30 June, 2011

Coca Cola Vending Machine

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As I mentioned a while ago, I am glad that the light is coming back to Tokyo:)

Although private companies took a decision to turn on the signboards, public spaces are still dark including high ways!!!

I have asked some taxi drivers about it, and they told me it is very dangerous late at night because they can't see people on the dark streets.

It is wise to save electricity where the light is not needed, especially when nobody is there. For example, the entire office doesn't need to be bright when there are only a few people working late at night.

On the other hand, a vending machine with no lights on on a very dark street, it's a total waste of energy. Isn't it wiser not to have a vending machine at all where there is no light?

The machines are running at night using energy anyway... and making no money.

Saving energy is important. But we need to find a clever way to do it. We are learning it after making so many mistakes.

About this photo, this is a coolest looking vending machine I have ever seen:) Yes, the light is on!

27 June, 2011

Life in Tokyo, 27 of June

Mineral water is available for drinking water. And now you can find it just anywhere.

But how about taking a shower? What do you have to do if you get caught in the rain?

Personally, I am not so worried about radiation so much.

I saw a photocopy of a newspaper article on the wall at a restaurant near my home.

According to this article, released several years ago, "beer is good for your health because it protects you from radiation."

I decided that I like the idea. I much prefer to drink a little bit of beer and survive rather than just worrying about radiation and living with a fear.

24 June, 2011

Streetcar

On my last post, I introduced you the very modern side of Tokyo.

Here is somewhat retrospective side of it;)

I always like to see old things that are alive. People use this street car for commuting to work, going to school, going shopping.

It is not for tourists. It's there because it's needed.

Some old things disappear because people no longer need them. In a way, it's a healthy thing.

If people need old things, they naturally use them and take care of them, even though new things come into use.

Seeing the view like this, it makes me think of many things.

After the earthquake, I have been trying to discover more of Tokyo with my camera. It's not for the record. Simply it's for my own pleasure of capturing "now" and sharing it with my readers:)

20 June, 2011

Night Train Ride in Tokyo


This is the greatest videos I have seen on youtube. Please enjoy!

Watching this video made me realize how much I liked the lights in Tokyo, and what an amazing place it is... 

19 June, 2011

Street Art

Something I found in Paris which I loved.

Hard to explain why I like it, since I am not sure what it means.

Somebody may paint it white again, so I may not see it again. In fact, I don't remember exactly where I it was.

But the memory of this street art is forever in my heart. Even if I loose this photo, I will probably never forget about the moment I first saw it.

I guess this artist can't even imagine he/she is making somebody in Tokyo very happy.

18 June, 2011

Growing

It may sound strange, but the nature seems to talk to me all the time.

Not in a human language, but it is more like "heart to heart" communication. I sense what they are telling me with my heart.

Once a tree told me something very important, and I can never forget the message.

"We all keep growing until the day we die."

I hope to learn a lot of things from the nature and keep growing until the last day of my life;)

But at the age of 42, I still feel like I am still waiting to bloom!

16 June, 2011

Sharing Hapiness

There is too much negative energy around since the earthquake hit Japan.

But if we keep feeling sad, we cannot move ahead.

Instead of just feeling sad, I personally decided to find happiness every day, and share it with other people through writing and photography.

This is a happy moment on the street I found in Paris this spring. They were finishing a wedding at a city hall, and they just came out.

This little girl looked so happy, and she was getting a lot of attention from other people;) I was one of them.

15 June, 2011

A Young Boy and Me

I went to a container wharf for taking photos. It's not a fancy place, and normally people don't go there, unless they are working in the shipping companies on the wharf.

At the end of the wharf, I took some photos of the ships in Tokyo bay through the fence. The sky and the sea looked pink and blue. I had a great time there.

I thought I would be the only one to be there, but there was a very young boy who arrived before me. He was also taking photos of this view with his little camera.

He is about 9 or 10 years old. I saw so much of me in him;)

I remember I also had the first camera of my own when I was 9 or 10. The quality of the camera was not very good, but I still have some prints from those days.

In this photo, the little ship is a cruise ship, it sails inside Tokyo bay. And the big ship probably goes to some other countries, carrying a lot of containers.

I wanted to ask him why he liked this view, but he looked too busy, so I didn't. But he and I had a lot in common. 

13 June, 2011

Light is Coming Back

You can't imagine how happy I was to take this photo.

It was taken in West Shinjuku, where the famous film Lost in Translation was filmed. Also, I lived in this part of Tokyo for many years. So, I feel it's still my neighbourhood.

Lost in Translation: Wikipedia

It looks like full of neon lights, but please look at the top left. Many of the lights are still off.

It has been dangerously dark at night in Tokyo in the past 3 months. So I am very happy that the light is coming back.

Shops and restaurants realized how important for them to keep the lights on to attract customers. So, many private companies started turning the lights on.

Although it was a rainy evening, I felt happy and went out for photo shooting, eating out, having a drink with a friend;)

Meanwhile, the public spaces are still awfully dark. I can't believe the all the road lights are off on the main streets. Just this evening, the taxi I was on almost had an accident.

I had a good conversation with the taxi drivers then. It is almost like a miracle that there haven't been so many traffic accidents at night.

07 June, 2011

Ordinary View

This kind of view is something very common in Tokyo, and I am just used to it.

But if I have a camera with me, it helps me realize how every moment is so precious and special.

We are in the rainy season now, but the sky cleared up when I was in front of this building. It almost looks like a spaceship ready to launch.

I was also holding an umbrella, but I was so happy that I lost it somewhere. lol

05 June, 2011

19:10 in Tokyo

Fortunately shops and restaurants started turning more lights on. I have noticed the difference this past week.

But the public space is often extremely dark. It is very dangerous... I keep hitting myself into electric poles at night on the main street on my way back home from the train station:(

This is not because of "shortage of electricity." It's because people think they need to save electricity as the government and the authorities are telling them.

It's easy to imagine how much money they have lost.

This is not good for the economy. Ordinary people are beginning to be aware of the big mistake this country was making.


01 June, 2011

Life Goes On

Looking back on my childhood and younger days, there were just so many troubles and challenges. But I somehow survived.

And I know that I will keep living like that until the very last day of my life, together with lots of helps from other people, and lots of miracles.

I still feel the earth shaking, many times a day. 80 percent of the time, it's my imagination. And the rest is real earthquakes...

Anyway, I try not to worry about anything. No matter what happens, life goes on and on.

I have a friend who bought a pale green coloured gas mask and white protected gear against radiation. I thought to myself,  "they don't look so cool"...

So, I am not going to get any gear which I don't really want to buy.

On the other hand, I do respect his decision and feelings, as he was an earthquake victim in Kobe.

I believe there is no such a thing as "wrong choice" in life as long as it takes you where your hearts wants to go.

I am not following the latest news at all now, and my life is perfectly okay.

I am already busy enough with work, and on my free time, I am always looking for something beautiful and taking photos;)