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Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Which of these photographs are iPhone 6s and which are Nikon D7000?

Imitation series: Tokyo, April 2016. Images shot on iPhone 6s and Nikon D7000. All edited on Snapseed on iPhone.

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

Tokyo: Blur will save the world

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Abundant goodwill

For many reasons, I love the photograph I have chosen as one of my personal favourite iPhone photographs for today. The funny thing is I do not recall taking the photograph. I know it is in Tokyo, most probably in the sprawling underground that lies beneath the city. When I was there I spent so much time just people watching. In a city of over 30 million there can be few better places on the planet for this. I would find myself carried along in the swell and rush of people. Many times, while I was there I got lost. The labyrinth-like underground with its numerous exits require alertness. But Tokyo underground is a great place to get lost. Without doubt Tokyo is the safest city I have ever been in. The people are courteous and kind. One time, getting  the subway back to Shibuya, I got off and missed my exit for my hotel and before I knew I had walked quite a distance in the wrong direction. Needing to find my way back I stopped a young guy to ask for help. He had limited English, but abundant goodwill. Despite having been going in the opposite direction, this young man walked with me all the way back to the famous Shibuya Scramble Crossing, a landmark which I used to locate my hotel. This walk took about ten minutes. Having thanked him, I watched as he walked back in the direction we had come from. I was so struck by his kindness.

So, today’s image comes from Tokyo. If you ever get the chance to go there, grab that chance.

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Tokyo

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The wonder of it all

Choosing the next image is easy. This is a shot that just appeared before me as I was travelling on the Narita Airport Express into Tokyo, last year. Having just landed and being in awe of the city appearing on either side of me it was this beautiful little girl who was lost in thought looking out the window in front of me which captured me. As we rushed passed, Tokyo reflected in her eyes, making me think, was this her first time in Tokyo; was she as in awe of it as I was? Or was she just bored and staring into space? I will let you decide. Me, I was in awe. Tokyo had resided in my imagination for years. Built-up images of this mega-city and its people were soon to be confronted with the actual reality of the city. I will never forget seeing  what must have been a radio tower  piercing through a cloud, its tall spire reaching up to the sky and the white cloud hovering its mid-section like an inflatable water toy. It actually frightened me a little.

I took nearly a thousand iPhone images while in Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.

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The wonder of it all [Tokyo, Japan]

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Obsessed with keeping dry

Ireland is known for its rain; relentless rain. Yet, I doubt if any Irish person spends time thinking about getting quality rain gear. If you walk down an Irish street when it’s raining, you will see lots of people, usually men, walking without an umbrella. In summer, when it can rain a lot, it is easy to identify the tourists. They are the ones with the waterproof capes, wellington boots and each individual with their own individual umbrella. And all of this rain gear is usually in the colour green; especially if they are from the U.S.

What struck me when I was in Japan last year was that everyone, men and women alike carried an umbrella, and when the rain came (and it did – every day I was there) they shot up. I had never been in a place so populated, and so populated with umbrellas. I just had to get one too. Japan is the land where the concept of convenience is super-accentuated. When a shower of rain starts, big buckets of cheap umbrellas are placed outside convenience stores and for 500 yen (about €5) you can get an umbrella. Another great thing they have for umbrellas is that when you step in to a store from a shower, you can dip your wet umbrella into what I originally thought was a bin until I saw the withdrawn umbrella sheeted in a transparent plastic. This prevents the raindrops dripping off  your wet umbrella when you are walking around the store. Very cool!

For me the best thing about the umbrella I bought was that it was transparent. This transparency, with bubbly raindrops, provided a beautiful filter for me to shoot photographs. Last week, when I was selecting my personal favourites I overlooked these shots. So, to put this right I am posting three of those shots, three which I have framed and hanging in my home. Hope you like them. Full size is on my Flickr account. Just click on the image below.

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Tokyo in the rain

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Keeping dry in Tokyo

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Tokyo life through a transparent 500 Yen umbrella

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