My friends Rachel & Nori have such an interesting back story. She's Scottish and taught English in Japan before a seven year stint in the city at NHK Broadcasting. He's a 6'4" local boy who's family has been in the Sugamo district of Tokyo for over 100 years. After a five year diversion as a politico in Washington, D.C. his family was happy to see him settle down back home when he met Rachel. Both are very forward thinking and community minded. Together with his family they've created Ryozan Park a shared living/work concept for like minded Japanese and expats and as they put it "people share not only the living and/or work environment but also ideas, culture, language, and friendship". Recently, they even expanded it to include a novel family share program where parents can work while they watch their children play with other children and adults nearby. They truly are fully committed to the It Takes A Village concept!
Quick glances and fleeting moments were one of the highlights and lasting memories of my recent shoots in Tokyo.
No place has more energy in Tokyo than the Shinjuku District. My friends and I totally tapped into that to enjoy some tasty sushi & hardcore karaoke that left us extremely happy and completely exhausted!
Enjoyed grabbing some snaps of my friend Hana at the Shibuya Crossing and the Shinjuku train station on a chilly night in Tokyo.
I spotted these preschoolers being pushed through Senzokuike Park in Tokyo...four kids per cart! It's really refreshing to see small little quirks in how different cultures approach everyday things.
It was a total surprise and bonus for me to learn that the school year starts in April in Japan. Kids of all ages are excited to be going back to school. Many children receive an expensive randsoseru style firm-sided leather backpack that is meant to last from kindergarten through sixth grade.