The Neighbor...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-06:35
Today was full with errands in the neighborhood, daily stuff... check in with the doctor, visit the dentist, pick up some groceries (brown rice, bananas, yogurt, fruit, ... a bottle of riesling... the essentials).

This house is around the corner... 
it's just a matter of time... 
one day it'll be a new house.

Another overcast day, a touch of haze-fog, but no rain.

Thanks for looking,
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A good title for a movie! ;) [nt]

 By: amanico : July 8th, 2019-06:40
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+1 ;)

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-08:03
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Greet photos.

 By: Bounce781 : July 8th, 2019-07:00
It kinda of reminded me of the Vermeer “Little Street”.

Something about the composition and the vertical position of the ladder


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First time to see "Het Straatje" ("Little Street")...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-08:02
by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.  Too kind to see any similarities ; )

I was first drawn to "Neighbor" because of the decay and vertical lines... but there are also a lot of horizontal lines.  I have known this building for 10 years or so... it actually doesn't change that much and I have photographed it before with film... this is the first time using digital b&w.  Slowly one-by-one these old buildings are giving way to stand alone homes or apartment buildings.  The city is always moving and changing, yet remaining 'the same'.  Some of the photos I enjoy are everyday scenes.

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Probably not WSJ Mansion Global material [nt]

 By: Thomas_3 : July 8th, 2019-07:50
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 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-08:06
and I don't think that van has moved in years. Next time I take a morning walk I'll kick the tires... Casey
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I love photos like this with plenty to look at.

 By: kev09 : July 8th, 2019-08:24
The old van and bicycle and the ladder with the foliage growing through it. Great. Regards Kev.
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totally agree Kev...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-14:33
more interesting than "Little Boxes... made out of ticky tacky. And they all look just the same". But that's an interesting subject to photograph as well....  Casey
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When I first saw this on my phone...

 By: fernando : July 8th, 2019-08:25
I though it came from a book ... something I would consider reading. smile The photo also captured my attention - superb composition.
Chapter 2 will be a nice follow up. smile
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fernando... I did buy some books over the weekend...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-14:49
This old house reminds me of the discussion about "what we photograph and how we photograph it".  It doesn't need to be pretty, well composed, or even in focus nor does it need a layered fore- middle- back-ground using the rule of thirds.

On Sunday at Kinokuniya in Shinjuku I found...

"Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
"Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"In a House of Lies" by Ian Rankin

I wanted to pick up "A Village Life" by Louise Glück, a book of poetry, but the book store didn't have a copy in stock.

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One thing I have learned in life

 By: cazalea : July 8th, 2019-09:35
Is that things like this change very slowly. Nice houses change ownership in 5-7 years on average here. But hoarders stay til they die. So don’t buy next door to a hoarder! Especially don’t think that he (or she) will soon move and the kids will clean it up and sell - they are probably living there now anyway.

I had the chance to buy the ideal house - a couple miles from where we live now, two guest rooms in a separate wing, 6 car garage space, fenced courtyard, room-size vault with concrete walls (house built by a local banker), nice view, etc. and I could afford it.

There were only 2 major, dangerous drawbacks. The hoarder living next door, and the fact that it was only 100 yards to my local jewelery/watch dealer!

The guy who bought it instead of me moved out within a year, but the current owners must be able to overlook the hoarder as they have now been there more than 10 years.


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Mike that home you didn't buy...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-15:05
reminds me of the beautiful homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico... and if you ever need a real estate agent there, let me know... ; )

Here it's more what's on the inside of the home rather than the outside.  It's all about the living space... mind you a view of Mount Fuji is always nice and I love my unobstructed view of Shinjuku and the "eastern" horizon - think sunrise & moonrise.

In the 32 years I have lived in Tokyo (so far) I have had five homes, so slightly less than the average you quoted... I don't think that I will move again ; )

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perhaps a naive question Casey..

 By: Izhik : July 8th, 2019-13:37
is this in Japan..??
somehow, it doesn't fit for me into a Japanese street scene...
as I said...probably bit naive...
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Izhik... you must visit Japan some day...

 By: cshimokita : July 8th, 2019-15:53
and yes, my "neighbor" lives in Tokyo... it's funny about our impressions and what has gone into forming these mental images.  For example the most recent stats regarding population and areas...

Japan: 126.8 million / 378,000 km2
California: 39.5 million / 424,000 km2
USA: 327.2 million / 9,834,000 km2

and just for fun...

Japan coastline: 29,751 km (18,486 mi)
California coastline: 1,350 km (840 mi)
The controlled access multi lane expressways of Japan have a total length of 10,021 km (6,227 mi) or 8x the length of California...

There's a popular weekly TV show called "You" where the reporter interviews newly arrived foreign visitors about why they came to Japan.  The reporter follows selected individuals during their time here.  Each show has multiple interviews and maybe 2 detail segments.  It's a very diverse and interesting show.

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it's not that I must....I MUST...obviously....

 By: Izhik : July 9th, 2019-12:52
you are right of course Casey and I admitted that...somehow, in my perception, I would not at first instance associate that interesting scene with...Japan...modernism, mainly sky scratch buildings...
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The mix of tradition and modern...

 By: cshimokita : July 9th, 2019-15:36
common social issues such as an aging population skewed by different cultural approaches.  Politics and business practices with subtle and not so subtle differences... and always that reflection of unique history - recent and ancient.

Traveling is good at so many levels... it's always interesting to discover what visitors want to experience on their second, third, fourth visit. OTOH on my increasingly infrequent visits to the US I always search-out good Tex-Mex food...

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This one is nice

 By: Quan : July 9th, 2019-20:35
to take picture before it gone as you said, it will be more difficult to find in the future
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Thanks Quan...

 By: cshimokita : July 10th, 2019-00:03
I passed by that house in the morning and went back with a camera in the afternoon... it's just around the corner.
I will have dinner with a friend later this week in Shinagawa... I definitely take a camera, maybe two. My former boss is in Tokyo on business and we always get together for a meal... I haven't been in the Shinagawa area in years so looking forward to that.
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very nice....prefer the b/w version....... [nt]

 By: berlin90 : August 30th, 2019-14:11
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Thank you Robert...

 By: cshimokita : August 30th, 2019-14:43
That was a digital b&w conversion from the Fuji x100t... I really should go back and shoot that with film. Thanks for the comment, Casey
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