Summer Fireworks Displays

Tokyo Bay At Dusk
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Japanese Fireworks Photographers
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You could say that Japan has five seasons. From June 10th or so to mid/late July is the rainy season when, though it is warm, the cloud cover and frequent rain keeps the temperatures in the low twenties. After that, the temperature and soars and the humidity is very hard to take, no matter how long you’ve lived in Japan. It’s a bit like being in a sauna with your clothes on, and nights are only marginal easier to take than daytimes. Many of my friends head off to Europe for August to escape what one of my friends calls, “the blast furnace”.

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Thatched Pointed Roofs and Silkworms

Cut Out Thatch
Hara House
Inside Farmhouse
Interior Furniture
Roof Detail
Stones On Roof
Tatami And Wood
Thatched Roof

These pictures show historical buildings from an open-air museum in the west of Tokyo. Some of these houses are important cultural properties. Most have been transported from elsewhere in Honshu. They include a watermill, a warehouse on stilts, a kabuki stage, and a shrine. A few of the houses date back to the 17th century.

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Hairdressing Salons

Aaty Hair
Arms Hair
Def Hair
Hair Drop
Happy New Hair
New Hair Collection
Grow Up Hair
Wierd Window Pull
Wish For Hair
Begins Hair

Many of the hairdressing salons in Tokyo have English names, probably because English is seen as being hip and modern. Unfortunately these names are often strange, inappropriate, even bizarre, as you can see in the photos above. One of the reasons for this is that, often the students with an artistic bent that go into the hairdressing and beauty business are those who are not academically bright, and often very poor at English studies.

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Cherry Blossoms

01 Plum
02 Magnolia
03 Blue Sheet Waiting Day
04 Hanging Sak Close
05 Branch Swan
06 Branch Bank Day
07 One Flower Trunk
08 Wait Cushions Red
10 Through Palace Gate
11 Branch Bank Night
12 Boy On Father
13 Branch Black Background
14 Photographers Night
15 Party
16 Temple Ueno

Late March/early April is the time that the famed cherry blossoms open in Tokyo. As Japan is such a long thin archipelago, equivalent to the distance from Morocco to Norway, the cherries begin to bloom in February in Okinawa, have reached Tokyo in late March, and finally bloom in Hokkaido in early May.

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Cosplay Japan

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Cosplay is Japanese word made from combining ‘costume’ and ‘play’. This shortening and combining of English words is very common in Japan. Japan is a very visual culture where people of all ages take appearance and dress very seriously.

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All photos and text copyright © Tony Smyth