Stills V3

January 28, 2009

Beauty Salon – Ruby

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 00:42

Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.



  1. As with your ‘person holding up the wall’ shot, this appeals to me a lot as a street shot, in this case for the zany collection of wires. ‘Ruby’ looks very Arabic – an interesting juxtaposition of (whatever) languages on a sign.

    What sort of treatment does someone wearing a baseball cap get in there?!

    Comment by John Ellis — January 28, 2009 @ 07:55

  2. I wonder if the person is needed. But regardless, this is a brilliant observation of the way we build our lives and cities.

    Comment by Colin — January 28, 2009 @ 13:50

  3. Why do I feel like this all about to come crashing down, and would I feel that way if the person weren’t in the frame?

    Comment by matt — January 28, 2009 @ 14:25

  4. It is the myriad of overhead wires that give this image its interest and impact.

    As an engineer I ask “Why”.

    Comment by Rex — January 31, 2009 @ 08:17

  5. I think the amount of above ground cabling is earthquake related…need to track it down some more as the best I can currently come up with is the ‘It’s Electric’ post here:

    Comment by akikana — January 31, 2009 @ 08:48

  6. Very weird coincidence. I had Kaiser Chiefs’ “Ruby, Ruby, Ruby” playing in my head. Song & video tie in nicely here (probably lost on the rest of you).

    Wires give a sense of place, otherwise could be almost anywhere in the world.

    I like a mid-stride passer-by in street scenes.

    Comment by doonster — February 1, 2009 @ 16:37

  7. All the wires somehow make me think of puppets and the passer-by feeds the fantasy. I thinks perphaps the wires are somehow holding it all upright.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 3, 2009 @ 22:12

  8. As usual, you have a wonderful way with a square. As others have already said, the wires are a big attraction here — (which seems a bit funny to me.) I’m not sure the strolling person is needed either, but I like him/her. The potted garden in front of the salon is also a nice feature.

    Comment by Christina — February 4, 2009 @ 02:54

  9. Didn’t really notice how arabic those Japanese characters looked until I posted this. We do seem to have a lot of overhead wires in Tokyo…sometimes they’re a real photographic pain. You have to learn to live with them and work with them.

    Comment by akikana — February 6, 2009 @ 09:51

  10. Not a case of ‘if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all’. I just misssed it.

    The wires are like those on a cage holding the captive animal in its prison.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 8, 2009 @ 11:28

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