Stills V3

September 17, 2009

Not Elbow Grease

Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 12:14

Sasazuka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.



  1. The poster is intriguing, but it’s that post box that holds my attention; I expect it to turn to me and start talking, and I imagine it’s a sad post box, but I don’t know exactly why.

    Comment by matt — September 17, 2009 @ 13:01

  2. It is sad because it is the only thing in the whole town with graffiti.

    Another excellent use of monochrome. I bet the colours here are all over the place.

    Comment by Colin — September 17, 2009 @ 15:54

  3. Temporal archaeology. The postbox stirs faint memories of Japanese militarism so I presume (correctly or not I do not know) that it is quite old. The poster, meanwhile, represents a more modern Japan. The timberwork tends to be the clay surrounding both objects: it feels as though it has been there some time.

    Monochrome tends to reinforce my reading of the image. Colour would tend to make it more contemporary.

    Comment by John Ellis — September 19, 2009 @ 06:38

  4. This seems so neat and orderly after Martin’s meadow. That post box also strikes me as nearly alive. The girl smiling from the tattered poster in an interesting contrast to its solid, somber form. The graffiti seems more like a signature on a piece of art or sculpture.

    I like the repeating of shapes that you often seem to do so well.

    Comment by Christina — September 27, 2009 @ 03:40

  5. I was slightly misled at the first viewing and wondered why a post box (Pillar box) should require a chimney! I am also very intrigued by the young lady in the poster and her ‘wares’ (not elbow grease)

    Comment by Rex — September 27, 2009 @ 13:25

  6. Correspondence crematorium? I first thought the postbox was a brazier with the drain pipe as a chimney.
    With the state of the poster & the stacked boxes I get the sense of a well-used but slightly aging space.

    Comment by doonster — September 28, 2009 @ 18:21

  7. If the girl in the poster weren’t looking at the postbox, this wouldn’t be nearly as interesting to me. It certainly doesn’t hurt having the cylindrical shape in the poster to echo the shape of the postbox. It’s also interesting the way the text is scattered about the scene forming an effective triangle. Plenty of lines, shapes, and textures to hold my attention.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — October 1, 2009 @ 19:38

  8. The girl in the picture is advertising bug repellent. Given my schoolboy humour the Japanese for such products always makes me chuckle. The first three characters on the can are read as follows: the first two as ‘aa’ as in ‘father’ the third ‘su’ as in ‘suit’. Put then together and you have ‘aasu’ – read it out loud and then you may chuckle too…and thus the title. The postbox is red and I think post second world war. The poster and chair probably from the sixties. I need to go back and look at the building because for the life of me I have forgotten what it housed! Thanks for all the comments.

    Comment by akikana — October 4, 2009 @ 12:30

  9. Went passed this building yesterday and it is a modern five story apartment building with this faux-facade restaurant on the ground floor. One further thing I learnt earlier this week the significance of the red post box. The Japanese, as with many things after their opening up as a result of the Meiji Resotration, borrowed the basis of their postal system from the United Kingdom. Explains why the post boxes are red I guess!

    Comment by akikana — December 13, 2009 @ 05:46

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