Stills V3

December 9, 2010


Filed under: akikana — akikana @ 12:50

Shibamata, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo.



  1. What Guy means by the title is both bad and good news: about three weeks ago he had a heart attack but with some effective catheter surgery he is back to normal and raring to go. It all sounds rather horrendous to me but Guy is very matter of fact about it and the way he describes everything makes the event and its aftermath seem fairly routine.

    Can we blame the sign?! There’s a wonderful cornucopia of goodies in this with the flower-holder legs skipping away in response to the sign. Assuming that that is a human figure by the ‘attack’, it would appear that he is having a good old scratch in public!

    Comment by zavaell — December 9, 2010 @ 18:15

  2. Ummm be careful what you photograph! :-)

    This is the antithesis to the modern sterile cloned UK high street. It is a mess but fun to observe.

    Comment by Rex — December 9, 2010 @ 19:55

    • Actually Rex it reminds me of a typical Petrol Station forecourt.

      Comment by cgcooke — December 12, 2010 @ 00:12

  3. Yes, I at least was puzzled by the title, so thanks for the explanation John. Best wishes to you Guy, for a speedy and full recovery.

    Puzzled I might have been, but the angles do give me a feeling that I’m under attack from the building.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 12, 2010 @ 00:17

  4. Thanks, John, for the explanation — and Guy — relieved to know that you are “back to normal” including posting such a gem as this.

    The attack here seems to be coming from the three flower holders which are ready to pounce (or perhaps topple over) on the observer in unison. It may be a bit of a “mess” as Rex said, but you’ve brought good order to it here, and the details are enjoyable. It gave me a smile as have many of your past photos.

    Comment by Christina — December 13, 2010 @ 04:57

  5. no more attacks please.

    Are the streets in Japan narrow, I ask because of the angles of so many of your pictures. Not that I have a problem with angles, the angle here allows you to fit all the items lined up here.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 15, 2010 @ 10:34

  6. Guy, pleased you are OK and appreciate the humour.

    I like the clutter in this, the three flower stands liek sentries watching the street give form, but it is the clutter that makes this for me. I’d like to see it a bit bigger really as I’m sure there’s more in it.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 16, 2010 @ 21:06

  7. Thanks for the comments and thoughts. Most streets I seem to find interesting are narrow and there are plenty of narrow streets in Tokyo. The angle of shooting is a preference built up over time. Helps me not worry so much about straight lines! The ‘heart’ attack shop is a supermarket. The flowers are in celebration of the recent opening of a spicy noodle shop next door.

    Comment by akikana — December 19, 2010 @ 08:32

  8. What a contrast to the UK. I can’t imagine a new take away ot cafe putting big stands of flowers outside in celebration in our cities. Banners and noise yes, but not flowers.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 19, 2010 @ 17:46

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