Images of Japan

Sarah E. Braddock Clarke is an Author, a Curator and Senior Lecturer for Fashion Design & Sportswear Design at the Fashion and Textiles Institute

Fascinated by Japanese art, design, thinking, and culture for many years, a recent research visit led me to Yokohama – just south of Tokyo in Tokyo Bay –  and also to Tokyo itself.

Here are some of the visuals I came across on my daily meetings and work with many Japanese professionals – from Japanese professors to designers at NUNO Corporation and the fantastically eccentric team at Liberty Japan.

I walked in between my meetings and got to know the different districts and took some photographs along the way. What is apparent from these few images is the two sides that co-exist in Japan’s main cities:

  • the traditional and the technological
  • the spiritual and the materialistic
  • the ancient and the futuristic

Here are some of my observations:

picture1A glimpse of Chinatown, Yokohama – apparently the largest chinatown in Japan

picture2A traditional wedding in Sankeien Garden, Yokohama

picture3A restaurant with a fabric curtain at the entrance, Minato-ku, Tokyo

picture4A shirt hung by a Tokyo worker in a tree – he changed into a different shirt and went into a nearby bar, Minato-ku, Tokyo

picture5Rainy season, Minato-ku, Tokyo

picture6Umbrellas and cleaning cloths, Omotesando, Tokyo

picture7A shrine to pray for the health of your pet, Omotesando, Tokyo

picture8Moncler window display and Porsche in garage, Omotesando, Tokyo

picture9Decoration on an abandoned building, Minato-ku, Tokyo

picture0“Tokyo is Yours” – graffiti, Minato-ku, Tokyo



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