Solitude

On the days I can approach people,
Everyone seems beautiful.
The air sparkles.

I don’t understand myself.
Why have I held onto this solitude?

TRANSLATED FROM THE JAPANESE POETRY BOOK
OTOHIME KARA URASHIMA TARO NI TSUGU BY NAOMI OTSUBO.

 

 

(ORIGINAL JAPANESE POEM)

勇気の孤独

自分から 人に
話しかけることができた日は
どんな人も  美しく思える
大気が きらめいて見える

どうしたものか 自分よ
何もそこまで 孤独になるな

詩集「乙姫から浦島太郎に告ぐ」BY 大坪奈保美

A Letter to the Stars

To the countless stars in the sky,

Does being round
make it easier for you
to travel through the universe?

Or, while on your travels,
did the universe beat you,
making you rounder and rounder?

Or is it the space between us
that simply makes you appear round?

Is keeping a good distance your secret?

TRANSLATED FROM THE JAPANESE POETRY BOOK
OTOHIME KARA URASHIMA TARO NI TSUGU BY NAOMI OTSUBO.

 

(Original Japanese poEm)

お星さまへ

天空にまします数々のお星さま

丸ければ
宇宙で うまくまわっていられますか?

それとも
まわっているうちに
あの手この手で 宇宙が
丸くしにかかってくるんですか

それとも
何でもかんでも
遠くにおいてしまえば
丸く見えてくるもんですか?

つまり
距離をおくってことですね

詩集「乙姫から浦島太郎に告ぐ」BY 大坪奈保美

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Tokyo Gate Bridge

If there was a defined edge to the city of Tokyo, this would be it. Tokyo Gate Bridge is the furthest public highway built out into Tokyo bay. The island on the horizon is Chuo Bohatei, Tokyo’s largest landfill, which is reaching the edge of the municipality’s border. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape. The image is also an optical illusion: can you tell if the bridge piers are getting thinner or taller the further away they are? Click on the image for a larger view.

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Edogawa

The levee along Edogawa or Edo river is 10m or 30 ft. above the river course. The land on the other side is near sea level. The population density for this Tokyo ward is 13,900 people/km² or 35,900 people/sq. mi. Millions of people are protected from riverine flooding by these structures. This image is from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape. Click on the image for a larger view.

News: Tsukiji & Athens Photo Festival

Our latest book Tsukiji: Tokyo Fish Market Suite is now available in our store. You can also read about this book here.

Both Tsukiji: Tokyo Fish Market Suite and Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape were selected for the Photobook Exhibition at Athen Photo Festival 2017. The festival runs from June 14 to July 30 at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.

Photobooks at the Griffin

Yesterday, Naomi and I were at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. We joined around 20 independent and self publishers for a celebration of creativity and vision. It was very gratifying to meet such a lively and engaged community. This was the first time we participated in such an event—we had a great time. We would like to thank all those that stopped and talked with us. Click on the image for a larger view.