KOBE, JAPAN IMAGES: ALL THE BEAUTY OF LIFE

cdod 189 cdod 178 cdod 174 cdod 175 cdod 173 cdod 182 cdod 183 cdod 181 cdod 179cdod 166cdod 167 cdod 168 cdod 171cdod 182“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

5oct14. Kobe, Japan.

8 thoughts on “KOBE, JAPAN IMAGES: ALL THE BEAUTY OF LIFE

  1. Could you allow me to use one or two of your pictures on my blog.
    I am thinking about a topic (more or less a philosophical one, something in the direction of http://asifoscope.org/2013/06/16/the-philosophy-of-cars/ (without the cars)) for which they might fit. I am not yet sure exactly how to write it and maybe nothing will come out of it.
    On many of your pictures, there are cracks, dirt, disorder, clutter, Things people put out of their back doors etc. I am thinking about the tension between real life implementations of cultural things and the ideal concepts we have in our minds, e.g. the ideal concept of a wall and the cracked and dirty and rusty implementation of it in the top picture here. There is the real thing and by taking it as if it was a wall, we are making it into one…

    1. Interesting. As I’ve been catching up on Jacqueline’s posts this morning, I’ve been reflecting on how, in the West, we have an idealised image of Japan as being neat and clean and tidy, with cities full of gleaming skyscrapers, when the reality is often what Jacqueline captures – rust stained walls, discarded components from life, peeling paint and faded signs. I love Japan more for this contrast between efficiency and decay than for the ideal view of it I had before I visited.

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