Japan in pictures

A selection of  photos from my recent trip to Japan.  An exhibition is planned, opening in Toronto in July 2018.  

 

 

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The "golden gai" historic district of Tokyo.

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Ohtani wannabe practising in batters cage, Tokyo.

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A local girl at Kanazawa rail station.

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Mother and daughter, Takayama.

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Shirakawa-gō

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Shirakawa-gō 

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Takayama village.

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An onsen in Wajima

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Swimming pool art installation in Kanazawa at the Museum of 21st Century Art. The model is real, everything else is an illusion.

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Sakura in full bloom, Kyoto.

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One of 1500 deer in Kyoto garden.  They are seen as messengers of God. 

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A 90-year-old local I had met on the bus in Kyoto. 

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Tokyo subway passengers. 

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Young girls posing for me in kimonos outside a shrine in Kyoto.

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Photographing the sakura in Kanazawa. 

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A French patisserie baker in Nerima-ku. 

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Heaven's gate, Kyoto. 

The Hasidics

All photographs © Steve Stober.  No unauthorized reproduction or usage. 

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Isla Mujeres

Spent a week here.  A few selections taken with an iPhone follow. 

 Seawall, 8am Wednesday Jan. 27

Seawall, 8am Wednesday Jan. 27

 Religious art everywhere.  

Religious art everywhere.  

 Island schoolgirls. 

Island schoolgirls. 

 Room with a View. 

Room with a View. 

 Typical island dwelling.  

Typical island dwelling.  

 Zocalo, town square. 

Zocalo, town square. 

 Sea wall view  

Sea wall view  

Table for 3.5

 Photographed with the iPhone at the Drake Devonshire. 

Photographed with the iPhone at the Drake Devonshire. 

  Ph  otographed with the iPhone at the Drake Devonshire. 

Photographed with the iPhone at the Drake Devonshire. 

Old Jewish Cemeteries

The Jewish Cemeteries of Prague and Frankfurt have a lot of historical significance.

 

Photos © Steve Stober  

No unauthorized usage permitted. 

 One of 800 similar tombstones at the Frankfurt Jewish Cemetery of those  who took their own lives between 1940 and 1944 after being issued deportation orders. 

One of 800 similar tombstones at the Frankfurt Jewish Cemetery of those  who took their own lives between 1940 and 1944 after being issued deportation orders. 

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 Oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe in Prague, dating back to 1400. 

Oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe in Prague, dating back to 1400. 

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Mad Men

Don Draper, the character created for the television series Mad Men, ended up at the Esalen Institute  in Big Sur, California on the final episode of the series (though it was filmed nearby.)

Here is what Don Draper may have seen overlooking the Pacific coast at Esalen, as I did back in the 90s.

 

 

 Bather, Esalen Hot Baths (1998) 

Bather, Esalen Hot Baths (1998) 

 Coastline, Big Sur, CA (1998) 

Coastline, Big Sur, CA (1998) 

 Hands on Body, Esalen Institute, (1998) 

Hands on Body, Esalen Institute, (1998) 

 Bather, Esalen Institute, (1998) 

Bather, Esalen Institute, (1998) 

 Signage, Esalen Institute (1998)    

Signage, Esalen Institute (1998) 

 

 Big Sur Library (1998)   

Big Sur Library (1998)

 

 Hot Tub, Esalen Institute (1998)          

Hot Tub, Esalen Institute (1998) 

 

 

 

 Mother and Child Bathers  (1998) 

Mother and Child Bathers  (1998) 

 Massage Table, (1998) 

Massage Table, (1998) 

April 30, 1975

Forty years ago, a North Vietnamese tank stormed the front gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon, effectively ending the long war referred to by the Vietnamese as the American War.  I photographed both  the tank and the gates a year ago while visiting Saigon.  

 North Vietnamese Tank  (2014) 

North Vietnamese Tank  (2014) 

 Front Gates, (2014) 

Front Gates, (2014) 

Havana Revisited

This past January, I returned to Havana after several years absence. The normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba prompted me to see for myself what was happening- or was just about to happen. Here are some of my findings-

 

 

  Big   News, Old Havana (2015)

Big News, Old Havana (2015)

 Kaleidoscope, Malecon, Havana (2015)

Kaleidoscope, Malecon, Havana (2015)

 The Great Divide,  Old Havana (2015)

The Great Divide,  Old Havana (2015)

 Hello Dolly , Malecon, Havana (2015) 

Hello Dolly , Malecon, Havana (2015) 

 Raul is Watching, Havana, (2015) 

Raul is Watching, Havana, (2015) 

 Rent a Fantasy, Old Havana, (2015) 

Rent a Fantasy, Old Havana, (2015) 

 Famous Paladar (restaurant), Central Havana, (2015)

Famous Paladar (restaurant), Central Havana, (2015)

 On the Move, Central Havana, (2015) 

On the Move, Central Havana, (2015) 

 Friends for Life, Havana, (2015) 

Friends for Life, Havana, (2015) 

 Goodbye Lenin, Havana, (2015) 

Goodbye Lenin, Havana, (2015) 

 Weird Fish, Playas del Este, (2015) 

Weird Fish, Playas del Este, (2015) 

 Open for Business, Habana Libre Hotel, (2015) 

Open for Business, Habana Libre Hotel, (2015) 

 Howdy Partner, Hotel Inglaterra, (2015) 

Howdy Partner, Hotel Inglaterra, (2015) 

 RCA, Centro Havana, (2013) 

RCA, Centro Havana, (2013) 

 Fashionista, Centro Havana, (2015) 

Fashionista, Centro Havana, (2015) 

 Glasses Repairman, Centro Havana, (2015) 

Glasses Repairman, Centro Havana, (2015) 

 A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall, Centro Havana (2015) 

A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall, Centro Havana (2015) 

 Basebol, Havana Vieja, (2015) 

Basebol, Havana Vieja, (2015) 

 Hotel Tropicoco (Playas del Este), 2015

Hotel Tropicoco (Playas del Este), 2015

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