Archive for the ‘fashion’ Category

My sister recently scanned a treasure trove of old family photos. I’m usually resistant to nostalgia, but these shots from our childhood in rural Petaluma were just too good to pass up. The initial pair of shots obviously date from Halloween past. I love that my sister felt the need to wear a mask as […]

The 2014 Nipponbashi Street Festival (日本橋ストリートフェスタ) will be held in Osaka on March 21st.  I went to the 2013 Street Festival and had a blast, even though I did end up missing the parade itself (which is the main event) and instead spent my time on the backstreets taking portraits.  Most of the more elaborate […]

pure poetry


Sometimes the hats in Japan read like they’ve been written by the Flarf manifesto* itself.  I imagine a strange factory in which Flarfists engage in needlepoint fistfights as they stitch together hats that float through crowds like boats carrying a cargo of secret, conceptual language. UNNAMED BRAVE MAN NOBLE SPIRIT BOAST IT STAYS HERE Or […]

I love the English that ends up on t-shirts in Japan, though for a long time I’ve stopped keeping my eye out for it because English-language t-shirts are so ubiquitous that trying to remember to actually read them is a bit like trying to remember to taste the air when you breathe.  Recently I’ve been […]

Here are a few shots from a series I of portraits I took in Kyoto of Marié Abe, a stunningly talented accordionist and composer who is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  These shots were originally intended for use in the 2009 edition of the Bay Area Accordion Babes pin-up calendar (with CD!), but […]

On the last day of The Bay Crew’s stay in Kansai, we headed out to Nara to see the Daibutsu at Todaiji. In fact, I think it’s the third time that I’ve been out to see Nara’s Daibutsu, and the Daibutsu and I are becoming old friends. The deer and I are becoming old friends […]

After sojourning in Kyoto, and then spending a fun-filled evening in Osaka, The Crew and I headed to Arima so we could enjoy the highly civilized pursuit of bathing in hot springs. According to Margaret Price’s Classic Japanese Inns and Country Getaways, a book that has been very kind to me not a few times, […]