Today is a national holiday in Japan. Respect for the Aged Day to be precise. So having taken lots of photos of elderly Japanese over the years, here’s a selection of shots to mark both the day, and this ever-growing, ever-resilient section of modern Japanese society.
Not the kind of photo I usually take. It’s a rather cliched one to say the least. But on the rare occasion I do find myself gazing down on Tokyo, the truly massive size of the city never fails to impress. Similarly, with all its distinctive areas, and seemingly limitless surprises, I’m always amazed that this incredible and truly sprawling metropolis has somehow become home. Yet perhaps more than anything, looking down it’s hard not to think about the infinitely varied lives of all those many millions of other people who call it home too.
Situated near a busy train station, this distinctive looking old alleyway was presumably once full of inebriated salarymen partaking in post-work drinks. Just one half of a block that way back when boasted numerous bars and eateries. These days, however, it’s falling apart and mostly shuttered up, with merriment now only existing in gradually fading memories.