12 hours a day

12 hours a day

I have been working 12 hours a day, everyday, for a month settling into my new job.   This is just part of starting a new job.   Personally I work the best when I am extremely busy so I am really enjoying it but I am looking forward to taking a rest this weekend and spending some time with my family.   I need the downtime.

I had to run out to Shibuya last weekend to run an errand and happened to be reading Twitter on the the train.   I learned there was a gathering of 170,000 people protesting the restart of a few nuclear reactors and their march happened to be crossing my path.  I love living in a big city…always subject matter for me to shoot.

Nuclear power has become a widely and very publicly debated topic after the nuclear disaster following last year’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

I caught a few of the protests last year:

Anti Nuclear Protest in Tokyo

Part 1: Anti Nuclear Protests across Tokyo

Part 2: Anti Nuclear Protests across Tokyo

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

原発いらない! We don’t need nuclear power.

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

I think the Tokyo Police lost control of the last few protest and were not able to contain the crowds.   This time they broke all of the people marching into groups of about 100 or so and the ending place for the protest was a very small park that you could only stay for a few minutes before they were hurrying you along.  I think the ending point is where they lost control in the last few.  Look at my links about and you’ll see the size of the crowds that formed.   Their approach this time effectively emasculated the protest taking much of the energy out of it.

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Very organized protesting…

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

Anti Nuclear protest in Tokyo, Japan 渋谷で原発反対デモ。

I love this watch ad… I have seen this in a few train stations and just love it.

Watches

I have been searching for a new watch for a few years now as I had a very specific look I wanted.  I finally settled on the Blanc Pain Aqua Lung.  It was exactly what I wanted.   Simple and understated.   Then it took me a year to find one…

BlancPain Aquq Lung Grande Date

A concession stand at a Japanese movie theater…. sort of like what I am used to from the states.

Movie Theater in Tokyo

This is my life lately…. ride the train to and from work but always time for photography.

On the train in Tokyo

On the train in Tokyo

On the train in Tokyo

I couldn’t image lugging a comic book of that size on the train every day…

On the train in Tokyo

I always love how there are four grown men fast asleep in the seats reserved for the handicapped, elderly and pregnant women that magically wake up as the train arrives at the station…

Public sleeping in Tokyo

Public sleeping in Tokyo

Now this makes me laugh… I work in Roppongi Hills which is a mega complex of offices, shops, restaurants, and bars.  It’s competition just a few blocks away is Tokyo Midtown.   As you come off the subway there is an exit for Roppongi Hills and a separate one for Midtown.   The entire way up from the subway heading to Roppongi Hills is advertising for Midtown.  I love it…

Subways in Tokyo

Subways in Tokyo

Going up

Strange that they are so against miniature schnauzers…

No dogs

Roppongi Hills Starbucks

Going up…

Roppongi Hills

The view from my desk… I can see my office off in the distance.

Roppongi Hills

Roppongi Hills

Raw cabbage… only in Japan.  Yummy.

Izakaya in Tokyo

Izakaya in Tokyo

Izakaya in Tokyo

Choices, choices, choices…

Izakaya in Tokyo

This was the smokey restaurant…

Izakaya in Tokyo

Izakaya in Tokyo

Kabuki

On the train

At the station in Tokyo

Thanks for stopping by today…

 

14 Comments

  1. keep it up!!!! you have got a talent there… ;)

  2. Dave,

    Ahhh….. The memories!

    Kevin

  3. I’ve been to both RoppongiHills and Tokyo Midtown several times when I visit Japan and like both although I favor the layout of TM over RH. Feels less chaotic somehow.

  4. Beautiful watch Dave. I just purchased a new everyday watch myself, just a little less costly (ha, ha). A Timex Ironman 30 Lap watch that lights up, beeps, etc for $35. It tells time too.

  5. I love the simple understantement of most of these shots.

    As to the guy reading on the train… why the hell did he choose to go over the phone book during his commute?!

  6. Thanks Carlos. I don’t get either way you would want to carry a manga book of that size around… it’s the same size as a phonebook as you said.

  7. Damon – Yours sounds much more fancy than mine. I don’t have any lights, beeping or other fancy functions…

  8. Tom – I agree but for work Roppong Hills is it. The life services section for the office is very convient. There is so much right there that is makes it a very good place to work.

  9. I love the shot of your office building at night! I’ve been getting into industrial night photography. I work 12 hour shifts at a Lime plant in alabama. They are no fun. Keep up the good work! Gumbate!

  10. Hi Dave, having discovered your website last year I posted you my thanks for a very enjoyable read. I found your site inspirational. As a result I bought my first camera, a Canon 550D and completed a 10 week on-line OU course on photography and digital imaging. I am just about to take the cellophane off Adobe Lightroom 3, get a business card, set up a website and continue to shoot daily. Thanks for continuing to inspire.

  11. Irene – That is great to hear. Please share your website link when it is up and running… Glad I can inspire!

  12. The first “Smokey Restaurant” picture is REALLY cool, for lack of a better word. Is that film?

    Been catching up on your blog posts. Love Tokyo, love the blog.

  13. Thanks Kye. These are all digital shots…

  14. I have never been to Japan – the thing that strikes me, is how clean everything is in the pictures.

    Is that typical of Japan?

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