Oosouji

Oosouji

I hope everyone is enjoying the last day of the year!   New Years Eve in Japan is a very symbolic day and is associated with cleansing the mind and the home, and making preparation for the coming year.  One preparation a lot of people do is called 'oosouji', or 'big cleaning', similar to the concept of 'spring cleaning' in the west.    It is a great chance to clear out clutter from your house and make sure you are ready for the next year.  As photographers it is a great chance to clean up photos in your library that you might have not gotten around to filing, posting or publising. 2011 was a great year for me.   I accomplished a lot of what I wanted in my professional and family life.  I was lucky enough to travel all over the world.   I had more success with ShootTokyo than I could have hoped or imaged in the first year.  I enjoyed today as a day to look back on the year and weigh what worked and what I can improve on.  I'll write a bit about that tomorrow when I talk about what I am hoping to accomplish in 2012.

Now onto this year's Oosouji...

Sometimes at night I like to walk around small little bar and restaurant areas.  Always great scenes to capture.

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I saw 'Tom' mouse when I was in Shanghai... looks very close to Mickey.  Hmmm.

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I have been stalking the local McDonald's trying to get the latest Pokemon Toys they are giving away in the 'Happy Sets' in Japan.  My son just wants the toys..

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It sure has been a year of fighting for Japan...

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I pass this building all the time.   I really need to spend some time shooting it.

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Choices...

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'This is the hamburger'...

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Sending New Year's Cards is such a big deal in Japan they get their own slot in the mailbox... We (well my wife) will have 100s in our mailbox tomorrow.

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Tokyo Sky Tree...

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Me at lunch the other day with my wife...  She can shoot the M9!   I am trying to get her interested so I can convince her she (I) needs the M10 whenever it comes out...

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Objects making shadows may be smaller than they appear...

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The 571hp Mercedes SLS... incredible car.

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I stopped by my favorite brand shop Zegna with my wife yesterday to pick up one of my birthday presents...

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She also picked me up two of Herbie Yamaguchi's photography books for my collection... I am building a nice one now.

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Happy New Year everyone!   Thanks for stopping by ShootTokyo!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

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