Hello Ojisan

Hello Ojisan

Today is the last day of my 30s and tomorrow I turn 40!    I’m officially an Ojisan.  Who would have thought I would get that old but life continues forward regardless of your opinion in the matter.

The year is coming to an end.   I love this time of year.   Japan shuts down completely for about a week and gives me a lot of much needed downtime at home.

I realized this morning in my recent blog re-design I didn’t leave a way  for people to sign up for my newsletter so I have added a signup on the sidebar.   I shoot out a newsletter about once a month or so with an update of what I am up to and news on ShootTokyo.    You also get a free copy of my eBook when you sign up.    You can also have my posts delivered to your inbox.

A Chindonya (チンドン屋) !  They were a street advertising band in the olden days.

Today’s Configuration: Leica M6-J, Elmar 50mm f/ 2.8, Summilux 35mm f/1.4 and Kodak Portra 100. 

Old Japanese Band

Political posts in Japan…. these ones from the Communist Party of Japan.   The left one says あめりかいいなりもうやめよう!。Stop listening to America!   The middle one says stop all nuclear energy .   A hotly debated topic in the months following the 3.11.2011 Earthquake.  The right one says stop consumption tax.

They seem to just object to things verus proposing anything.   Honestly I really don’t understand politics in Japan.    I am not sure I ever will.

Japanese Communist Party Posters

Japanese Street Sign

A cool old VW… Old VW Bug

An Audi TT RS!   I used to drive a TT and it was fast…  I have previously owned two Audi S4s that were amazingly fast.  I test drove and Audi RS4 and it was amazing but so fast that I didn’t think I could even safely control it on the streets of Tokyo.  I can’t imagine how unbelievably  fast a TT RS must be as the car is so light.

I want to get another S4 again in the future.   That was the best car I ever owned.

Audi TT RS

Me in the mirror

Me in the mirror

I saw this on the side of a truck and thought it was pretty cool…



The cone bullying continues… and so does my reporting of the situation.   This needs to stop!



The cones are continuing to evolve .   Now outfitted with solar powered flashers…


It looks like Doughnut Plant in Jiyugaoka is closing down.  I took one of my favoriate pictures of my wife Mayumi in front of here…

Doughnut Plant

Megami Shop

Japanese Post Truck

Rooftop view

I had lunch the other day at my favoriate News Cafe

News Cafe

News Cafe

She makes more Clam Chowder I have ever eaten…

News Cafe

She had a Christmas Plate for the holidays…  I couldn’t believe how good it was.  I love the food at there.

News Cafe

The ShootTokyo Mobile is fixed and back in action…  Note to self:  No more dragging along poles

Audi A5

Maybe one day…


A few more ShootTokyo shirts left for $1.99.   Get them before they are all gone.   Thanks for stopping by today…


  • David Runacres

    Happy birthday for tomorrow. The TTRS photo makes me remember the one I left in HK 8 months ago. Fabulous car and much faster than the m3 I had before. A Porsche beater for sure.

  • aida

    Nice pic, and Happy Birthday..

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks David. Looking forward to talking about that car with when we go shooting on the 2nd.

  • http://tommclaughlan.net Tom McLaughlan

    Congratulations for tomorrow, Dave, but – please – none if this ojisan rubbish! Your best years are ahead of you – take it from someone who this year became not an ojisan but an ojiisan! No, not a real grandparent – just someone who became 50 :-) Congrats again on the web site refresh – yours and Patrick La Roque’s are the two I always turn to. The others, I’m happy to get their content via Reeder.

  • http://rosekate.me/ Roxana

    Always love to spend some time on your blog, love Tokio and hope someday will be able to see it with my own eyes and camera. Have a beautiful birthday tomorrow!

  • Masa

    Welcome to Ojisan age ! But in Japan these days around 40 years old is called shiny age rather than 20. Happy birthday for tomorrow.

  • Bryn Tham

    Happy Birthday Dave, wishing you all the best.
    (Sorry if I messed up your name in Japanese ^_^¦¦¦)

  • http://obliqueexposure.wordpress.com/ Carlos Ferreira

    Happy Birthday, Dave!

    With so many cool cameras to shoot, how do you decide what to take when you leave the house in the morning? M9-P, M-Monochrome, M-6… so many choices, so little time…

  • Ady

    Happy B-day!

    Ady from Romania. 😀

  • Tommy F

    Happy Birthday, Dave!

  • http://leightonsmith.smugmug.com/ Leighton Smith

    Happy Birthday to a fellow December baby! You’ll love the 40’s even more than the 30’s! I’ll wait to comment on the 50’s in another 10 years. Looks like you were “out of uniform” in that mirror self portrait 😉

  • Arefti

    Happy Birthday, Dave! Thanks for all the great photos!

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks Tom. I haven’t seen Patrick’s site before so Thanks for the inspiration. I love how Ministract is looking. Readers: Check it out if you haven’t.

    Roxana – Thanks. Tokyo is wonderful by Camera… Nice blog as well by the way. Your images have a nice feeling to then…

  • Mark

    Happy birthday Dave!

  • http://www.translucentmirror.com Adrian Lee

    Happy Birthday Dave!
    And Happy New Year to you and your family!

  • http://www.shoottokyo.com Dave

    Thanks Adrian. Happy New Year to you and your family as well. I hope to see you in the New Year!

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