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The Land of the Rising Sun is that and so much more: beautiful nature, beautifully natured people. Paradoxical and, at times, incomprehensible. In villages or cities, people go about their lives in meticulous, diligent, but never predictable ways, governed by unique quirks that are both endearing and exasperating.

Photographing Tokyo is an overwhelming proposition. I felt like a kid turned loose in the world’s largest candy shop, with engaging and compelling images around every corner. it was Sakura time: cherry blossoms 24/7. People are in a trance, incapable of satiating their appetites to photograph and be photographed with the pinkish-white flower.

Myself, I stuck to the other nature: human nature! One cannot help but be touched by the civility and the genuinely accommodating disposition of the Japanese. Cameras: M9 and M9 Monochrom, vintage 35mm Summilux, 50mm Summicron and a 28mm Elmarit