Thursday, September 30, 2010

Shirakaba Lake Ruins

I have this image of Shirakaba Lake being a bustling resort area during the 80s, with lots of hotels lining the artificial lake, souvenir shops, and small restaurants. Of the dozen or so hotels in the area, fewer than half of them remain open. And the ones that didn't make it stand there rotting through the years. It's amazing how they allow them to stay there, only boarding up a few windows and doors. Looking through some of the windows, you can still see the lobbies and coffee shops exactly the way there were the day the doors shut for good.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frogs On Glass

Saw these silhouettes on the window of a supermarket near Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture. At first glance, I thought they were stickers that some kids might have placed there. Closer inspection revealed that they were small frogs. I guess they were attracted to the warmth.

Downhill In Tateshina

Short downhill run through the forest in Tateshina, Nagano Prefecture.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Tokoji Seijin

Very excited about how this turned out. The yellow vinyl is nice and bright. September 4, 11:00 AM PST.