This was taken at one of the doors inside my house, the girl, alas, was not smiling for me, but for my friend Bob who roomed with me for several months. A picture of him will follow in a bit.
This statue of Siddhartha was in the garden around my house, enclosed by a wall and pagoda gate. The garden was a pleasant and quiet place, escaping from the hustle of the village just outside the wall.
Bob, in the same garden, after one of the infrequent snows we'd get in the winter. Behind him another statue, of a 7 story pagoda can be seen, along with the almost bonsai pines.
Two other pictures taken in the garden. At this time I was toying with the idea that I'd be a professional photographer. I had just seen the movie 'Blow-up', directed by M. Antonioni, one of his first films. It's one of the few movies of that era that have actually kept it's interest to audiences.
Following are other pictures taken around Japan that year, 1968.
A feudal-era castle in Osaka
The entrance pathway to a Shinto shrine and park
Fountains at the Imperial Palace, Toyko
The famous and often-photograph of the Torii at Miyajima.
Ok, this one is my one photography claim to fame:
it was published in Stars and Stripes, Asia edition.
These last ones are people I photographed there one time or another.
This girl was being photographed by several people
in a park in Hiroshima when I happened by. I started
taking a couple shots when one of the other photographers
told me they were a photo club, and had paid this woman
to model for them. I apologized and left.
I was walking in Tokyo when I saw a group of
what had to be paparazzi taking pictures of this young
girl walking a dog (you can see the leash). I have no idea
who she was, or what it was all about. She's looking rather
disdainfully at the group of photo takers.
A nurse I worked with.
I don't think these last two were taken at the same time.
And in truth, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I took the shot.
Two salarymen, the last possibly retired, napping.
Well, I had two more to add, but apparently I've reached a limit of some kind for loading pictures.
Ah, figured out how to do it.
A demonstration near the closest military base, I happened
to be passing through.
Taken while I was waiting for a ferry to Hokkaido, the
northernmost island in the Japanese archipelago.
I have no idea, she didn't stir in the 5 minutes or so I
was watching. Clearly there was something on her mind.
I hope it came out well for her.