Photos of N

I took these photos last week of N.
There is not much I can write about the photos because they already speak for themselves.
But I suppose the way I take photos is intensive and sentimental process for me. The pictures anticipate the following solitude. The moment that is forever in the photos but never again. I only watch you and the tidal wave from other side. I am thankful for getting to know you.
Then I wish I could increase the beauty in the world a little a bit.


I took pictures with actress Narumi Sakurai. It was such a nice day.

We took a walk in old Japanese shopping street with a lot of old and broken buildings. Some of the buildings were being demolished and some trees were being cut.

I think photography for me is a kind of intimate process. I like to take a photo in casual setting. There are no hard rules.

Old film

I found old film that I had forgotten to develop. I had seen it floating around in my cupboard. Today I finally decided to develop it. I was unsure if it was some test film that had just some nonsense or blank frames in it. After pouring out the fixer I was happy to notice it had images.

I used to have a friend from Kyoto. She visited Yokohama sometimes. I lost in touch with her. She was in one of the frames.

Actually taking reliving a moment through photos is unnatural. Before we had camera we were not able to do that, we had to live in the moment because we had no way of getting the moment back. Maybe to take photo is one of our way to fight entropy, our effort to try to avoid the inevitable heat death. Actually universe is getting colder little by little but we humans try to keep warm.

I used to say “it is very natural action for me to take a photo” but actually can photography be natural? Because it is like cheating, we try to hold onto what cannot be held onto.

Seeing images like this and being reminded of people I no longer can see.. It does make me feel.

I guess

Material things are not made to last
and then I would like to live a long life


Some summer ago in Tokyo.


Dear friend of mine helped my office work today. I had such a great day working with her. I am thankful to know such a person in my life.

After work I visited my son’s old kindergarten. The place has a special meaning for me. Somehow everyone there is so kind always and I have nothing but good memories of the place. The president of the kindergarten is really smart and kind man, he really has international mind, like a library of knowledge.

The nurses are all unique and kind people. I can imagine how they watch life flowing by them. It has been over nine years since I first visited the place. Tonight it was hard to hold back tears when I left.


My friend and model Tomoko visited me in Christmas Eve after many years. We have been taking pictures over many years. I remembered the path of photographer and model is a journey after all. Years do not change the invisible communication.

We were able to resume taking pictures like there was no break at all.

Thank you the woman in my pictures for making my winter a little a bit more gentle.