2017-03-18

Grind Chaos 刺 vol.2

Finally finished editing the Photos from the latest Grind Chaos (2017-03-11) So far, I've put the best colour shots in the gallery here: http://bit.ly/GC-17-311

Here are a few teasers... I'm not gonna lie, It's some of my best work yet. If you're squeamish, it may be NSFL, Possibly NSFW too.






There's plenty more in  the gallery here: http://bit.ly/GC-17-311

2017-03-15

Increasing wealth at the expense of the city's soul. #Tokyolife



In the end it comes down to money. Many of the old homes are owned by old, lower-middle income earners. When a person dies, their descendants are taxed on their inheritance. In other words. If the owner of one of those quaint Tokyo homes dies, their kids will be taxed for their property on the extremely over-inflated land values of central Tokyo. The kind of money that no regular person earning even a moderate salary in Tokyo could ever afford.




Those families either have to give up their inheritance for a pittance, which is then snatched up by the greedy real-estate developers, bulldozed and turned into apartments for the rich, or to pay for the property, People are forced to take new loans on their property despite it being theirs, burying them in debt with no real hope for the future as salaries continue to spiral downward and Tokyo land values continue to shoot upward.



The government knows this. They could easily fix the law to support the people but as anyone following the Fukushima, Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Olympic scandals can clearly see, Neither the Tokyo Metro, nor the Central Government gives two shits about the regular, hard-working members of society. They only care about enriching themselves and the giant companies owned by their friends and families, at the expense of the people they should be serving.


So while you're strolling the backstreets of Tokyo, lost in your fantasies, know that what you're seeing is likely not going to be there for long, and all the small, local, vibrant, individual parts of Tokyo that made the city what it was, are going extinct.


Photos from Iwamotocho (Between Akihabara and Kanda)

2017-03-09

Shinjuku Friday Night #TokyoStreets




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2017-03-03

The allergy season has begun. #TokyoStreets

Spring is here, and it's earlier than it should be (It must be co-incidence, after all, global warming is a myth). As a result, however, the pollen is here sooner too, and thus, the masks are becoming more visible than usual.





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2017-02-24

Harajuku-Omotesando Streets

I'm not feeling well. Here are some random Tokyo street shots from Omotesando/Harajuku to pass the time. Shot when I had a Canon 5D Mark 4 for a day, last month.

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2017-02-18

Mountain hairpins, Tokyo Expressways, Monkey Business #7Days7Minutes (2016-02-06)



The only place I feel sane these days is when I drive. I need to get as much of that in as possible because I'm likely not going to be able to afford to drive soon. So till I have to sell my camera, computer and car, You're going to be getting a lot more driving too.



Music:
*Olivaw - EVIDENCE
 - https://soundcloud.com/olivaw/evidence

*kulimu - Amari wakaranai kedo (feat. irish4t, Tsurutin)
 - http://ccmixter.org/files/kulimu/13575
 - licensed under a Creative Commons license:
 - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/

*Aoki 1
 - Into Infinity
 - http://intoinfinity.org/

*Different Heaven - Nekozilla
 - Distributed by NoCopyrightSounds
 - https://youtu.be/6FNHe3kf8_s
 - Download: http://nocopyrightsounds.co.uk/video/different-heaven-nekozilla/

*The Living - Fe Agite
 - http://www.bullafey.com/

*iakwardlobster - Laser Armageddon
 - Liquidata Royalty Free Music Pack


Camera:
 - Apple iPhone 7 Plus
 - Sony a7S

Social:
 - https://www.instagram.com/darcnoodles/
 - https://twitter.com/darcnoodles

Passion:
 - http://darc.jp
 - http://bit.ly/darcjp666
 - https://www.instagram.com/darc.jp/
 - https://twitter.com/darcjp666

The company that inspires loyalty in me by paying me less than minimum wage and working me ragged:
 - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDYQ

2017-02-13

Kegon Falls 華厳の滝

Kegon Falls, Nikko, Tochigi, Japan. At the heart of winter.


Frozen


Looking like a Black metal album cover.


Deep.

2017-02-10

This is Tokyo


I'm not a fan of the Tokyo stereotypes. Especially the selectively chosen ones deliberately chosen to entice tourists and otaku, while deliberately hiding the harsh, rude, dirty realities of the city. But stereotypes exist for a reason, and sometimes, Tokyo really can look like the post cards.