Using a Ricoh GRD III and a Nikon DSLR to photograph streets, people, architecture and anything else that catches my eye.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Osaka #4

I think I've done enough 'people on the street' photography for a while. I don't want to get stuck in a rut by posting the same old thing too often.  So instead, I will just fall back on my other old favourite subject, urban Japan; in particular my old favourite, Osaka.

Firstly, The Tower of the Sun , an interesting remainder of Expo70 Osaka. Still standing, next to a current amusement; this intersting testament to 1970s optimism in science and nature certainly grabbed my attention.

Two images here of Tsūtenkaku, "Tower Reaching Heaven", an observation tower built in the 1950s. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Osaka, and has been a great advert for Hitachi for many decades.

Carrying on with towers; how about a towering Gundam robot? This is a huge advertising board on the side of a toy and model store, which specialises in robots. There are more robots in Japan than the rest of the world put together, and robots have been part of Japanese culture for many decades. One of the most popular robots is the Gundam series, which have sold books, magazines, toys and models by the millions.

This is the head quarters of NHK television in Osaka. NHK is the Japanese national television service. I have previously held a view that much of Japaese architecture is quite reserved and somewhat bland. This building though seems quite playful and interesting in comparison. 


Michael Gatton said...

I certainly don't want to box you in, and I love your people shots, but my favorites are still your architectural images.

I always thought Godzilla represented the atomic bomb, and I suppose historically that is correct, but when I saw the Hitachi tower literally towering over what looks to be a more traditional Japanese obelisk, I think modern capitalism/technology is perhaps a better analogy today.

Not that I have anything against "progress," but it does come at a cost...

George McKay said...

I don't see a lot of street photography blogs so I do enjoy seeing your London postings when you choose to run them.

In the shot Michael refers to, the tower and the obelisk, are noteworthy from an Americentric perspective - the resemblance to two U.S. icons - the Seattle Space Needle and the Washington Monument.

s.c said...

I don't have so much english word's as my co- commentators but I think also that your architectural shots are the best and if they contain people it is still better because it gives scale to sometimes a complete immeasurable view. Love your japan shots. Also the street views are eyeopening.

ismall said...

I really like the "Tower Reaching Heaven " one. Take pics of whatever you like- its your blog!