Photographs from a small group of islands
Oct 09 2015 10 Comments
10/9/2015 at 11:30 am
Hi Lee —
I was in Shikoku a couple of weeks ago and came across an “international public style” place in Takamatsu…
I guess it qualified for international since there were some Korean-inspired dishes on its menu along with local ones… 😉
10/9/2015 at 2:39 pm
Often the sign itself is all the qualification needed!
Sounds like you had a good time though. And enjoyed a nice variety of food and booze.
10/9/2015 at 12:23 pm
Looks like a scene from a cheap horror movie.
10/9/2015 at 2:43 pm
It’s certainty got a big of character. Passed by so many times since I first found it, always hoping to photograph someone walking in or out. In the end it perhaps wasn’t someone as interesting as I’d hoped for, but it was someone nonetheless.
Hans ter Horst says
10/9/2015 at 9:47 pm
A dank underpass, I can see how that would can be easily mistaken for the world outside. 🙂
Great interaction with the bloke though, makes the photo work very nicely!
10/10/2015 at 7:04 am
Indeed. Dangerous too, with international people lurking suspiciously!
Cheers! As I mentioned in the comment above, I’ve long been hoping to photograph someone in the underpass. Nice to actually the get the shot. Or at least a shot along the lines of what I wanted.
10/10/2015 at 3:25 am
Is this the one in Chiyoda-ku? If so, it’s actually listed on Fodor’s website LOL They call it a “ragtag collection of shops”, most of which are duty-free – you can hear cars rumbling above on the freeway that forms its roof. Looks like a good place for International Shady Characters to hang out…
Ah, I just found it on Tourist’s Eye, another travel site. They have a color version of the same shot without the somewhat perplexed pedestrian. Your shot is more redolent of, I dunno, failed ambitions? I wonder if this place ever matched the dreams of its developers.
10/10/2015 at 7:10 am
Interesting. Just had a look myself at those sites. Cheers for that. And you’ll be happy to hear that standing and waiting not so patiently at the entrance, I perfectly achieved the international shady character look!
To be fair, it’s nowhere near as bad as it looks. Well, the actual arcade isn’t anyway. But putting the sign in the underpass does suggest it’s situated down there. I know the first few times I wandered down it I assumed it had gone out of business. Only later did I realise it was next door!
10/10/2015 at 8:22 pm
so much obsession with ‘international’… When i went to Japan in the 80’s they were all on about ‘international this’ and ‘international that’.. I guess in this internet era all that has become a bit passe…
10/11/2015 at 12:06 pm
Don’t hear it as much, but it’s still a word that gets bandied about every now and again. But as ever, it almost never gets beyond just a word…