Sokerissa – Homeless Dance Performance in Tokyo

Sokerissa are a dance group for homeless people based in Tokyo. I initially found out about them through Matsuyoshi san, who I have been working on a photo documentary with. He is a member and invited me to come to rehearsals. I have been going along for a few months and  tonight I saw the first of three performances this weekend in Higashi Ikebukuro Chuo … Continue reading Sokerissa – Homeless Dance Performance in Tokyo

Making A Photo Essay

In putting together the photo essay for my project on Matsuyoshi san – a homeless man in Tokyo called ‘Ibashoganai’ I was quite perplexed as to where to start and how to go about it. I had around 3500 photos and have never constructed a photo essay before. Not being particularly well schooled in visual literacy and being quite attached to certain photos, I did … Continue reading Making A Photo Essay

The Ainu – Starting A Photography project with The Indigenous People of Japan

I’ve had an interest in making a project with the Ainu for a while. I am fascinated with indigenous cultures, mostly because their worldviews are pre-science and religion and are a more direct expression of who we are as humans. They are also a meeting point of a number of issues in modern society namely ecological, national identity, land rights and spirituality. My project doesn’t … Continue reading The Ainu – Starting A Photography project with The Indigenous People of Japan

Homeless in Tokyo – Day 4

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that last week I spent 2 days with Matsuyoshi san – a homeless man in Tokyo on my second stint sleeping on the streets. I slept terribly on the first night and would hazard a guess that I managed half an hour of sleep, but felt surprisingly chipper the following day. As I mentioned in my day … Continue reading Homeless in Tokyo – Day 4

Homeless In Tokyo – Day 3

I came back to stay with Matsuyoshi san again for a couple of nights from last night. Since I have to work too, I am not currently able to do a long unbroken stint of staying with him, but I’m finding that doing it this way gives me time to take in and process what I learnt last time. I have noticed since doing this … Continue reading Homeless In Tokyo – Day 3

Homeless In Tokyo – Day 2

As I mentioned in my last post I slept well on the second night sleeping on the street in Shinjuku, but on waking the thing that made it most difficult to feel relaxed were the sounds. I wear earplugs but there is something discomforting about waking up with the sounds of the city all around, I felt exposed and as though I didn’t have my own … Continue reading Homeless In Tokyo – Day 2

Homeless In Tokyo – Day 1

If you read my post yesterday you will know that I’m currently making a photo documentary with Matsuyoshi san – a 68 year old homeless man in Tokyo. I initially started this project for two reasons, the first and main reason being curiosity about the homeless community in Tokyo and the second was a motivation to help Matsuyoshi san in some way. My idea was … Continue reading Homeless In Tokyo – Day 1