Following my trip to Poland and subsequent photography of my grandfather's funeral I began to get the strong urge to set out again, alone, to the other side of the world with nothing but my camera in hand. It would have to be some place I had not yet been and the obvious choice for me was Japan. While i study the language to this day and have many good friends living on that side of the planet, over the years it has been a destination that has been elusive, time after time. I set out to capture what I had known and the many new experiences which were sure to greet me along the way. It would be a journey, on many levels.

There was a visual story I wanted to tell, however it was one I did not come to realize until I was flying back to Canada. I will be back again and soon. There is much more to tell and show.

One of the areas I intended to visit was an area affected by the tsunami following the earthquake earlier this year. I was only able to make it out as far as Natori but the damage was clearly visible there. Little remained beyond roads as a lot of cleanup efforts were made. Regardless, there were many signs of past lives now forever gone. On my way back i pulled up Google maps and was surprised to find street view available for the affected area. It really made clear how much life was changed there that day.

This time, this is my private Tokyo.

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