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Sanjusangen-do

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Kyoto, Japan


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Toufukuji Garden Path

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Toufukuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

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Fushimi Inari Shrine

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Kyoto, Japan.

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Nagoya Castle

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Nagoya, Japan.

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Pub Night

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Ishigaki, Japan

©2012 Darren DeRidder

Whenever I visit Japan I'm always struck by theodd sense of scale. Everything is slightly more compact, and space is used much more efficiently than we're used to in North America. This seems especially evident in cities where the compactness of buildings has an additive effect that can skew my perception of distance and perspective. What appears to be a large office building in the far distance can turn out to be a a mere 1-minute walk away, and fit within four of our typical parking spaces. Of course, there are large buildings in Japan, big shopping arcades and all, but the way things are arranged within them is still done with an eye towards efficiency and flow that's unfamiliar to someone who's used to rambling through the chaotic unkempt aisles of their suburban big box shopping plaza.  It's one of the things I like about Japan. The tight and tidy use of space, thefeeling that its a precious commodity, and that it's used…

In The Jungle

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Okinawa, Japan

©2012 Darren DeRidder

Holding Hands

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Taketomi Island, Okinawa, Japan


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Rocky Shore

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Okinawa, Japan

© 2012 Darren DeRidder

Toudai (Lighthouse)

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Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

©2012 Darren DeRidder