Faces of Japan

Travelers know that it’s people who define the places we visit and that it’s often the people that we remember the most.

I have spent the last three weeks in Japan, traveling across much of the country and enjoying all of its magnificent scenery. Still, it’s the Japanese that I have fallen for, in a way that I never expected to.

Before now, I knew many Japanese people at home and abroad and I saw them traveling everywhere in the world in their very Japanese way — somewhat sequestered, separate, and silent. But when you meet the Japanese in Japan, it’s a very different experience. The Japanese in Japan are open, friendly, warm, communal and very natural. I think that’s been my biggest revelation from this journey.

I met thousands of Japanese, I spoke with hundreds and I made fast friends with so many of them. These images (shot on my iPhone) represent just a few of the friendly faces that I will remember as I depart a country that I have grown to love.


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    September 26, 2011, 8:54 am

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  2. Chigusa
    Los Angeles
    September 26, 2011, 11:54 pm

    Simply nice.

  3. PetersonLive
    September 27, 2011, 11:49 am

    Its nice to come back from a country with a world view that is enhanced by personal experience for the better.

  4. Pawel
    Ostrowiec Sw.
    September 27, 2011, 12:20 pm

    i lauding when i am looking at

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  6. Nihongoonarau
    June 1, 2013, 10:29 pm

    I think the reason they appear to be silent and isolated in a foreign country might just be because they are super nervous.. LoL I get like that a lot and I come across as silent and seperate to others-> but Im not, I’m actually a very warm person. I just get nervous 🙂