This is a photograph of a typical shopping arcade; such arcades are fairly common in Japanese cities. The arcade is three or four blocks long, is covered by the roof the entire length of the arcade, and, of course, is open only to foot traffic and bicycles. The variety of shops in the arcade is great and includes, in the instance of this specific arcade, the following shops, as well as others --hard ware store, fish market, fruit and vegetable shops, pharmacy / variety store, McDonald's restaurant, beauty shop, clothing stores, tea ware gallery, pachinko parlor, bread bakery shop, Mister Donut shop, and a 100-Yen store (a bargain store). [other images in this colletion will show some of these individual shops]
A vegetable and fruit display, with prices listed. Oranges, persimmons, apples, grapes and peaches. --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.
Although the Japanese don't traditionally like cheeses, more people eat cheese these days. This grocery store has an impressive selection although this is *just* a regular super market.
A beautiful door at a traditional Japanese bar
Dried sea weed (nori) is an essential part of a balanced Japanese diet.
Example prices at a flower shop .
An excerpt from Lee Magazine shows trends in hats and bags for Japanese women in 2003.
Some kimono fabric on display.
A beautiful kimono featuring a cherry blossom (sakura) pattern.
A counter at a candy store, full of goodies.
An impressive selection of manga (comic books) at a book store in Hokkaido.
Boxes of osechi, while beautiful and tasty, are often extremely pricey.
Pickled vegetables are very popular in Japan.
Various greens in a Japanese market.
This particular bit of advertising was for a nightclub where several of the employees would dress up as a traditional Chinese dragon or dogs. They would run up to people on the street and dance for them.
Fish for sale at the Wet Market in Chinatown, Singapore.
Many such stalls in Koyasan sell evergreen fronds to people for embellishing their family altars at home where ancestors are revered. This one is in a spot very characteristic of Koyasan: the old stone wall behind and the line of toriis heading up a path to the left bespeak the charm of this old mountain town (founded in the early 9th century) with its limitless reminders of traditional religion.
This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.
In order to participate in the Hachiman Festival Parade in Morioka, my group had to be outfitted in proper footwear, the Japanese geta (sandal). This store, besides selling Western-style sneakers and dress shoes also specialized in traditional footwear with shoes for everyone from parade participants to brides.
Cartong of milk (gyunu) for sale.
Instant Ramen, always a popular item, is shown here, pre-packaged with bowls.
The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.
Counters in a Japanese post-office
Different brands of soy-sauce, packaged in plastic bottles.
Pocky, a very popular treat all around the world, was created in Japan.