Colourful collections of origami cranes are often found in Shinto shrines around Japan. The Japanese word for crane is tsuru. The crane is a symbol long life, happiness, peace and good luck. In Japanese folklore, the crane was thought to live for a thousand years, which is why it’s a symbol of longevity.
I wanted a shot of the Tokyo Skytree. But I wanted a shot that would include both the sky and a real tree. In the park on the opposite side of the Sumida River near the Sumida River Boat Terminal — where you can board a water bus — I found an angle I liked. The real tree dominates the frame, making the Tokyo Skytree look very small. In reality, the structure is 634 m tall. That’s taller than the CN Tower. In fact, it’s the second tallest free standing structure in the world.
The joy and pleasure of street photography is in finding little scenes that are usually overlooked by passersby. This urban micro-setting captured my attention while wondering the streets of Tokyo, Japan in May. The cluster of flower pots and the cute, diminutive statue of a dog, arranged on one side of the concrete dividing wall evoked in me a curiosity about the person who created it. Did he or she have a cherished pet, now passed away, for which the statue is a tribute? Or are the flowers simply a way to brighten the entry to a rather dull, urban dwelling?