I don’t know about you but I get desensitised to adverts at home, that’s big mistake in Japan.
Japan doesn’t really do subtle. Walk the streets of any city and you’ll soon discover if you have any latent epileptic tendencies. TV screens and enormous billboards rage through every imaginable colour and many also have speakers to blast snippets of the latest J-Pop sensation at you. Your attention will invariably be turned towards that kind of advertising first and foremost but you’d be a fool to miss traditional print advertising and the simple pleasure of weird branding.
Japan’s metro station adverts
Many of the best Japanese print advertisements can be found in metro stations and on the platforms. Places where screens are usually redundant because of the crush of humanity. It wouldn’t be cost effective when trains are constantly cutting off the sponsor’s message mid-stream. Or when your primary concern is making it off the train before the torrent pushes you back on again (this clip is from China).
Keep your eyes open for these kinds of things:
The markets of Japan
Markets are great photographic fodder wherever you go, and Japan is no exception. It’s easy to find strange things to buy and you’ll be sure to find them in weird and wonderful packaging.
The rooftops of Japan
This category is strangely lacking in my own photographic record. I don’t know why I didn’t take enough pictures of signs far above me. I once read that the developers of Portal claimed getting players to look up and behind them is the hardest thing in game design but I think that applies to normal life as well. I’d notice signs high up but I wouldn’t usually snap them. So here’s literally the only rooftop sign I snapped, partly because I desperately need help identifying the dude with the egg.
Who is he? Flanked by those titans Newton, Da Vinci, and Einstein is some loser holding an egg. Did he finally solve the Big Question describing the chicken/egg priority claim? The only scientist who I know definitely fiddled with egg-shaped objects was Tesla, and that is not Tesla. This is Tesla.
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