International Travel Photo Contest
2008 Honorable Mention
Justin Williams, Charleston Air Force Base, Japan
I have traveled to Japan for my contracting job for the Navy. After my trip I have a new appreciation for the people and the culture. Some aspects of their culture that I find particularly helpful is their willingness to help a stranger in most situations. As Americans we stuck out like sore thumbs. I cannot count the amount of times we were assisted by those who did not even speak English.
As part of the trip we were able to see the Imperial Palace which is seen in picture 76. In the middle of this huge city is a peaceful area off by itself undisturbed. It is close to what a park in the center of the city would be. There were still large presences of guards standing watch over the palace.
Tokyo at night is seen in picture 37. I have many pictures of just how bright the signs are. It is amazing to see at night. Some of the pictures I have taken of particular shops I have noticed in movies as extra footage.
The Sankeien Gardens in Yokohama is pictured in number 288. The tower was easily visible from a long distance and provided a very good photo opportunity. It was a nice escape from the city sprawl of Yokohama and provided a glimpse of what life was like many years ago. Old houses complete with some artwork are still in place.
Yokohoma also has a very large train station hub seen in picture 80. It is very easy to get lost in the chaos. This was a calm scene compared to some of Tokyo’s largest. The train system is very reliable and seamlessly blends into everyday life.
Lastly in picture 79 was from a sushi restaurant. It was packed into a small shop just outside of the train station. We frequented this particular shop. Many shops in Japan have conveyer belts and you just pick what you would like off the conveyer belt. The plates are color coded and have different prices depending on what you pick. When you are finished they just total up your plates and price and you leave at that. Very efficient.