Next to Meguro, heading West is Yutenji. This place really shows that Tokyo is a large collection of villages. It really has that village feel. There is a small and very unprepossessing station, with a circular taxi rank outside and a few designated "shopping streets" with very tacky banners at the entrance. For some reason a very large percentage of the shops in Yutenji seem to be hairdressers - maybe this is the place to live with a good head of hair. Business seems to be good for them. It is a fairly typical "middle class" area, which has seen better days and not yet been knocked down for the usual mix of small car parks and cardboard looking apartment blocks. It is a pretty good place to good walking around with a camera - and has a pretty large temple complex and cemetery as well. Have a look for yourself……

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Japanese towns are all well signposted. This one warms for small brothers and sisters in hats walking together. Taken on a Nikon F5 with Kodak Ektar 100 film.


Someone used to love this Beetle once. It is left somewhat forlorn in an outdoor parking space - behind a hairdresser of course. Taken with a Sigma SD1 Merrill.

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Here is the same Beetle taken with a Nikon F6 and Fuji Astia


There is a large stone masons shop near the station. His primary means of advertising seems to be leaving large stone objects lying around. Here is one. Taken with a Sigma DP2 Merrill.

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Yutenji Temple also has fallen victim to a unique form of Japanese graffiti - the family sticker. They are everywhere. Sort of a "Kilroy was here" idea. Taken on a Nikon F5 with Fuji Velvia film.

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The temple has a very nice main gate. With some cool devil characters on either side - but too dark to photograph. Photo taken on a Nikon F6 with Fuji Astia.

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Now this I can enjoy. I actually have a similar thing at home - although inside a 1.5 meter high glass bowl. Testament to my enjoyment of wine. Photo taken on a Nikon F6 and Fuji Astia.

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Someone doesn't collect their mail often enough. Photo taken on a Nikon F6 with Fuji Astia.

© David Runacres 2014