Shine on, Japan

Shine on, Japan

I have always been fascinated by the intimate relationship between Japanese people and their cities: the city and its inhabitants embrace each other like partners in a dance: naturally, gracefully, in perfect unison.
But the disastrous events of March 2011 have strained this harmony in an unutterable way and the whole country is still suffering the weight of this tragedy.

Can Japan overcome this horrendous setback? I see in the shining faces of those I have photographed over the years the true and enduring nature of the Japanese people: resilience, fortitude, discipline and a determination to prevail and prosper no matter what obstacle is placed in their path. 
The heartbreak and loss cannot be erased. But what these face suggest is that Japan will rise again and shine on as an indefatigable example to us all.

‘Shine on, Japan’ is a selection of photographs taken in Tokyo between 2008 and early 2011. 
An humble attempt to try to protect the image of Japan that I have learnt to love and admire over the years.

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