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Photography Tour to Japan #10: Views of Wajima through a ground glass at Letters from Japan

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Posted at 5:26 am in Japan Photo Trip, Wajima

Looking over Wajima Port, Photo by Scott

Wajima is a small port city located at the northern edge of the Noto Peninsula. The population is about 7000, and fishing is one of the largest industries here.

We stayed at a hotel located on the top of a hill looking over the port with the fishing neighborhood on one side and an expansive view of the Japan Sea on the other. In the morning, you can see sunrise over the mountains making the the port and the neighborhood backlit. In the evening, the sun sets beautifully over the beach on the other side. It just simply has gorgeous views in both directions.

I woke up at five in the morning during my stay in Wajima to explore the fishing neighborhood and walk into the narrow streets and alley ways. When I say they are narrow, I mean that they are about 4 ft wide.  Not having grown up in a place like this, I find it amazing how people live in this environment. I am sure that everyone knows everyone in this kind of living situation, and there is a mixture of community, obligation, and support.

I also walked into the port with my camera and talked to as many people as I could. I asked some of them if I could photograph them. A lot of people were shy about it, but they were not defensive at all. Some of them  welcomed being photographed. I photographed one man who was working on a ship in the dock. He was shy about it, but after several minutes of waiting and asking over and over, I got to photograph him against the ship that he was working on. He looked very serious staring at the largest camera he has seen in his life.

One of the typical shots that I did was the view looking over the port. I climbed up on a water tank in the hotel’s parking lot. I set up my camera and took a couple of shots of  sunrise every morning. The city is quiet this early in the morning except for the port: you can see some of the boats are going in and out of the port and people are driving in their tiny cars. Luckily we had great weather during our stay in Wajima which made this view from the the water tank a lot more dramatic with clouds.

Front of Tokikuni House, Wajima, Photo by Lauren

Written by projectbasho on September 12th, 2008

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