溝口へ to mizonokuchi (film)

I walked around 10km the other afternoon, just to explore. Kawasaki, Kanagawa is known as a pretty Industrial part of Japan. I suppose its a side of Japan foreigners don’t often see – not nearly as often as we see sparkling skyrises and busy shopping areas at least.

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These photos are from my walk through the Kawasaki area on the way to Mizonokuchi. The neighborhoods are quiet and fairly run down. There is none of the hustle of Shibuya or Shinjuku. Half the cars on the road seem to be trucks carrying scrap metal and steel construction materials. Chain restaurants and decades old shops and small family-owned restaurants line the roads, along with an incredible number of car and motorcycle dealerships.

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I’ve noticed that Americana is a common theme among old restaurants and clothing shops. Below this “L.A. Pizza” was a “5 dollar American Jeans Store,” both of which seem to be closed down.

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In other words, its rude to smoke while walking. These signs are part of a government campaign to promote good manners, I suppose. They are common in trains, train stations, and smoking areas, and cover issues like public drunkenness and using cell phones on the train.

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This fountain was at the entrance to a very small Buddhist shrine on the side of the road. It had a small laddle (not pictured) to fill with water that I believe is for rinsing your hands (and sometimes your mouth too) as a means of purification before entering. Tiny shrines like this are everywhere.

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Are you surprised at all by these pictures? Do they coincide with your image of Japan? Its a very specific image that gets exported to the rest of the world and I don’t think areas like this are usually included in that.

*please click the images to see them full-view.

16 responses to “溝口へ to mizonokuchi (film)

  1. allison, you should make a book w/ all your picture of japan in it!!!! if you did, i’d totally buy it. and i’m sure a lot of other people would too!

    please make one!

    • I’d love to but how would I fund something like that?! Haha
      … any photo-book publishers out there? Want to help me out? : )

  2. woah 10km! you’re crazy.

    and i agree. a book would be a totally successful.

  3. wow i’m jealous, i wish i was in japan…i’m stuck in texas for the summer..bah humbug :]]] love the fotos. some pretty awesome shots there mate. what camera do you have, cause i cannot get over them. you never see this side of japan in fotos :]]

    xoxo
    mad love
    whitneyhollington

    • Thanks Whitney!! Have you been to Japan? Go, Go!!
      I use a Canon EOS Rebel K2 and I love it. Actually I’ve been using only a little casio digital camera for most of the year, this film camera is new (well, new to me) and I’m still getting used to it. Do you take pictures too?

  4. Great tour ofeveryday life. The scale of building still offers the charm, but it is surrounded by a grit that is more in keeping with an active industrial or light industrial area.

    How are your feet holding up?

  5. I’m a bit surprised that that’s Kawasaki. I’ve been to Kawasaki a few times when I was in Japan, but only for work, I was working at the shopping mall which is connected to the station, the Lazona (In an 英会話教室 over there). Unfortunately I didn’t explore any of Kawasaki. But yeah, I did see some areas like this when I was there, for my job I had to go to some industrial areas, can’t really remember if it was, but I think it was Kamoi which I went to in Yokohama which was similar. I’m really digging the fountain pic btw ;)

    • Yeah I was really surprised the first time I went to Kawasaki station because its SO nice. That huge fancy shopping area seems a little out of place compared to the surrounding areas don’t you think? Thats how it was on this walk too. Just run down suburbs and factories for miles and then suddenly mizonokuchi had this huge 0101 and tsutaya and all that!

  6. I love these photos more than any others…they capture a “heart” of Japan that most people don’t get the chance to see……thanks ne.

  7. I really really like the power equipment, dragon and rock ice. + the electronics store + plus everything

  8. I haven’t commented in a while but as always your pictures are great fodder for the imagination, Allison.

    I think it’s good to see another side of Japan, beyond the “shiny” veneer. I’ve seen a few bloggers who have made trips out of seeing old, abandoned buildings and even towns. Visually, Japan remains endlessly interesting!

    And yes, perhaps one day you will compose all of these lovely images together in a photobook. Even if it’s just for your own family and friends (or yourself!), I think it would be quite special. = )

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