Each encounter I had with a member of this vast race revealed an individual with a personality all its own, the result of a history at once common and mysterious. Inevitably, I came to see them as they really were: creatures who populated the niches and nooks and corners and alleys of neighborhoods and streets and lives.
And so I began with my camera to record their story, as my movements around town took me through their world. These photographs show them exactly as I found them; as indeed they remain even now, in their places everywhere, waiting only to serve.
I have been living in Japan's ancient capital, Kyoto, for 25+ years. I am the founding editor and art director of Kyoto Journal, a non-profit all-volunteer quarterly on Asian culture, that has been promoting creative "heartwork" for the past 24 years (www.kyotojournal.org). We are now transitioning to digital editions and a new website. In 2009 I curated a show of peace photography, "PeaceWorks," that featured 38 photographers at the Yokohma Zaim Art Center. Among the books I have designed are Japanese Landscape Gardens, The Sakuteiki (both by Tuttle) and Zen and Kyoto.