Hiroshima survivor Seiji Yamaguchi, at the Atomic Bomb Dome
       
     
Fuji-san, from the south end of Lake Yamanaka
       
     
Statues of Jizo at Kanmangafuchi Abyss
       
     
Hiro-san busy flipping takoyakis, by a street in Kinosaki
       
     
Inspecting the barrels at Hasedera
       
     
Hiroshima
       
     
A lovely couple in their hut, by the Ōi River
       
     
The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in
       
     
Cherry blossoms at a secret garden in Hatsukaichi
       
     
Tsuji-san in the wee hours, at a little izakaya in Kyoto
       
     
Topping up, at the base of Yoshiminedera
       
     
Fuji-san, from the east side of Lake Yamanaka
       
     
Dry leaves and a grumpy man, early dawn at Fushimi Inari-taisha
       
     
Carvings on countless Torii gates at Fushimi Inari-Taisha
       
     
Hiroshima survivor Seiji Yamaguchi, at the Atomic Bomb Dome
       
     
Hiroshima survivor Seiji Yamaguchi, at the Atomic Bomb Dome

Yamaguchi-san lived within a 2km radius of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (now Atomic Bomb Dome), an earshot from Little Boy's hypocenter.

He loves cycling and bikes 30km each day from his home in the suburbs of Hiroshima to the dome. There, he lays out two foldable chairs: one for himself and another for a willing listener. Take a seat and you'll learn how to fold a beautiful Orizuru. He reveals each fold patiently, with an intent that is strict, gentle and precise.

The ancient Japanese legend of Senbazuru (thousand origami cranes) promises that anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be granted eternal luck; or more poignantly in Ya-san's case, eternal peace.

 

Fuji-san, from the south end of Lake Yamanaka
       
     
Fuji-san, from the south end of Lake Yamanaka
Statues of Jizo at Kanmangafuchi Abyss
       
     
Statues of Jizo at Kanmangafuchi Abyss
Hiro-san busy flipping takoyakis, by a street in Kinosaki
       
     
Hiro-san busy flipping takoyakis, by a street in Kinosaki
Inspecting the barrels at Hasedera
       
     
Inspecting the barrels at Hasedera
Hiroshima
       
     
Hiroshima
A lovely couple in their hut, by the Ōi River
       
     
A lovely couple in their hut, by the Ōi River

They sheltered me from the rain and served me a delicious cup of Amazake.

The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in
       
     
The Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in
Cherry blossoms at a secret garden in Hatsukaichi
       
     
Cherry blossoms at a secret garden in Hatsukaichi
Tsuji-san in the wee hours, at a little izakaya in Kyoto
       
     
Tsuji-san in the wee hours, at a little izakaya in Kyoto

Certain moments like this - when laughter, friendship and drunkenness come together - can only be captured on film. This was shot on the Yashica 35GSN rangefinder with Fuji Provia 100f. I struggled to find the right range.

Topping up, at the base of Yoshiminedera
       
     
Topping up, at the base of Yoshiminedera
Fuji-san, from the east side of Lake Yamanaka
       
     
Fuji-san, from the east side of Lake Yamanaka
Dry leaves and a grumpy man, early dawn at Fushimi Inari-taisha
       
     
Dry leaves and a grumpy man, early dawn at Fushimi Inari-taisha
Carvings on countless Torii gates at Fushimi Inari-Taisha
       
     
Carvings on countless Torii gates at Fushimi Inari-Taisha