I first visited Tokyo on a stopover on my way to Southeast Asia in 1976. After a night of wandering the city until dawn, mostly through Shinjuku's Kabuki-cho district, I decided to stay. Like many young western visitors at the time I found a job teaching English. To allow time for taking photographs I kept the work hours to a minimum during two extended periods, 1976-1977 and 1979-1980. Some of these pictures appeared in the book "In the Near Distance", published by Kominek, Berlin, 2010, though most of them have yet to make an appearance.

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Yakuza Greeting, Mr. Donuts, 1979
Yakuza Greeting, Mr. Donuts, 1979
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Two School Girls, 1979
Two School Girls, 1979
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Man in Suit, 1979
Man in Suit, 1979
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Woman Kneeling in Street. 1980
Woman Kneeling in Street. 1980
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Shinjuku, Kabuki-cho (USA Club), 1976
Shinjuku, Kabuki-cho (USA Club), 1976
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American Sailor in Bar, 1976
American Sailor in Bar, 1976
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Juli, Tokyo Bay. 1979
Juli, Tokyo Bay. 1979
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Man in Kabuki-cho. 1976
Man in Kabuki-cho. 1976
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'Lorena', 11PM Show, 1979
'Lorena', 11PM Show, 1979
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Judy Ong, Parco TV Commercial, 1980
Judy Ong, Parco TV Commercial, 1980
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Well Dressed Young Man, 1976
Well Dressed Young Man, 1976
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Keiko, Yoyogi Park, 1979
Keiko, Yoyogi Park, 1979
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Man in Cinema Lobby, 1982
Man in Cinema Lobby, 1982
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Adult Cinema, Shinjuku, 1983
Adult Cinema, Shinjuku, 1983
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Shinjuku, Cinema for Men, 1983
Shinjuku, Cinema for Men, 1983
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Cabaret, Ueno, 1976
Cabaret, Ueno, 1976
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Shinjuku, 1979
Shinjuku, 1979
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Pasolini in Tokyo, 1976
Pasolini in Tokyo, 1976
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Bus Stop, 1977
Bus Stop, 1977
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Lobby, Keio Plaza Hotel, 1980
Lobby, Keio Plaza Hotel, 1980
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Shinjuku 5:09am, 1979
Shinjuku 5:09am, 1979
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Tokyo Bay, ferry to Okinawa, 1982
Tokyo Bay, ferry to Okinawa, 1982
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Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
Near Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
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Ikebukuro Subway Station, 1976
Ikebukuro Subway Station, 1976
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Shin-Okubo, 1979
Shin-Okubo, 1979
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Shinjuku, 05:00 am, 1979
Shinjuku, 05:00 am, 1979
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Canal near Haneda Airport, 1979
Canal near Haneda Airport, 1979
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Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
Haneda Airport, Tokyo, 1979
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