Star-Bulletin Features

Sunday, November 4, 2001


Perfect solitude amongst
the throngs

By Richard Walker

"I enjoyed spending time in Tokyo," said Star-Bulletin photographer Richard Walker, who lived in Japan for 3 years. "Although the sheer volume of humanity eventually lead to my return to Hawaii, I found that the crowds had an almost comforting effect. It was easy to be nobody and be in perfect solitude amongst the throngs outside Shibuya Station's Hachiko Gate. I would spend many an afternoon there, quaffing a beer ... I would routinely walk through side streets, meandering between Shibuya and Harajuku. Tokyo is a good friend to those who walk the streets in search of themselves."

A sea of umbrellas on a rainy Saturday afternoon outside Shinjuku Station.

A young man takes 5 along a sidewalk in Harajuku, Tokyo.

An artist works on a billboard at a department store in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Buildings and signs fill the skyline behind Shibuya Station.

Against the backdrop of a modern city, an elderly Ginza
woman performs the timeless task of sweeping the street.

Talking story at Shibuya Station.

Artists and photographers are invited to submit portfolios of their work. Send photocopied samples to Portfolio, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813; or email jpeg images to

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