According to the little note, one of these men will draw passersby a picture that’ll apparently make them happy. But, while that may generate a bit of cash, and be a creative outlet, it clearly can’t compete with the fun a friend and a game of shogi can bring.
Best photo of the year, so far, hands down. Superb!
Thanks! It’s interesting you think that. Initially the photo didn’t do much for me, but after going back to it and converting it to black and white, it grew on me. It was great to find two real characters. And even more so to capture them having so much fun.
Black and white definitely suits this photo so well. The old guy with the beard looks like he would have some tales to tell. He’d make a fantastic portrait subject. Great shot.
Cheers Matt. Yes, I dare say he’s led a very interesting and varied life. Pretty sure he’s the one who does the drawings too. If I see him again (and he’s not preoccupied) I’ll see what he comes up with to make me happy.
Wonderful shot!! Their Smile are priceless!! 🙂
Thanks! Yes, it was great to see them so happy, and utterly engrossed in their game.
Hans ter Horst says
Great characters! What a difference from the typical salariman.
Yes, probably about as far as you can get from the stereotypical salaryman.
Great photo, I really like it! Nice smiles ))
Thanks! Yes, it was lovely to see.
I agree, quite a captivating image.
I saw this same guy (on the left) in the same spot (recognize the stone wall) on a trip to Japan in May 2010, and took a photo of him as well. Not as good as this one, but he is a photogenic dude.
He certainly is.
That’s clearly his preferred spot then. I’ll have to look out for him again.
I really like this photo.
also I just noticed they are snazzy dressers. Look at those jeans and pinstripe pants.
Yes, they are. No slouches at all. A nice mix of the modern and traditional too.
…but aren’t they playing mah jong, or is it a variation?