Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In the Eye of the Beholder

As I mentioned in the last post, Nagata houses many local, Kansai based, industrial shops and factories - especially small repair places, machinists, and shoe makers. In fact, Japanese sports fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger was born in Nagata in 1949 and some Asics & Tigers are still produced here. Once you start down a side street, it often doesn't take long until you pass a factory of one kind or another. The landscape is heavily shaped by the workers and shops this area employs, however, there is beauty here - in the piles of scraps, barrels, and boxes. To certain eyes the surroundings are rich and diverse, after-all beauty is as they say . . .

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