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Japanese Uniforms

A look at the culture of uniforms here in Japan

Parking lot attendants wear uniforms that are very similar to cops.

A guard that prevents people from walking in front of buses (yes, this is necessary here in Japan as people just walk everywhere without looking....)

Parking lot guards, rules are to always smile and bow.

Security guard, not a policeman.

Bus guards, to save people who want to walk in front of buses

Construction guard, who ... stands there all day....

Parking lot guards

Zoo security guard, who .... stands there all day.

Bus guard, trying to get people to stop trying to suicide in front of oncoming buses

Parking lot guards high-five

Construction guard, actually working.

I just threw this one in, as I would like this to be the new parking lot guard's uniforms. This would make it easier to not mistake them for police officers, don't you think? :)

I have many themes that I love to photograph, and people on the streets is one of them. I especially liked this weekly theme I gave myself, which was to photograph guards in Tokyo. 

Sometimes when you feel like you are running out of ideas to photograph, instead of just walking around looking for something interesting, give yourself a theme, such as "the colour red" or "bicycles" or "I'll use only my 45mm lens this week", etc...   And then just look for these (of course, keep an eye out for "interesting things to photograph" as well, but concentrate on your chosen theme). 

I found that since I started giving myself weekly themes, my photography has benefited from it, and I get to see the world differently, which I really enjoy.

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 13:23

A good theme.  All the uniforms look alike and the batons are intimidating. I presume the uniforms are local to Tokyo and would be different elsewhere.

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 14:19

Interesting blog Smile


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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 18:22

Blime me they have guards for everything . 

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 20:59

Fab stuff. Something different...

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Date Thu, 23/02/2012 - 21:14

Hi Suteishi, I agree with you, if the parking guards dressed like the last photo shows it would bring a smile to everyones faces, even the bus guard in photo 5 !! Nice blog thanks. Debs Smile

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 17:48

Ha...ha... i would've believed if someone were to tell me that those guards are policemen. So, your suggestion in the last shot is indeed brilliant! 

Bryan L.

"Few Women Admit Their Age, Few Men Act Theirs." Big smile

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Date Fri, 24/02/2012 - 13:28

Interesting blog guards for every thing, like it from me, regards Leon.

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