Japantown San Jose by Ellen Cotton
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Japantown San Jose (California) is one of three remaining authentic historic Japantowns in the United States. I recently visited it for the first time and it was a wonderful experience.

My friend and I stopped in a gift shop called Kogura Company which is run by an elderly man who said he took the shop over from his father. This gentleman seemed so appreciative of our small purchases. He said we had made him very happy today. I couldn’t help but wonder how his father had managed to keep the business going, especially during the war years when all Japanese were interred in camps and usually lost all their possessions.

I hope to go back in the summer and maybe get up the courage to ask if I can take his picture.

My image of a rooftop in Japantown San Jose, with texture from Distressed Jewel added. Canon S5

Being in my 60’s, I am a latecomer to photography. Yet I have found great satisfaction and pleasure in creating digital art from my photographs. Taking pictures was a hobby until surgery in 2001 left me disabled and gave me the opportunity to learn about digital art and photographic software. I’ve been selling my work online and through local galleries since 2009.

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Comments

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    great work

  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallabout 3 years ago

    Ell, instead of waiting until the summer to go back, keep an eye out for the Obon Festival. I think it is in the spring. Very cool, and lots of good photo ops.

  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallabout 3 years ago

    Okay, just found out the Obon Festival is in mid-July. Haven’t been able to find the exact dates yet.

  • Thanks so much for telling me about the Obon Festival, Bob!! That would be fantastic if it’s in July, then my friend could get to see it! I really appreciate the information! (I can look up the dates online.) – Ellen

    – Ellen Cotton

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