A girl was standing on a large pedestrian bridge in front of Nakano Station

Girl standing on a pedestrian bridge
Girl standing on a pedestrian bridge
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Nakano means Broadway. Broadway means Mandarake. My image of Nakano is strangely like this. I have only set foot in Nakano Broadway a handful of times, and, interestingly, I have never set foot inside a Mandarake store. It seems that Mandarake has left a strong impression on me.

In order not to ruin this precious impression, I am careful never to set foot in Mandarake in the future. Once I enter, the image that has been purely cultivated within me may be rewritten by reality, and I may end up feeling that Mandarake is not as great as I thought it was. It would be a waste of my time to think that Mandarake is great, even though I don't know what it is.

I used to be interested in the ruins of Persepolis in Iran, and even though I had never been there, I was imagining it. It was the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, which had been destroyed by Alexander the Great, so the remains must have been spectacular. However, when I went to the site, all I was greeted with were some reliefs and recently reconstructed columns, which I had imagined. No, the ruins of Persepolis are not at all shabby; they are magnificent ruins that are registered as a World Heritage site. However, it was not easy for reality to overcome the purely cultured image in my mind.

To avoid making the same mistake, I vowed never to go to Mandarake in Nakano Broadway, so I avoided Broadway and headed for Nakano Station from Waseda Street through the cluttered alleys.

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PHOTO DATA

No

12198

Shooting Date

Jan 2022

Posted On

March 8, 2022

Modified On

April 4, 2022

Place

Nakano, Tokyo

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS LOXIA 2/35

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