Wednesday, January 19, 2011

another gem in Nagasaki

Another urban gem in Nagasaki, this time in the Irabayashi neighbourhood.

I stumbled upon this tiny enclave unexpectedly as I decided to explore a discreet path off a busy street. I turned the corner once, then again, and was met with this quiet, intimate view down a small enclosed laneway. It retains some old urban "machiya" housing, and has an amazing sense of scale, dignity, and community. This segment of lane is so short that it feels more like a mini-courtyard, rather than a linear pathway.

I couldn`t help but draw, and realized half way through that I sketched this scene 12 years ago, reacting the same way then as I did now.

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