The Mosuo tribe are a small (40,000) matriarchial tribe that live in the surrounding regions of the Lugu Hu in the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan – southwestern China. A striking feature of the Mosuo tradition is known as, ‘Zuo Hun’ or ‘walking marriages’, best described as the women being able to take lovers from male members of the tribe once they have been initiated at the age of 13. They may have as many or as few men as they like over a lifetime. Male companions known as ‘axias’ do jobs in the villages such as fishing and animal rearing and visit the womens’ bedrooms at night – often in secret. All kids are raised by the families of the women – there is no stigma attached to not knowing who the father is and all men that father children are referred to a ‘uncles’.
Tsukiji (築地) is a district of Chūō, Tokyo, Japan, the site of the Tsukiji fish market. Literally meaning "reclaimed land," it lies near the Sumida River on land reclaimed from Tokyo Bay in the 18th century, during the Edo period.
Today it is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.
With it's bustling outer market, crammed with food stalls, sushi bars, knife shops and a myriad of other vendors selling everything from freshly ground coffee to square wooden sake cups - and it's famed inner market selling daily up to 700,000 metric tonnes of seafood every year - Tsukiji fish market is located minutes from one of the worlds most expensive shopping districts - Ginza.
Air-conditioned plazas selling Gucci handbags sidling next to bloody streams of fish water flooding nearby drains, is one of the many juxtaposition Tokyo has to offer. A city that lives with an ability to represent the human state of contradiction with high style and science fiction wonder.
The Tokyo Metro system is made up of 9 interconnected lines
There are a total of 179 “unique” stations.
During severely crowded peak periods, platform attendants (oshiya) are sometimes need to push riders and their belongings into train cars so that the doors can close.
On some Tokyo metro lines, the first or last train is reserved just for women during peak hours.
In the 19th century heyday of Chinese Opera (Wayang), groups played a prominent role to fulfil religious-communal functions and also provided entertainment before film and amusement parks grew in prominence. The tradition continues. Training is rigorous and takes 7 years for a child to train to performance standard. Quality is judged by vocal range, facial expression and skill of stage combat. Today, chinese street opera is a dying art form and groups perform mainly for love and in their belief that the spirits of the dead must be appeased.
These images were taken at the famous Sanam Muay Lumpini ( Lumpini Stadium), Bankok 1996 on my first film camera ( pentax K1000).