Busan is said to be the San Francisco of Korea. It’s a city of 3.6 million and a hub of education and commerce, but much life there remains based on the sea. That’s very apparent at Jagalchi Market, the biggest fish market in Korea.
Amid the rocky outlying islands, international cargo ships, massive construction works and the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, the Hamayuu made its way toward the docks of Busan, our gateway to mainland Asia. It was a slow approach, but we needed it – there was too much to shoot.
Sitting in Hiroshima Station at lunchtime, watching our okonomiyaki cook on the griddle, the sense of constant departure, was palpable and welcome. We needed to be in Korea, and in many ways that was a world away.
The tuna auction floor of Tsukiji fish market is supposedly tourist-friendly, but we ventured into other areas to capture the behind-the-scenes action.
What had once been a nuclear wasteland was now simply Hiroshima, and everywhere you looked were the signs of a living city that wasn’t haunted by its past.
If you go into the frantic heart of Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, you get to see so much, including this worker hauling tuna steaks (and heads) out into the daylight.
The Manic Americans arrive in Tokyo and begin to explore…
The Taiwanese are so friendly it’s almost off-putting. People helped us without needing to be asked, going out of their way so that we didn’t have any trouble.
You often hear about how there are two types of baseball fans in America: the die-hards and the casual fans. We expected this to hold true in Tokyo. We were wrong. The rabidity of the fans at the Tokyo Dome proved that we sure as hell weren’t in Kansas City anymore.