The photographs made in Japan are selected from a series titled, “Japanalia” (things Japanese). These are excerpts from a visual diary created during thirty-three years of annual visits to Japan. The images are not intended to be National Geographic representations of cultural exotica, but instead are personal observations of a nation undergoing traumatic social and cultural changes. I have thought of this work as a modern practice of the Ukiyo-e (literally, “pictures of the floating world”) tradition of wood block prints prevalent from 1700 to the late 19th Century. The Hawaii photographs are part of a series tentatively titled: “The Jungle Road”. They are meditations on the meaning of a paradise as it is being lost. I am also fascinated with the metaphoric implications of the fecundity and density of a tropical rainforest.