20 December 2016 ● 1 min read ● 12 images

I visit sensei twice a month. Sensei teaches me Shodo (calligraphy) and Sumie (ink painting). He also teaches me Japanese, albeit from a different generation. Sensei is 87 years old. As well as study together we check out galleries, go on bike rides and visit flea-markets. 

Sensei shares my passion for ramen and udon noodles too. We often stop for food during a day out together. Sensei is more than just a teacher to me, he's slowly becoming a good friend.

This is an ongoing project that I started in the summer of 2016. For more images check out the full project over at my website.

Great series Ben Beech. The hands!

Tom Wilson - Thanks! Yeah, his hands are full of character!

He's beautiful. Love the pictures, and him. So much respect. Thank you for these.

Jess Kuguio Thank you!

Hey Ben! More than once in a while these pictures come back to mind. I would love to go with you on your next visit to the Sensei! Do you think that is a possibility?

Hi Jess Kuguio - Thanks for the message, I'm really happy you like the project :-)

Right now he's pretty preoccupied with some private issues and it's not a good time to bombard him with visitors, perhaps in the future we can work something out though?

Stunning photos! Your sensei is a beautiful :-)

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Benjamin Beech

I'm a photographer in Tokyo, Japan

English photographer living/shooting/working in Tokyo. I enjoy using both analogue and digital methods to make photographs.

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