Handwritten coffee sign surrounded by goldfish lanterns

Yanai | Japan

£55

A shop sign in focus in the foreground, with 'coffee' written along with some simple coffee illustrations. In the blurred background is a smiling woman standing the in the shop entrance surrounded by paper goldfish lanterns — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
A shop sign in focus in the foreground, with 'coffee' written along with some simple coffee illustrations. In the blurred background is a smiling woman standing the in the shop entrance surrounded by paper goldfish lanterns — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
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Landscape
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Hahnemuhle Photo Rag® Baryta
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Date Captured
May 2019
Date Released
March 2023
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This image, captured in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, showcases a serene moment within the hustle of the town. The viewer's attention is drawn towards a quaint handwritten 'Coffee' sign hanging prominently in the foreground. Enhanced with charming hand-drawn illustrations of coffee cups, the sign also bears the Katakana inscription 'Fujiyama Coffee Roasters', a tribute to the local roastery.

The scene is tastefully framed from under a shop's sunshade awning, which serves as a natural window. Hanging from this awning are dozens of washi goldfish paper lanterns, their vivid red and aged white hues contrasting against the muted backdrop. These whimsical elements guide the eye from the sign towards the sun-drenched streetscape behind.

Adding intrigue to the scene is the slightly out-of-focus figure of a young woman. Her fair skin offers a gentle contrast against the darker tones of the coffee shop, while her gaze towards the lens brings an element of human interest to the image.

Bathed in midday sun, the blurred background evokes an almost ethereal ambiance. Despite the brightness, the foreground remains tranquil and shaded, effectively maintaining a sense of calm. Overall, this image successfully intertwines calming, explorative, quirky, and peaceful moods, offering a charming snapshot of everyday life in Yanai.

A shop sign in focus in the foreground, with 'coffee' written along with some simple coffee illustrations. In the blurred background is a smiling woman standing the in the shop entrance surrounded by paper goldfish lanterns — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

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