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Nao [Stranger 113 / 200] Brick Lane, London | by barbasboth
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Nao [Stranger 113 / 200] Brick Lane, London

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The lovely colourful style, and innocent, kind face of this Stranger attracted my attention as I was on my way home after a day of working on my upcoming photo book about Shoreditch life. I asked her if she had a few minutes for a portrait to spare, and she kindly waved 'no' yet I got the impression she didn't know what I was asking. I also, from her mannerism, guessed she might be Japanese, and that meant I still had a chance. So I asked her where she was from, still in English, and she said Japan. Lucky me! I then mustered all the rusty Japanese I had and explained the project and my intentions. She was happy to oblige and praised my Japanese, although as they often say, your Japanese is only actually great when nobody comments on it... ;)


Nao told me she is studying art and is from Tokyo, visiting London for the first time, by herself. She was thinking of seeing a musical that night so I recommended the Lion King. I wonder if she went to see it in the end. :)

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Taken on July 2, 2016