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Scenes at Tama Riverside by Jun Iwasaki

Palmes Tennis Society #6

Models: Shukei Tamaoki, Seijun Kato (MONO NO AWARE)

Stylist: Peter Gunn Sho

Photo and Text: Jun Iwasaki

Tamagawa is located in the south-west part of Tokyo. Kawasaki is across the Tama river.

I like this area because the atmosphere here contains so many emotions and nostalgia. I don’t know the reason, however it just has something to it.

In this area, people just live their human lives, walk their dogs, run, play sports, do picnics.

Turning your eyes to the Japanese tennis scene,

Aim for the Ace! is a well-known tennis manga series from the late 70’s early 80’s. The series is about a rich bitch who wants all the attention, and a handsome coach with a tragic fate. Aim for the Ace! series established the traditional stories within sports manga.

Since then, Tennis has been one of the most popular sports in Japan and still is to this day. Due to this, each ward has it's own tennis courts. The Tamagawa Clay Tennis Court is no exception to this.

One afternoon, I walked with Shukei and Seijun, both Tokyo based musicians MONO NO AWARE, by the river. We didn’t see the rich bitch who wants all the attention, and a handsome coach with a tragic fate anymore in 2020’s.

Even so, we still felt the nostalgia and tennis courts is a natural part of our everyday lives. College students seemed very happy on the courts as if this didn’t matter.

Instagram MONO NO AWARE @mono.no.aware.0630

Shukei Tamaoki @tamaokisshukei

Seijun Kato @seijun_kato

Peter Gunn Sho @peter_gunn_sho

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