Pigeon Boy

Photo by S.W. Cosgrove

From my One Year in Japan, unpublished as yet.

I wonder what the future had in store for this child, whom I call Pigeon Boy.

He was shy, and he loved his pigeons.

I took this photo on my visit to the Ueno Zoo and Japan’s oldest Buddhist Temple, Sensō-ji, in the Taitō ward of Tokyo.

Here is a photo of Pigeon Boy’s apparent father and sister, who tended this large pigeon crate and sold small bags of grain to feed the pigeons. He watched me very closely and gave permission to take photos. I call him Pigeon Master.

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