#Everyday DC 2015

On the first day of the DC program, Amanda Ottaway of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting shared the concept of the #Everyday DC project (based on their #Everyday Africa project) with our students. She challenged the students to use photography to capture the “everyday” character of DC – to look beyond the monuments and tourist sites to document the “real” DC. For their final presentation, the 14 TOMODACHI students selected the photos that they thought best represented the daily life and DC culture they found here.


This is a photo of a Dominican Hair Salon in Adams Morgan. I took this picture because I felt DC has many stores and businesses that cater to more than one group of people. It shows the diversity in D.C. In the background you can also see ethnic clothing.

Everyday DC Nina-DC DominicanThis is a photo of a truck offering free HIV/AIDS testing. D.C. has a high percentage of people with HIV/AIDS. This truck helps to spread awareness of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and the message of practicing healthy life styles and safe sex.

Everyday DC Nina-DC HIV truck smH.S.:

This photo was taken from the Lincoln Memorial. I thought this whole place was free and open, and it represents the freedom of America.

Everyday DC Hayato1This photo was taken in a shopping mall in DC. Everything in America is huge compared to Japan. I thought this photo showed that.

Everyday DC Hayato2Dusan:

This photo is of a few people standing outside on the corner by Shaw-Howard University. I thought this was everyday DC because rarely do you just see people hanging around. Most of the time you see people moving all the time.

Everyday DC Dusan3 This second photo is of children playing. Actually they were throwing acorns out of their yard. I thought it was really cute. The reason I chose this photo is because it shows that DC is also home to people. As much as it is a transient city, where people come and go, people also do stay and live here and grow.

Everyday DC Dusan2N.Y.:

This picture is of a man playing a musical instrument. I saw many of these people in DC. Most of the people were homeless and in Japan there are also many homeless people. But I think this is a good DC point because in Japan homeless people will do nothing. But DC people are trying to get some money so I think that’s a good thing.

Everyday DC Nina2 When I came to America I saw so many things are huge – such as big people’s voices, food, and this sunflower is so big. This sunflower is twice as big as this man.

Everyday DC Nina4 K.Y.:

This photo was taken downtown. I was trying to depict the idea that people are working for their country. As you can see, the American flag is there and people are basically going down the street to work.

Everyday DC Kanji1This picture depicts patriotism. Despite its history, I think people gather to these powerful spots everyday – even local citizens.

Everyday DC Kanji2Korey:

My first photo is an overhead view of DC at night. It symbolizes the beauty of DC and also how different people from all over the world constantly come in and out of DC.

Everyday DC Korey2This photo shows two black men selling oils to make a living. This is saying that DC is full of many people of different cultures, all trying to make a living for themselves, and that DC is also a home.

Everyday DC Korey1Fumiya:

This scene struck me because despite there are so many garbage cans around downtown, I could see the trash everywhere in the street, everywhere.

Everyday DC Fumiya2The subject of this photo is food trucks. I think the food trucks provide people with not only food but the time and space and opportunity to communicate with each other.

Everyday DC Fumiya1Jarid:

This is of course a photo of Ben’s Chili Bowl. I took it because it’s a landmark in DC that’s been around for 55 years, and I think that’s amazing. This was also the very first time I’ve actually been.

Everyday DC Jarid1The second photo is of the DC metro, taken at Farragut North. I wanted to show that public transit is a way for many people to get around in DC, just like Japan.

Everyday DC Jarid2Shigetatsu:

I took this photo near my host family’s house. In Tohoku I always see “wild” nature. The nature in DC is “designed” nature. There are different kinds of nature.

Everyday DC Shige2 This is a recycling box that you can put clothes in to recycle to the poor or developing countries. In Japan there is no such system, and I thought it would be good to bring to Japan.

Everyday DC Shige1Andres:

This photo shows the White House. You have a separate set of gates and you have Secret Service police there. That’s everyday DC because it shows security’s big here.

Everyday DC Andres1This is the Vietnam Memorial. You can see that it’s reflecting on the other side. Metaphorically it’s a reflection on the past.

Everyday DC Andres2 Y.A.:

When I walked around the streets, I saw lots of police and lots of bicycles. This picture is showing both combined.

Everyday DC Yuki2 This is a newspaper box. You can see there’s a “China Daily.” I think this shows the diversity of this society.

Everyday DC Yuki1 Caitie:

I picked this picture of a homeless man. I think it’s kind of sad that a lot of us just kind of walk by – it’s so natural for us to see people who are homeless. I think it’s sad it’s become so normal we can ignore it.

Everyday DC Caitie2They have these tunnels for construction in DC and a lot of them have art on the side. I think it’s really cool that even in a place that can be drab and boring we find ways to brighten it up with very pretty art.

Everyday DC Caitie1N.M.:

This photo shows people just sitting on the street, this guy’s reading a newspaper. In Japan, especially Tokyo, it’s a really busy city and people are just rushing to their destination. This picture shows how people are really doing what they want to do.

Everyday DC Nagisa2I actually just wanted to take a picture of this L’Enfant Plaza sign but afterwards I noticed that a flag got in it. I think it really shows that in DC there are flags everywhere.

Everyday DC Nagisa1S.M.:

One of the things I love about DC is the sky. Despite this being the capital of the world basically, the sky is very wide. That’s because the law prohibits people building higher than the Capitol. Also the signs are very plain and not as informative as they are in Japan.

Everyday DC Serena2 This is the Capitol building. I took this photo from where the Nats Stadium is so I was very surprised that I could see the Capitol this big and this clear from that far away.

Everyday DC Serena1

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