Tuesday, September 29, 2009

From the top floor of the prefectural building

My dearly beloved hates all the reflections in this photo, but I don't mind at all.

from pref office 1

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lonely Planet is featuring a post from my other blog today

on their home page.

Here's a screenshot to prove it:

LP screen shotYay for me!

Casting for a Kurosawa remake? - 黒澤映画キャスティング?

Nah, it's just a fest at the Nakamura tenmangu (shrine) in Moka:
horse walking 3

old samurai never die, they just... get old:
horseback bw 1

but instead of seven, there were only three:
on horseback all 3 2

channeling Kurosawa:
horseback bw 2

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

SL train from Shimodate to Motegi

c 12 66 choochoo x450

train parts:
train parts

at Motegi:
SL at Motegi

In Motegi they use a funny, round contraption to turn the train around:
turning around

tickets:
tickets

"speeding" forward:
forward

young but grumpy train driver:
train driver

inside the beast:
inside

Here is a complete write-up on the history of the Moka line and its SL trains.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bobble heads

during the Yabusame festival at the Nakamura shrine in Moka

before sword fight 3before a sword competition

bobble heads 1before something else

before sword fight 2before a sword fight

horse bobblebefore a horse race

old guyand just because.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Because "Brain" is a great name for an apartment building

brain

No, it's not a photoshop disaster - the power lines looked like they were disappearing - the photo was taken against the sun.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Summer school part 4

rooster

taken by a very hungry 8-year old using a cheap, disposable camera

Friday, September 11, 2009

Oya illumination festival - 大谷フェスタ

pyro paradise:
lightup sign

Daiju Kurasawa played:
musician 1
But as far as I know, he didn't set anything on fire, except for a couple of older ladies sitting next to me.

Other than that, it was all pretty-pretty:

umbrellas

and pretty-pretty:

light up day 1_1

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Preparation for illumination - 発火準備中

Getting the candles ready:

getting ready 2

And more candles ready:

getting ready 1

candles everywhere:

candles
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