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It’s Been A Long Time

October 20, 2010

Click the photo below to go to a gallery of random shots from the last few months.

This is a feed for an outdoor foot-spa in Naruko, north of Ishinomaki.  The source is a natural hot spring, one of many in the area.  The mineral content of the hot springs in Naruko makes it the number one spa destination for many people.

Golden Week in Tokyo

May 10, 2010

Spent 5 days in Tokyo for Golden Week.  Here are some pictures.

Senso-ji in Asakusa.

The crossing in front of Shibuya Station.  More distracting than the mob of people this intersection is famous for was the advertising overlooking them… this spot was accompanied by sound, too.  It’s an ad for a cell phone company.  Look it up on youtube– “docomo darth vader.”

Too drunk to pee.  I’m still getting used to the fact that bars keep serving till people stop drinking– even if the sun is coming up.

The coolest guys in Tokyo.  This is three of a group of about six people (one was a woman) dancing to rockabilly in Yoyogi Park, near Harajuku Station, on a Sunday afternoon.  There were two other groups of dancers, each group dressed in a different ‘uniform.’   One guy had a pompadour that I swear was a foot tall, but the memory card I was using is a bastard and I lost the shot.

Chasing bubbles in Shinjuku Gyoen Park.

A drunk building does something funny.  The thing in the background is the Asahi Breweries Headquarters building.

Tokyo Sky Tree Tower, under construction.  It’s already obscenely huge, but it’s supposed to be 634 m when it’s finished.

I can’t resist putting up one more, as a parting gift.  After spending a night in a ‘hot’ club in Shibuya where it seemed no one knew how to dance, these guys were a breath of fresh air.  Godspeed you!

Shiogama Flower Festival

April 27, 2010

Went to the Hana Matsuri this weekend at Shiogama Jinja.  In addition to eating plenty of festival-stand food, I watched the omikoshi get carried down the 100+ steps from the shrine and then around the city’s downtown area.  It takes a gang of about 30 men (16 to hold, and another 16 or so to switch out or assist at times) to carry this sucker around… if I understand correctly, it weighs somewhere around a ton.

An old man fell over backward and hit his head on the ground during the ceremony, so here are some cops examining the situation.  One of these guys was really severe to me when I had my car accident (it happened basically across the street).  An ambulance came and took the poor guy away (they kept paging for his wife or daughter over the loudspeakers, but she never showed), and the ceremony continued.

There were a lot of kids participating in the ceremony.  I love how kids always show their boredom.  This guy had been carrying around this salt for way too long, I’m sure.  (Salt is used often for luck.)  And the next image is of a stage-ritual where the masked guy mimes a story and then pours sake for worshippers at the shrine… the happy demon inside all of us.

A Dawnwalk

April 25, 2010

Results of carrying my camera with me on a walk into the rising sun.

Ishinomaki Landmarks

April 13, 2010

Ishinomaki is home to a man who is president of an international trading company based in Seattle.  He is purportedly responsible for the placement of a replica of the Statue of Liberty toward the southern end of an island which houses the Mangattan museum, one of the city’s tourist attractions.  He lives in a house designed to look like the White House.  Here are some pictures.

The Length and Girth of It

March 31, 2010

Been busy.  Been workin.  Here are links to 3 small flickr galleries.  Look.  Click.  Like.

Inclement children:

Inclement weather:

Inclement fortitude:

Snowdeath

February 14, 2010

December is long gone, and my Arizona blood continues to be shocked that it just keeps getting colder.  It’s snowed more in February than December and January put together.   Click on the pic to see more snowy death.

May your hearts freeze and your blood turn to chocolate.