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Awaodori performance

Don't usually do video, but came across this sudden performance by this group yesterday (I believe they are called "maichoren" (まいちょうれん)) and managed to get most of their show.

Even though I wasn't in the best location (behind instead of in front), it was still really fun to watch!

#awaodori   #koenji   #dance   #Japan   #cooljapan  
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hi jeff may i ask ..
do you remember ..
your 1 st official snapshot
your first ever camera and
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For the readers out there :)

My long time (seriously, going on 14 years now..) friend and fellow geek +Neal Hicks  has just finished writing his first novel and has started a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for the final phase of editing and printing his book.  It's almost halfway funded so it's looking good, but he could still use more help!  So if you're into reading (especially sci-fi), do take a look at his project on Kickstarter (or share it with other readers in your life) :)

In my case, I'm extra excited about seeing his book getting published because he will be using one of my images as the cover!  So I can't wait to finally get to read it :)

Good night from Tokyo!
Neal Akasaka is raising funds for Pathways Science Fiction Novel on Kickstarter! A young boy discovers a relic of a lost technology that changes his life and his world forever.
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Thanks Jacob :)
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Merry Christmas

I know I've been absent from social media for quite a while, but just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays!  (hope you like dogs)  :)
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Wishing you a merry green Christmas!
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A bit of silliness


would you just shut UP already...


I'd taken this some time ago, not sure what made me remember it today.  Good night all, hope you have a good week!

#silliness   #Japan   #gulls  
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so totally like a gull!
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Philosopher's Tree

I had the chance to go to Hokkaido last weekend, hoping to catch some sunrise and sunset shots, but unfortunately the weather chose to be very uncooperative.  (well, weather and smog).  Still, got a few shots that were interesting, including a couple of long exposures.

As you can see from this album, I rarely shoot LE, so I'm still working out the best way to get rid of the color casting caused by the filter, which tends to make everything a very deep blue.  Still need to experiment and practice a bit more obviously..

Despite the bad weather, I still had a good time - thanks to +Jason Arney , +Agustin Rafael Reyes , +Aaron Tang , +Nithin Selva , and +Kanna Nishimura for the pleasure of their company!

#hokkaido     #japan     #longexposure   #philosopherstree   
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Controlled chaos

Fireworks (hanabi) season is starting in Japan now, so you will be seeing a bunch of fireworks photos uploaded by folks in Japan over the next couple of months :)

This was taken at the Adachi fireworks on Saturday - the event proceeded despite a downpour that had all of us totally drenched (we're a little more water-resistant than our cameras, so all rain protection went into keep our gear as dry as possible)

 Fortunately not much lightning, and the rains started to taper off just as the fireworks began.  Big thanks to +Agustin Rafael Reyes and DJ for finding this great spot and holding it, as well as +Giovanni Piliarvu and +Nithin Selva for the pleasure of their company.  

Off to work now, have a good day all!

#Japan   #cooljapan   #100tokyo   #adachifireworks   #fireworks   #Tokyo  
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Lightning strikes more than once

Did anyone get caught in today's thunderstorm?  I went out for a jog this afternoon, and literally 30 seconds after I got back home, it started pouring buckets.  Then... the power went out.  It was only out for about a minute, but was the first time that I've experienced a power outage in Tokyo!  

I then decided to grab my camera and try to capture some lightning shots.  Unfortunately, the view from my window is not really ideal since I'm level with the power lines.. :(
But still, it's the first time I've captured lightning shots, and it was fun.  Nature's scary, but also awesome :)

#Japan   #Tokyo   #lightning   #cooljapan   #thunderstorm  
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The show's about to start

Took this yesterday evening in Koenji - these dancers were standing down a small side road getting ready to perform.  

The Koenji Awaodori takes place every year at the end of August, and features a weekend where dozens of performing groups dance in the streets for hours.  The street dances officially start at 5PM, but I highly recommend going there earlier in the day as there are often impromptu shows popping up all around the town (I managed to film  brief video of one which I'll upload to Youtube soon).  
There are also theater performances, but I have yet to catch one of these - next year for sure! 

If you're in Tokyo, you can still catch the last day of performances tomorrow - definitely an experience worth trying!
For better images, check out +Jason Arney 's stream - he's been shooting these for a couple years now and knows more about them than I ever will.

#koenji   #awaodori   #japan   #dance  
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It's all about bread

+andrew gram is having another exhibition (man that guy is prolific!), and it's all about bread - or, at least I assume it is, given the title.  If you're in Tokyo next month, check it out!  Details here: 

(picture below is totally unrelated to Andrew's exhibit, but coincidentally, I found myself helping in a bakery a couple weeks back and couldn't help taking some photos ;)
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We will see about that!! haha
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Some very sad news today - Robin Williams has died, apparently by suicide.
I've always enjoyed his movies, and despite his manic personality (or perhaps because of it?), thought that he was extremely talented. Apparently he also struggled with depression which, for someone like me who always saw him as upbeat and full of energy, is something which is hard to fathom.

Came across this link via pourmecoffee - on depression and getting help.  It is hard to imagine that depression can have such a crippling effect on one's life, but it's important to recognize that it does exist, and one can get help and fight it. 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Officials are investigating the death of Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams. Williams was 63. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said that Williams was found unconscious Monday afternoon at about 12:00 p.m. inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Officials suspect the death to be a suicide…
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very bad not sad !! why?
..acting is extreme hard job
not as for example doctors but
not for shy people
dont close your eyes before
the fackt (like many before him)
he was drog addicted and alcoholic
but as actor he was unique
as one LAPD officer after oscar party
said:movies,drugs and alcohol.
but now doesnt matter
like his movie called: JUST LIKE DREAM
he s in movieheaven next
brittany murphy,tony scott,
or paul walker(all died tragicaly)
like me with ROBBIE WILLIAMS ,he's
alive and .. clean)
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Deliberately blurred

Had the chance to see the Edogawa fireworks last Saturday with some friends from work - the weather was ever so much more accommodating compared to the Adachi fireworks 2 weeks ago!

Since I've already taken lots of "normal" fireworks photos, I thought I'd play around with focus blur, just for fun.  It was my first time, and a little harder than I thought since it's hard to focus manually in the dark!  Still, I enjoyed it - though I think overall I still prefer "normal" fireworks since it's less hit-and-miss, especially in regards to composition (most of those shots are greatly cropped)

I'll post the a few "normal" shots later as well, but for now, goodnight from Tokyo :)

#hanabi   #fireworks   #Edogawa   #Tokyo   #Japan  
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Really cool! To me some look like flowers, some like sea anenemes.
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Going back to Prague, this was a shot taken around the Prague Castle area.  Like the Queen's guard in England, I'm certain these soldiers are well-used to having their photo taken, though I didn't try to see if I could get any of them to crack a smile.  :P

Off to the office - have a good day folks!

#prague   #soldiers   #marching   #europe   #czechrepublic  
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sorry for missing words
on my comments,blimey!!
changing the guards
not chancing fool.
im sorry
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Book addict, Japan-based photographer
I'm a book addict (particularly sci-fi and fantasy!), infrequent runner, and computer geek.  Been in Japan 10 years and counting now, but don't have the language skills to prove that since I'm too chicken to practice what I learn.  (the fact that I'm half-Japanese makes it all the more embarrassing)

I started photography as a hobby when I picked up a D90 in August of 2010 and have been shooting on and off ever since.  To those that stumble across my images, I hope to be able to share the various facets of the life and landscapes (both man-made and natural) of Japan :)

All my images fall under the creative commons license - feel free to download and share the image(s) as long as it is for personal use (and they are properly attributed).  

For commercial use, please contact me to work something out (note that I would likely grant free use of my images for charitable/NPO use as well, but I DO ask that permission be obtained first).

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