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I want to ride it...
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2015-01-11
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Iwakiyama Jinja, Hirosaki, Aomori.
岩木山神社 青森県弘前市
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New space museum opens today. So jealous of everyone in Tokyo right now.

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Veins of Tokyo
「渋谷川を撮ってみた;初めて工場を撮った時以来のワクワク」
昔からモノクロHDRをしている保坂さんが「個展tokyo river trail」で撮っていた渋谷川を撮った。
保坂さんが暗渠を撮った理由がわかる気がする。
背中側には渋谷駅
もちろん川は無い
又この先はどうなっているんだろう?
渋谷駅の向こうは?
なんて想像の膨らむ場所でした
http://nobiann-hdri.com/?p=7040
#hdr   #100tokyo   #sigma   #dp2merrill   #cooljapan   #shibuya   #nightscapes  
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Neo-traditionalism of Japan
"Castle nightscape"

I've just shared this shot also on +500px at: http://500px.com/photo/65336309

A view of the castle of Osaka at night. I looked for this vantage point for quite a while, checking on the maps the right alignment and distance. My purpose was to show the contrast between the classical shape of the castle (which anyway is a modern reconstruction of the ancient one) and the modern look of the skyscrapers.
In Japan is easy to find this kind of "fusion" of past and future, of classic and modernity; sometimes this is unpleasant, for the presence of industrial areas or ugly buildings, but in this occasion I think to have found a cool view.
Unfortunately in this occasion too, I found some difficulty in taking this photo, because the security requisitioned my tripod, so I had to find a stable horizontal surface to shoot from. After some contorsions I managed to take three long exposures that I blended together to obtain this image. I hope that you like it

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Camera:              Pentax K-5
Lens:                   Pentax smc D FA Macro 100mm F2.8 WR
Focal Length:    100mm
Aperture value:  f/9
Shutter Speed:  13s
ISO:                      80

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe 
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All of the big talk on both sides about Crimea has obscured the legal reality of what happened in the past two weeks:

1. Russia seized a historically Russian peninsula (populated by Russians, and host to a large part of the Russian navy) from Ukraine at an opportune moment. This was a direct refutation of the post-1991 doctrine that "no borders may be redrawn without without Western Bloc permission", and one that establishes a seriously different precedent for future geopolitics.
2. The Western Bloc responded with a lot of empty talk, by canceling a planned naval exercise between the UK and Russia, and by seizing the personal foreign holdings of a small number of Russian officials. Far from declaring their outrage, the officials involved found this amusing. ( http://rt.com/news/sanctions-russia-eu-us-338/ ) The Russian Duma actually passed a bill requesting that the West sanction them too. ( http://rt.com/politics/russian-duma-sanctions-crimea-594/ )
3. VP Joe Biden hopped on a plane... not to Ukraine, but to NATO countries in Eastern Europe! Perhaps he wanted to reassure them that NATO is not on the verge of dissolution. ( http://www.voanews.com/content/putin-crimean-leaders-sign-treaty-making-peninsula-part-of-russia/1873827.html )

The Western Bloc is apparently unable even to stop themselves from doing business with Russia; if they summon up the resolve for this in the future, it will be a bit too late because Russia has already made fun of them. You can come up with any number of economic reasons for this, but the fact of the matter is that the Pax Americana has played a remarkably weak hand so far. The best that they can do is to fabricate a bizarre propaganda image of Russia that combines the Cold War Soviet strongman with the specter of Christian theocracy -- which resembles to me the media tactics used in China.

Are we still keeping track after the Syria fiasco? Russia 2, USA 0

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東京ブギウギ!
Japan in the 1950s - 39 photos - http://theatln.tc/1kMGxyZ - After Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II, Allied forces led by the United States occupied the nation, bringing drastic changes. Japan was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of government changed to a democracy, and its economy and education system reorganized and rebuilt. Years of reconstruction were required to recover from thousands of air raids, including the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the 1950s, a former enemy became a Western ally, parts of American culture became part of the Japanese landscape -- and Japan began to find its economic footing as a manufacturer consumer devices and electronics.
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3 years ago today.

宮城県名取市の小学校体育館にランドセルが山積みになっていた。東日本大震災の被災地では各自治体などで、持ち主が分からない「思い出の品」の保管や展示を行っている。時間の経過とともに名乗り出る人は減り、劣化も目立つ。

In an elementary school gymnasium in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, a pile of children's backpacks has accumulated. These and other "items of memory" were collected while cleaning up the tsunami affected areas. But with the passing of time, the number of items that have been matched to survivors has decreased, and their shine has deteriorated.

名取市は今後も保管を続けるが、3年を区切りに処分を決める自治体も出てきた。その一つが宮城県石巻市。11日の展示期限が迫った1日、高橋浩美さん(48)は、市の施設で1枚の写真を見つけて涙をこぼした。犠牲になっためいの三浦優奈ちゃん=当時(7)=の赤ちゃん時代の姿が写っていた。半分は画像がにじんで分からないが、優奈ちゃんを抱くほっそりとした腕は見える。優奈ちゃんの母で妹の里美さん=同(32)=が写っていた可能性がある。

Natori continues to hold onto these items, but with 3 years having passed from the tsunami, a number of villages have begun to dispose of their collections. One of those was Isonomaki in Miyagi. On March 10, 1 day before the items were to be disgarded, one Hiromi Takahashi (age 48) saw a photograph in the pile and started crying. She recognized it as a baby photo of her niece, Reina Takahashi, who was lost to the tsunami at age 7. Half of the photo had been damaged by water, but someone could be seen embracing the baby Reina. This was probably her mother, Satomi, who was also lost in the tsunami at age 32.

高橋さんは津波で11人の家族や親戚を失い、実家の周囲などで思い出の品を捜し続けてきたという。

Ms. Takahashi lost 11 of her relatives in the tsunami and said she had searched around her former home for any items to remember them by.


Photo and story from Sankei Shinbun: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/140310/dst14031013450011-n1.htm
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