Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I suppose it might be the same in all those exotic countries in which citrus grow easily, but I find it odd that Japanese people don't eat the fruits of their own trees. Instead, like in the photo, the fruits remain on the garden trees as decoration all winter long. A British person did once tell me that he walked the lanes and successfully gained access to his neighbours' trees in order to make marmalade. Japanese people do eat a lot of citrus at this time of year. There are many different varieties of delicious satsumary things available, and a family may have a big boxful to work on during the New Year holiday. I'm not sure if what my Japanese friend told me can really be true - that children sometimes turn orange from eating too many!? I also don't know why the Japanese do not grow grapefruit - they are available but imported from the USA. The grapefruity thing in the picture is probably a yuzu, which is generally smaller and sweeter and less juicy than grapefruit. The tree was growing in someone's garden in Kamakura, with the boughs overhanging the road. I could have picked it if I was James' height.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Photos made posisble by Lan's lovely Nikon (now sadly returned to him). Great crow cam...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I have a plan! Having seen that these Rhine horizontals recently fetched more than 4 million USD (that's 4000 Nikons!) at auction...
Actually, after looking on Wikipedia I found out that the expensive picture may actually be quite different from how it appeared at that first link above. Looks like I need not only more horizontals but also brighter colours before I hit the big time for real...
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
After our quackers week b
eing Alice Through The Looking Glass at work, Lan was kind enough to lend me his lovely new camera for recovery and relaxation. I think it is amazing, but am having a hard time convincing James to support Nikon this Christmas.
[Northern Pintail and Mallard ducks at Hachimangu, Kamakura]
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Monday, November 7, 2011
The best thing about Japan is the way it keep surprising with its bizarreness, even after a decade of continuous study. Today was particularly bizarre. I won't explain - you wouldn't believe it anyway. But here is James, with his hippo, hoping that the internets will make it all better.
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Saturday, November 5, 2011
While a walk in the park is harmless enough,
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
We started as we meant to carry on (elk 'n' Guinness)...
The next day we explored downtown,
with Rob and Amity.
Rob is, officially, even cleverer than James, and he's almost as tall, but here he struck a deliberately daft pose in order to try and crack my lens. The lens survived and thus he is blogged!
Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado. Here is the centre of power.
The day was amazingly clear, and, looking the other way, the Rocky Mountains could be easily seen 40 miles away.
The leaves were also looking very autumnal.
Unfortunately, this was the only cowboy we saw.
Denver generally shows signs of gentrification with sculpture,
and prettied up old buildings
Next day it was down to the basement to play with our phones,
and before long we were flying home on a chikinorbeef airline
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