Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Let's pink

In case anyone was wondering who on earth buys those brightly coloured SLRs... young women are powerful consumers in Japan... 

Let's pink

"The real world is the one on the back of my camera"  

[Hachimangu, Kamakura, Japan]

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Vitamin C overdose


garden citrus
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

Spot the difference

For those who found the last puzzle too difficult...

Egret
sparrow

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Spot the odd one out.


jungle crow
crow
jungle crow
jungle crow
jungle crow
Unless I have got my birds all mixed up, andrewt will get this in a trice.
Photos made posisble by Lan's lovely Nikon (now sadly returned to him). Great crow cam...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Affording the new Nikon

I have a plan! Having seen that these Rhine horizontals recently fetched more than 4 million USD (that's 4000 Nikons!) at auction...

horizontals
How about some Kamakura horizontals...
horizontals
Anyone like to buy a print? I'll do you a great deal.

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...
horizontals
I suppose one would actually have to see the original for real to actually appreciate the true work of art uninterpreted by pixels. 

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quackers


Male Mallard

Northern Pintail Duck


After our quackers week being 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

Let's bizarre


Let's red hippo

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

Let's (not) Marathon

While a walk in the park is harmless enough,

Shonan Marathon 2011
and can even be fun,
10 K finishers
the reasons not to run a full marathon are legion...
Finishers in pain
Worse, these are the good (sub-3hr) guys,
salty exhaustion
natural runners,
gasping his last
who should have been having fun...
Collapsing at the finish
finished finisher
There was a shuttle bus back to the station which followed the course, from where we saw the carnage of the 4 hour-plussers... stumbling zombies, bodies piled by the roadside, wheelchairs, ambulances etc. But here's jules, happy to have beaten 1500 (wow) men! And I had a cold.
jules

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Denver

We started as we meant to carry on (elk 'n' Guinness)...

"Elk Sliders"
The next day we explored downtown,

Downtown, Denver
with Rob and Amity.

James, 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.

State Capitol, Denver 
The day was amazingly clear, and, looking the other way, the Rocky Mountains could be easily seen 40 miles away.

Govt, Denver
The leaves were also looking very autumnal.

Capital City of Denver
Unfortunately, this was the only cowboy we saw.

Cowboy
Denver generally shows signs of gentrification with sculpture,

Sculture, Denver 
and prettied up old buildings

Union Station, Denver
like the massive brick REI cathedral (of which this is just one end).

REI, Denver
Next day it was down to the basement to play with our phones,

WCRP, Denver 
 and before long we were flying home on a chikinorbeef airline

San Francisco to Narita

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Let's Merry


Let's Merry, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.



Clearly we're not in Denver any more...

You might hope this is the Christian response to Let's Zen, but actually "Let's Merry" appears to be the slogan for St. Arbucks Japan's winter campaign.

Oh it's so nice to be back to normality...

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