Yukitsuri(雪吊) is a way to help preserve branches on manicured trees so they are less likely to break when covered with heavy snow. This also creates some beautiful forms to take photographs of, and is one of the main attractions of Kenrokuen in the winter.
Walked by Hugh Jackman and his entourage, got him to turn around for a quick pic but i was too short to catch his eye. The photo was originally on PBase, but i gave up on that website a few years ago when they refused to update their headers to allow unicode.
photo was taken in early September 2009, when he was in Japan promoting The Wolverine(the one with Silver Samurai)
From my trip to Belitung Island in March 2016 for the full solar eclipse. This is the view from the hotel pool. The original photos were not very steady as it was a windy day even with a strong tripod. Stabilization and crop was done via Adobe After Effects. Initially I was going to use this for the cover video, but then trying to upload it it then decided to tell me minimum length is 20 seconds... FB has some very poinitlessly arbitrary rules.
I had some time to mess around with all the video clips i've been amassing in 2017 and made a short video. I'm still very new at video editing, watching youtube tutorials as I go. This is the only time i wish i have a Macbook for the iMovie app. it's not easy figuring out when to cut a clip and syncing it to the music's tempo.
I don't have much experience in Tohoku(northeastern) region of Japan. So for the moment it's all encompassed in this one album.
My first real jaunt into Tohoku was a short excursion to the crossroads between Fukushima, Miyagi, and Yamagata prefectures in early 2016. A circular trip in May 2017 again lead me through Aizu into Niigata's rice growing region. The third short trip as an unplanned hop to Sendai and southern Iwate in August 2017 for some scouting, and during the ...fall period i went back again for 2 weeks to really enjoy the area's autumn scenery with some friends.
Chuzonji at Hiraizumi, Iwate. this temple complex is magnificent and should be on everyone's list when visiting Tohoku. Their treasures room has some amazing works of Buddhist art difficult to find even in various monasteries and galleries i've visited in China, especially with the golden sutras on indigo paper and how well kept they are. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%ABson-ji
A beautiful hub city in the center of Jiangnan(江南) area, where for over 2000 years it has been the gathering place for master painters and poets.
the rest of Zhejiang province is here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/moxff/photos/?tab=album&album_id=298330340185485
Marked for demolition. This was a dilapidated abandoned building waiting to be demolished and sold to the highest bidder. Photo circa January 2005. It is now a high-end residential building called Zizhuyuan(紫竹园) on the corner of Nanshan rd. and Xihu ave.
Mainly photos from 2004-2005 when I was working there in Dalian. Liaoning is the the southernmost of the three provinces making up Manchuria or what used to be Manchukuo(滿洲國), the puppet state of Imperialist Japan. This is why there are still many symbols of Japan in the port city of Dalian. On the other hand, due to the proximity with the Korean peninsula, other parts of Liaoning province has a significant population of ethnic Choson(Chosŏnjok or Hanguk gye Jungguk-in), and districts like Xita in Shenyang that is predominantly of ethnic Korean culture(as in not exactly modern South Korean pop culture, even if it's somewhat popular there as well, think Quebecois culture vs Parisien).