Black and White
While at the park the other day I saw smoke rising over the trees. I walked over and saw this.
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Today (Saturday here) I went to a nearby junior high school for a “sports day.” A friend here in Hachioji has been organizing these events. A bunch of internationals got together and played sports with Japanese junior high kids. I played soccer and had a great time. Our team consisted of a bunch of guys from Sri Lanka, one guy from India, a couple Japanese guys, and me (the American). We took on the baseball team and lost 3-2. Actually, we were winning at first, but then we sent one of our best players over to the other side…
Others played badminton and ping-pong. Afterwards we ate cheeseburgers and onigiri (rice balls) with the kids. A couple of Sri Lankan guys sang a song (very cool). To fill the remaining time (and then some) we all introduced ourselves, and then we went home.
The highlight, for me, was having some great conversations with a few Japanese volunteers. It’s also a great time to get together with some internationals I’ve been getting to know.… Keep Reading
The pressure to conform to an image is pretty clearly expressed in this shop selling beauty products. Well, they also sell dish soap, but that’s not what they’re marketing. I know this is kind of a mess, and the real people are cut off, but that’s my intention.
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As for me, my apologies for not having better photos to post recently. I’ve been occupied with other things — good things — and simply haven’t had the time. I should have both time and opportunity this month though.
The photo above comes from the vault. I once showed a color version, and now seemed a good time to haul it out in black and white.
The other day I went to the nearby art college to see the senior art show. I enjoyed that. I love looking at art of all kinds. Not all of it was great; some was merely practice for future commercial work. But there were enough good pieces and honest attempts.
In the sculpture room I stopped to admire a sculpture. It was an oblique feminine shape with a hole in the back. Looking inside (I’m glad the hole wasn’t lower or on the front) I could see ceramic pieces fitted together into some kind of colorful scene. Moving around the face, looking upwards, wore a serene expression with the eyes closed. I liked it.
I turned around and said, “Snow.” Actually, I said “Yuki,” because it was snowing outside and I could see it through the open door (and because we speak Japanese here). Then a couple of girls standing in front of me turned around, startled, and said something back that I didn’t catch. I figured they’d misunderstood what I said, so I repeated, “Yuki…yuki ga futte iru” and pointed. Then they got it. Whew. Later I realized that maybe one of the girls was named Yuki.
Anyway, after settling the fact that is was snowing, the girl facing me said, “Did you come here in August with a bunch of kids?” I did, so I said so.… Keep Reading
I love this shot. It didn’t seem that special until I saw it in black and white.
I really want to fall in love with color photography, because arguably that’s a better match for my digital camera (due to current limitations in digital printing and my aversion using an inkjet printer). When I see color photography, I often have one of these reactions: a) I’m overwhelmed and pushed back by the intensity of color and detail, b) I’m bored by the sight of yet another beautiful photo of whatever, or c) I’m drawn in because the image is in color yet simple enough for my eye to enter and experience the drama there.
I saw some “type c” photos today and really liked them. They had a limited range and brightness of color, also limited the range of details by using smooth backdrops, and deliberately lost details (in darkness, blur, or grain). Maybe I should be taking notes…
I took this photo of the twins this morning. Today (Saturday) the roads and stores were packed. I noticed our local grocery store has stocked more specialty deserts than usual (eclairs, cream puffs, etc.) plus lots and lots of fried chicken. Cold fried chicken…Hmmm. For anyone who doesn’t already know, in Japan they have a tradition of eating fried chicken on Christmas. They think that’s what Americans eat. That myth was created years ago by Kentucky fried chicken. (Kentucky Fried Chicken is reporting that they’re already sold out for this year.) The other big tradition is “Christmas cake” which I saw for sale in the train station today (and just about everywhere else I turned). Christmas cake is white cake with strawberries on top. Come to think of it, that’s the same cake they sell all year long.
As for us, we’re making posole tomorrow. Bloggie brownie points for the first person who knows what that is. 🙂
(Should I trademark: “bloggie brownie points”…?)