tilt-shift あおり

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A good old friend from Japan commented about my recent photo from
Seto in his blog page (Japanese).

Tilt-shift lens makes things looks like a miniature model.

So I’ve created a limited time
special page just for TS photo, enjoy...

親友のブログで最近自分が撮った瀬戸の写真を扱っていただいた

TS
レンズはそのアオリで模型の様な風景をかもしだす

そこで、期間限定でTSティルトシフトレンズを使った写真の特集を、お楽しみください

daughter 娘

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I met Sugiyama san when I’ve moved to NYC year ago. He has a very nice restaurant “
Sugiyama” where he produces a traditional Japanese Kaiseki style dining experience. I always sit at the counter so I can see his cooking and how he presents food to his customer, carefully arranging each pieces so you can appreciate all flavor and texture of food.

His wife and Sugiyama san both share same hometown in Japan with me so we often talk about our hometown, music, and food. He plays drum (R&R), and his daughter plays piano.

I had an opportunity to listen to
her recital yesterday at the Kaufman Center Merkin Concert Hall.

His daughter looks like her parents but plays very different type of music, still nice to know a family who shares the joy of music.

For more photo from her recital, click
here. リサイタルの写真はこちらへ...

杉山さんに初めてお会いしたのはちょうど1年前にNYCに越した時だ。彼のレストラン「Sugiyama」はニューヨークに居て日本の懐石料理が経験出来る貴重な場所、私はいつもカウンターに座り杉山さんが丁寧に一品づつ料理をする姿を楽しませていただく

杉山さんと奥様は共に私と同じ故郷、岡山の方、食事をいただきながら故郷の話、音楽の話、料理の話を楽しませていただく。杉山さんはロックのドラマー、娘さんはピアノ

昨日、その娘さんのリサイタルに伺った

ご両親の面影がある反面、音楽的にはかなり異なるクラッシック、音楽のタイプは異なっても家族で音楽を共有できる事はすばらしい

sheep 羊

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Krispy Kream opened its Tokyo store exactly 3 years ago in Shinjuku, across the street from my old office. This store always had a long line, often the line stretching to Tokyu Hands. My co-worker (software architect) and I used to laugh at mindless sheep who are waiting 90 minutes to buy donuts. We were the black sheep, not following the line, asking a question, and causing a trouble.

Three years since then, the fame of Krispy is gone but I’m still a black sheep.

ちょうど3年前にクリスピークリームが日本に上陸し、当時の自分の会社の前に新宿店がオープンした。このドーナッツ屋はいつも長い列があり、時には東急ハンズまでその列が伸びていた。当時のソフトウェアー アーキテクトと私は90分近くはやりのドーナッツが欲しさに列ぶ無知の羊達を笑っていた。彼と私は黒い羊、列に並ばず、なぜ?と問い、常に問題を起こしていた

それから3年、クリスピーの人気は去っていったが、自分はまだ黒い羊であり続ける

zed

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Had a chance to see
ZED with friends while in Tokyo
As many other Cirque du Soleil, their performance is filled with energy and emotion

東京に居る間にZEDを友達と観る機会があった
他のシルク・デゥ・ソレイユのようにこのパフォーマンスもエネルギーと感情に満ちあふれていた

live ライブ

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3 live photo sessions while in Tokyo. Punk, visual, full of energy!

For more photo from cali-gari live, click
here. 写真はこちらへ

東京にて3つのライブの写真、パンク、ビジュアル、エネルギーのかたまり!

visual ビジュアル系

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Ao chan took 6 years break from his professional music performance so it was refreshing to see him on stage and doing what he loves, playing guitars.

For more photo of
cali-gari live, click here. カリガリの写真はこちらへ

あおちゃんは6年間バンド活動を停止していた
久しぶりにギターを弾くその彼の舞台姿は生き生きしていた

adidas アディダス

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Adidas shop wall southeast of Shinjuku station

新宿駅南口の近くのアディダスショップの壁

punk パンク

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Thanks to my friends, my music taste expanded in the past few years from Pop, Jazz and Classic to Punk. No one is too old to express him/herself in a simple beat and raw energy.

For more info about Head69, click
here (Japanese link)

Click
here for more photo from their live performance 写真はこちらへ

この数年、年甲斐もなく音楽の趣味がポップ、ジャズ、クラッシックからパンクへ広がった。シンプルなビートと生のエネルギーで自分を表現する事に歳の壁はない

バンド、Head69についてはこちらへ

seto 瀬戸

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Setouchi Inland Sea, west of Japan between main island, Shikoku island, and Kyushu island. Rapid tide, narrow water channel, and dozens of ships traveling around hundreds of small island. Setouchi displays both busy human life and rich mother nature.

More photo here... つづきはこちらへ

本州、四国と九州にまたがる瀬戸内海は、潮の流れ、海峡、そして島々の間を行き来する無数の船が、人の忙しさと自然の大きさを描いてくれる

"トイレはどこですか?" "Where is a toilet?"

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At old shopping mall in Onomichi

尾道の商店街にて

More photo from Onomichi
here つづきはこちらへ

cinderella シンデレラ

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At phone booth in front of
Onomichi JR station, Hiroshima, Japan

Wonder what was the last phone call...
Looks like it’s been there for few years...

広島、尾道駅前の電話ボックスにて

何を話してたんだろう...
数年前からある雰囲気...

More photo from Onomichi
here つづきはこちらへ

river 川

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Takahashi River

This river was covered with industrial wastes when I was growing up. Amazing we can make changes in both direction.

More photo here 写真はこちらへ

高梁川

幼い頃この川が産業廃棄物で囲まれていたのを覚えている
いまさらの事だが両方向の変化を人は出来る

bridge 橋

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Old Kawabe bridge on Takahashi River was built in 1933 by Harima (ship builder). It was converted as a pedestrian bridge when the new one was built right next in 1979.

More photo
here 写真はこちらへ

高梁川に掛かる川辺橋は1933年に播磨造船により建造された古い橋
1979
年に新橋が隣に造られたが歩道として残される

reunion 同窓会

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We were in the same elementary school and high school. We used to walk beside the rice field, singing, and talking about our dream.

25 years later, we can still sing together.

School band reunion with friends.

More photo
here 写真はこちらへ

小中学と一緒だった、学校の帰り道は田んぼ沿いのあぜ道を歌を歌い、夢を語り

そして
25年たった今でも一緒に歌える

そんな学生時代のバンド友達との同窓会

fuji 富士山

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Mt. Fuji and sunset somewhere outside of Tokyo, view from Shinkan sen NOZOMI super express with newest N700 series car traveling 170 mph or 270 km/h, nice and smooth ride with WiFi and power plug for each seat.

新幹線からの富士山と夕日、のぞみN700系は無線LANに電源付きで快適

bento お弁当

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Looks so classic even the train is running 160+ mph, with WiFi service.

無線LANがあって時速260キロ以上で走る新幹線にしては、とっても昔っぽお弁当

quarantined 検疫

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At Narita airport

Many of my friends gave me horrifying stories arriving Tokyo international airport last two months. As a plane lands, a dozen of men in blue bio-hazmat suits rush into a plane, pointing an IR body temperature sensor to passengers, taking few hours before deplaning if they find one with high body temperature, then not being able to go back to work or go out for two weeks...

My quarantine was a simple one, fill out the form asking if I’ve been feeling flu like sickness, fever, or running nose. Then present this questioner at the gate.

I feel quarantined and safer now (no)

成田空港にて

最近日本に到着した数人の友達から色々いやな話を聞いた

飛行機が到着するや、青いバイオハズマットスーツに身を固めた数人のおじさん達が体温計測用の赤外線センサーを鉄砲の様に乗客に向け、もし体温が高い人が見つかると飛行機を降りるのに数時間かかり、さらに会社、学校からは2週間程来ないように言われ...

自分の場合は簡単だった、病気か、熱があるか、鼻ミズがでるかなどの質問表に答えこれを提出するだけ

隔離(検疫)され安心出来た(はずがない)


large dog 大型犬

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At 52nd Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue, in front of a very nice French bakery.

It must be a very large dog, a very very large dog, or very large dog with constipation for few days.

大きな犬だと思う、とても大きな犬だと思う、それか便秘気味の大型犬だと思う

"BNE"

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Printed Matter, Inc.” book store at 10th Avenue between 22nd and 21st street in Chelsea.
A great book store recommended by few great New Yorker friends.



BNE, I have seen this sticker in Tokyo too. But not sure what BNE means. Branch if Not Equal to zero? Not likely... Web search finds similar blog entry about people finding BNE sticker in Japan and worldwide, but unable to pin point the creator.

BNE、このステッカー東京でも見かけた、日本では「BNE参上」、でもBNEが何を意味しているか不明、プログラミングに「Branch if Not Equal to zero」があるけど、それとは関係ないと思う、インターネットで検索しても他のブログでこのステッカーを日本や世界中で見かけている話が出てくるが、実際に誰の仕業か探せない

"A"

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On “A” train between 23rd St station and 42nd St station.


He kept staring at a the subway passenger in front of him.

First, he appeared as a creasy homeless person (as usual) but his hand created one of the most amazing portraits within 5 minutes of ride, entertaining all passengers around him, giving a piece of art in everyone’s mind. Then he gave the drawing to the passenger as he stood up to take off. They don’t know each other, I don’t know his name, but I may see him again on the “A” train.

地下鉄A線、23番街駅と42番街駅の間で

彼は地下鉄の中で前の乗客をずっと睨んでた

初めはただのホームレス、きちがいだと思っていたが、地下鉄乗車の5分間で、彼の手からはすばらしい肖像画が生まれ、周りに居た乗客みんながそのアートを楽しんだ

描かれた乗客が立ち上がると、彼はその絵を差し上げた、彼ははお互いを知らない、彼の名前も知らない、でもまた地下鉄A線で彼に会うかもしれない

"D"

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At “Gracious Home” Broadway and 67th Street

Missing “D”.

Dが抜けてる

nature 自然

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At 58th Street between 9th Ave and 10th Ave.

Dead tree trunk but roots still alive, and trying to come back.

Nature is stronger than human ego even at the most unnatural place like Manhattan

幹は失っても根は生きていて、よみがえろうとしている

不自然はマンハッタンでも、自然は人の我よりも力強い

Grim Reaper 死神

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At the corner of 10th Ave. and 22nd Street in Chelsea.

Good by GM. Grim Reaper was looking at the SUV shop.

さよならGM、死神はSUVを睨んでた

Manhattanhenge

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All maps are drawn as if Manhattan Island is exactly aligned north-south but that is a convenience, not a true geography. Manhattan is about 30 degree off.
Twice a year, the sunset and sunrise exactly aligns with east-west street grids on Manhattan. This is called Manhattanhenge.

As I held my camera at the intersection of Madison and 34th Street around 8:15 on May 30th., the sun was casting its beam from New Jersey or Hudson River to all the way down to East River.

地図を見るとマンハッタン島は南北に真っ直ぐ伸びている様に見えるが、これは地図の都合で実際には30度程ずれている
年2回、東西に走るマンハッタンの碁盤の目の道路と日の出、日の入りがぴったり一致する日があり、これをマンハッタンヘンジと呼ぶ

マジソン街と34番通りの交差点で5月の30日、午後8時15分頃、西のニュージャージ、ハドソン川から東のイーストリバーまで太陽の光が届く瞬間

more... つづきは

Looking for blog entries from the last month and see more photo?
Please click
here or “May 2009” on the upper right menu for the monthly archive.

先月のブログや写真をお探しですか?
バックナンバーはここをクリック、または右上のメニューの”May 2009”をクリックしてください。