Photos of Japan: The Nara deer

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A trip to Nara just wouldn’t be complete without loads of photos of the deer that just about couldn’t care less about the millions of tourists that stream through Nara Park every years. Unless they have food. Or look like … Continue reading

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If you want to ‘understand’ Japanese bboying, watch their hands

There is something a little bit different about bboys in Japan.

Sure, many countries would make that claim about something from their country, but I think it’s true in this case because of a simple difference: other bboys might enjoy doing the dangerous, but many Japanese bboys seem to revel in doing things that are downright destructive.

Perhaps I’m over-intellectualising this (who? me? over-intellectualise? never!) but I think that it speaks of a wider, historic tradition in Japan. A cultural and perhaps even philosophical penchant for pursuing mushin by pushing oneself far beyond the point of breaking. The samurai did it, and judging by a number of the moves in the video below, the Japanese bboys do it.

Just look out for the way they don’t use their hands in some moves….

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Photos of Japan: Holy Goldberg Contraption, Batman. Pictures of People!

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I guess it’s more than a bit strange, but I rarely to ever take pictures of people. Maybe it’s the journalistic background…people are what you talk to…not take pictures of. That being said, I tried something new on a recent … Continue reading

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Exactly what all kids’ sports should be like

Fun.

Pure and simple.

As fun as this very obviously is – and which brought a smile to my lips:

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Kawauso wa totemo kawaii ne!

Cute otter overload!!!

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Photos of Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

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I have to admit that I’m more than a little enamoured with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. For one thing, you can go up to the 45th floor viewing decks for free (do it twice – once during the day … Continue reading

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Photos of Japan: Sake Barrels

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I’m quite enamoured with the sake barrels you find outside some shrines and temples here in Japan. Here are a few pictures of the ones’ outside the Meiji jingu shrine.

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