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The Summer that Never Happened

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I was fortunate to head out of Tokyo for the day.  We ventured out into the wild countryside of Chiba prefecture.  Chiba sits just next to Tokyo and is peninsula shaped like a dog.  On one side of Chiba is Tokyo bay and the other is the Pacific Ocean.

In the summer time Chiba is one of the close getaways spots to hit the beach and enjoy the surf, sun and sand.  This year I suspect it was bit lacking.  We made it all the way to the bottom of Tateyama Beach to be greeted by no one.  Well there were a hand full of people down on the beach, but nothing like it should have been. The beach should have been swarmed with young people oiled up and playing beach volleyball.  Instead the four volleyball courts stood silently. The beach shops stood completely empty as the owner’s gaze just looked out over the deserted beach.

My friend and I suspect that peoples fear of radiation have kept people from wading out into the water.  Even though the news does not really cover the radiation story, I guess people are worried.  The government says it is safe, but this empty beach says otherwise.

I sincerely hope that the situation improves soon.  I pray for the ground to rest.  I pray that there should be a return to the way things were, but we can never go back.  We must go forward and deal with the situation best as we can.

This was the summer that never happened.

Was There a Summer

Yellow Sand Bud

In Out, Repeat

Garden Homes, Greening of the Neighbohood

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Here in Japan even the suburbs are filled with concrete and lack of space.  There seems to be no end to the ribbons of concrete and asphalt that line the streets of this country.  Even when there are parks, and green spaces they never seem that removed from all the the manmade structures that surround them.

Houses, even like these, that are more in the countryside, suburbs than where I live there is still a lack of gardenable space; therefore, the proud home owners do everything in their power to use what little space they have to both surround themselves with the colors of nature.

Someday, I will be able to have an endless garden, filled with flours and fruits of the earth, until that time, I will enjoy what others have to offer.

Under Window Flower Box with Chain

Front Side Sitting Garden

Purple Entrance with Gate

Office to Go, on the Tracks

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Came across this ghost train parked at Shin Urayasu station the other day.  It was full of nothingness.  Each car was a meeting room, that were filled with olive seats, tin ashtrays and wooden hangers.  Such an odd site.  I wonder who rides this train, and can it be rented for a Bonenkai (End of the Year Party)?

Office to Go, on the Tracks

Overcast Commercial Tsudanuma

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

The wind was blowing a cool dry breeze as I made my way to Tsudanuma station in Chiba.  The wind caused me to zipper up my windbreaker to shield myself from the cold.  It really isn’t that cold, I just think that my body hasn’t really acclimated to the weather change after a long and hot summer.

Will the weather turn to as long as a winter as we had summer?

For now may we all enjoy this lovely in between.

A Complete Disconnect

Brown Eye

Blue Wave Switch

Faux Image

Waiting for the Watchman Under the Station

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Lots to be seen under and around the tracks at Tsudanuma station.  Just let yourself wander around and see what there is to be seen.

The Watchman Watches

Time Tested Construction

Urban Gardening with Air Conditioner

Uncrowded Intersection

Bare Scratchings of Emptiness

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

I was inspired to dig though my recent wandering pictures when i cam across my friends article on the IDP website.  Please take the time to read it.  It will make you think.  I Buried Paul: From the Desk of Minimofo

 

Bare Scratchings of Emptiness

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