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Orange in the Spotlight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

First of all I would like to congratulate Japan’s National Women’s Team for winning the Women’s World Cup.  I am well aware of my American roots, and I usually would support my home team of America.  However, considering all that Japan has been though over the last four months I am pleased that Japan won.  It gives Japan a bit of good news when we all have been just keeping our heads above water in bad news.

Orange is one of those colors that I usually overlook. The hot sensation that orange gives me is one that I usually avoid.  However, these two, were just singing in the sun.  They speak color sound of summer time.  The speak of the heat, that shines from the closeness of the summer sun.

Orange

Heat

Hot

Humid

Beautiful

Six Point Orange Beauty

Orange in the Spotlight

Pom Pom in the Heat

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The temperature is getting higher and higher day by day.  And with all the energy saving measures in place, businesses have been asked to cut 15% off their energy usage.  I agree with the need to cut energy in order to pitch in and help out, but at the same time it can be just about as hot indoors as it is outside.  The temp hit about 32 (90) the past couple days.  The businesses are all setting the A/C to 28 (83).  It helps a bit, but when you got a room packed with people the temp can be pretty bad.  One room I was in the other day, the indoor thermometer read 32 (90) with the A/C set to 28 (83).

By the time I get home in the early evening, I am thankful for the sun going down, and for a bit cooler air after cooking indoors.

Time to get your pom poms out and shake them around a little.  Get those colors flowing in this heat.  Something to get our mind off all the heat under our feet, and over our heads.

Pom Pom pon Fence

Red Hot Wall

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The temperature was cool but the wall was hot out on the streets of Ichikawa.

Window Clash

Double

Hose Around

There is More than One Way Home

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The sun was roasting at a high of 36 yesterday as I wondered back to my home.  We are promised that it was the last day of hot weather as this morning I awoke to cooling rain splattering on my window.

I had the time, so I chose another way home from the station.  I wanted to see what there was to be seen as the mercury still read 30 degrees at 4 in the afternoon.  All these souls living in such proximity to one another.  Literally the people live stacked on top of one another.  Japan, and Tokyo in particular, is a vertical society where the souls are layered like Lego blocks in perfected geometry.

Cubicle Living

Perfection in Electronics

Not So Quiet

Yanaka Nice, Went there Twice!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Yes it is true.  I went to Yanka area yesterday, and I returned there today.  I guess I just couldn’t get enough of that baking heat bouncing off the asphalt and the aluminum siding.  One big change was that we went to the Zakuro Persian spot on Yanaka Ginza Street.  We had an amazing meal of chickpeas, spicy soup, lamb, breads, and kebabs.  Amazing place.

Crate Table Door Window Pipe

Glass Brick Barber-San

Organic - Inorganic

Laundry Tree Shade

39 Degrees in Steamy Yanaka

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Wedged in between Nippori, Sendagi, and Nezu lies the old part of town of Yanaka.  Filled with old homes, many temples, and lots of shoe-boxed sized stores.  Since Japan is in the middle of the Obon season, about 70% or everything was shuttered, including the museum I wanted to see.

The mercury hit a high of 39 (102 Fahrenheit) degrees celsius.  I could feel the heat bouncing off the pavent, the and the tin covered houses.  While on the street the heat could not be avoided.

I did see some interesting places full of character, that will be explored at a later date.

The Club

Side Potted Garden

Foil Eyes

Door Jam, Window Jam

Red White Blue and Air Conditioner

Window Without a View

35 Degrees in the Shade

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

The temp is on the rise as the rainy season wanes.  The mercury is hitting it’s high mark and will continue to do so as we edge closer and closer to August.  In the geometric studies I could feel the heat radiate off the corrugated siding.  Hot Hot Hot.

Topped of with A/C

Five Windows Two Pipes

Garden in the Sun

Crosswalk into Window

Blue Corrugated Aloe

30 Degrees in the Sun

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The sun came out with a vengeance today.  After a few days of rain the mercury hit a high of about 30 degrees Celsius or 87 degrees Fahrenheit.  Not a record breaker yet, but it could be a sign of a long hot summer to come.

I was able to enjoy some of the sunshine on my face as I wandered around Tsudanuma in the long afternoon shadows of this late spring day.  Finding what little treasure that lay ahead.  Those backstreets where the red light district meets quiet suburbs.  All nestled in between the tracks and the asphalt.  All trying to find the space to breathe.

Houses in such a state of decay that no one lives in them anymore.  Store fronts so faded there is only a hint of their vivid past.

Wander, loose one’s self.

Find those treasures.

What ever they might be hiding.

Nobody is Home, I Think

Steps, Meters, and Bars

Chained Off, Break the Chains

Double Throne in White

And Then Our Eyes Met

Obama, Aso and Guns in Ueno

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Today is Obon Buddhist holiday.

Most people are off and either taking it easy, or

returning to see their family.

I hadn’t ventured into Tokyo for a few days due to other plans, and rain, so

I in the late afternoon, walked around Ueno and Asakusa.  I needed a new pair of

rather large Zori (Japanese sandals) and there aren’t many places that carry a 30 cm, or size

12 in Tokyo.  It was hot, and I wandered around for a little bit.

Obama, Aso and Guns

Back Window, Asakusa

Ice Cold Melon on a Stick

Cheeky Nakamura

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