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Icy, So Icy, Weekend

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Remainder, Melting Day

The weather has really dropped since Friday night.  Each night the lows are in the upper 20s (0 C) or so.  Way to cold for my born and raised in Miami blood.  I know I really shouldn’t complain because of how many people out there in the world are suffering from truly frigid temperatures.  But, then again, for me, its bloody cold out.

The wind howls at night and on Friday night the rain quickly turned to snow. I checked outside my window before I drifted off into dreamland that night and the snow had ceased falling.  I was disappointed.  I was looking forward to getting some pictures in my neighborhood of the freshly fallen snow.  I called it a night, recited the Shema, and went to sleep.

I awoke late in the morning trying to keep warm.  I opened up the curtain to be shocked to see snow atop my neighbors roof.  There wasn’t much left, but enough for me to bundle up and stroll around the neighborhood looking for some patches of snow.

It again was bloody cold out.  Most of the snow that had made it till the morning were those patches that were in the shade. I was on a quest to find crystals, ice crystals that is.

The ice in Tokyo is usually so fleeting.  It is here for a day or two at the most then it melts into our memories.  I do enjoy the snow, even though I do not want to see it that often.  Just enough for the snow to maintain its captivating mysterious nature over me.

Residual Snow with Bamboo Fencing

I’m Naked Without it

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Yeah that’s right. Read the headline again.  I am naked without it.  Of course, in this case I am talking about my camera.  Today was the first time in a very long time, that I left the house with out putting my camera in my bag.  I felt like I had walked out of the house with out any pants on.  I would reach for the little ricoh, but it wasn’t there.  A big sigh!.

So, the images from todays post are from my stroll around Kasai on Saturday.  Buildings, constructions, all competing for my attention.  Therefore, I had to point my camera in many directions.

I won’t leave home without my camera tomorrow.  That is for sure.

Moshi Rust

Bako Abstact

Front Side Garden Siding

Front Side Garden Siding

Saturday: Sun is High and The Camera Clicks

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The sun shone high in the sky on Saturday.  There was as much pollen floating around the air as there was sunshine.  Though some vicious sneezing I managed to get a few pictures clicked off.

There can be drawn some lines between the seemingly random collection of images from Saturday.  How to they all connect with each other.  A garden that had several banana trees and the ripped, torn, blowing in te wind poster of a politrickster.

I will allow you to draw your own lines.  Try to follow the dots and see what you can come up with.

Click, click, sneeze!

Urban Banana Patch, Kasai, Edogawa-ku Tokyo

Can't Patch Over Lover, Blue Heart

Folded Up in Non-Truth

Scratching Iron

Torn Mouth, Plastic Smile

Till the Juice Runs Out

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I know I should have charged those batteries before I left this morning, but being mad tired it just slipped past my mind.

I usually treat my self to a nice stroll after finishing up for the week, and before the sabbath begins.  I was walking all over Tsudanuma snapping up a storm.  There were some fabulous little nooks and crannies that need to be explored further.  I will make sure I have a fully charged battery the next time I hit that part of town.

Keep a spare, charge em up.  I also thought of bringing my half frame, but I was NAH, i don’t need it.  That will teach me, I hope.

Batteries are charging as I type.

Window Door Window

Thou Shall See !

15-5 Mailbox, No !

Hosing Graffiti Wall

Honda Gate

Don’t Be Like the Monkey

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Letting the breeze blow though my place, I picked out another few images from my stroll around Shibuya the other day.  And always remember this sage advice.  Do not be like the monkey.

Bikes This Way, Stop Grafitti

Nine Holes, and Two Squares

Don't be Like the Monkey

It is Good to Get Lost in Shibuya

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Shibuya is a neighborhood that is in all he guide books about Japan, and Tokyo.  It is suppose to be the hip happening spot.  The spot all the teenagers want to hit.  The spot filled with clubs, clothes and parties.  For me this is only one side of Shibuya.

I like to wander and get lost amongst the backstreets.  Finding those little nuggets of the forgotten, or lonely.  By chance, I follow my instincts when wandering the streets.  I veer left when i feel I should go left.  Right when the vibe is right.  You usually will never get that lost.  You are never that far from popping back on a familiar street or another station.

So do it.  Get out there in the city and lose yourself on the streets.  Let the vibrations of the city to guide you to find your treasures.

Moon in Shibuya

Can't Buff it All, Can't Stop Art Part II

Walking and Jiving in Shibuya

A Noren and a Throw Up

Bamboo

Just Another Hole in Shibuya

Can’t Patch Over Art, Art Will Always Win

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The day was lovely if not a bit on the windy side today.  We hopped on the train to go into Harajuku today.  We had planned to eat lunch at a new breakfast joint imported in from Oahu, but were dismayed to see the line literally go around the block.  Being in a state of dizziness due to eating early this morning we trodded on looking for a spot to eat.

We ended up in a sandwich place.  Which was okay, but the thing we discovered after sitting down was that the restaurant was in partnership with a cigarette company, so we were surrounded by adds trying to get the ladies to smoke.  I thinketh we will never go back there again.

Strolling around the little busy backstreets of Harajuku was enjoyable, I found YOU there, just sitting in a window front.  That was a nice touch, since it is always a pleasure to see you.

There also is this constant battle between the graffiti writers and the buffers.  In the end the  buffers can never win.  Art will always prevail.  The pattern the buffers left behind was so beautiful, with a faint hint of the original graff, it made my warm heart grow even warmer.

So get out there into the world.  See what there is to be seen.  Do not let them hold you back, flip the script and create art out of the seemingly artless.

Can't Patch Over Art

Boxed in Window

Tag, Weed, Wall, Harajuku

I found You in Harajuku

Saturday Stroll though the Park

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The weather was gorgeous yesterday.  The sun shone brightly in the sky and it seems like my entire neighborhood headed to the park to bask in the sun and soak up the cherry blossoms.  As we walked arounf the park I couldn’t help but remember that the only reason we have this lovely park is because of the godzilla sized power lines that run the entire length of the park.

So there we are enjoying the “great outdoors” with fragments of the urban world invading our space.  But like I have said to others before, it is better to have some open space in the city, rather than none at all.  So if you can, get out there and enjoy the few urban natural spaces.  Let them be a place where community can come together and pursue peaceful pleasures.

Reality of my Surroundings

Where the Lanterns Are

Two Buds Sitting in a Tree

Picture Perfect

Napping Under the Blosson on a Hill

A Cloudy Day Stroll in Kasai

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I needed to get out of the house today so I just took a stroll around the neighborhood.  The air was icy with reports of snow later tonight.  Walking around my gray neighborhood looking for what I have a look for what I haven’t really seen before.  Snap, snap, and walk walk that is what I do best.

Can't Trust Hot Eyes

Chipped and Chiped at Name

Arrow into the Darkness

Ladybug Climbing up a Wall

Half a Something

Ice Cream Saturday

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Just about though my pics from the past weekend.

Its time to load up and hit the streets for some fresh images.

2 more from the stroll around Harajuku.

Summer Ice Cream, Harajuku

Mailbox Door Reflection, Harajuku

Sunny Side of Ichikawa

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Sun was beaming down and sizzling the concrete today as I

strolled back to the station.  The morning started off cool enough.  It didn’t last

long, it is July, you know?  The heat of the day sometimes bleaches the colors into

a nothingness, but I strive to find the colors in the City.

P.S. There is a cheeky self portrait in this batch.

ciao.

Aki Stripes

Tarpaper, Tape and Weeds

Inverted View, Self Portrait with Shoe

Gated Blue

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Gates to keep up in, and gates to keep You out.

Details from a stroll in ichikawa.

Gated Blue

Knobs of Asphalt

Eye Kai

Walls, Peace, and Windows

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Another afternoon stroll though the old part of ichikawa.

Looking for what is to be seen, and seeing what is to be found.

The scratched image reads Honto Love.  Or in other words True Love.

Up in The Hole Wall

From this Window, Peace on Earth

Real Love

Not so Close, this time

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

I have been taking lots and lots of macro pictures recently.

I have been drawn into the world of small details that can

only be seen when you stop, and breath in your surroundings.

these images are not that.

I stepped a few steps back.

and then snapped the shutter.

Stairway, Stairway

Bright Corner

Rectangle and Rectangles

Purple and Rusty

Monday, July 6th, 2009

A poster faded to a lovely shade of purple.

and a rusty encrusted screw, found on the streets

of Ichikawa, Chiba, Japan.

Puple Dot Glasses

Rust Juts Out

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