The Great Buddha of Kamakura

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Scanned from my black & white film print

 

The Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Kamakura) is a large copper image of Amida-butsu (Amitabha Buddha) located at Kotoku-in 高徳院 temple in Kamakura City. The statue of was constructed around in 1252 and was originally indoors. It was said to be destroyed by a tsunamis and typhoons in the 13th & 14th century and later re-built outdoors. The over 750 year old Buddha statue weighs about 121 tons and stands 11.3 meters high and was designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government.

 

https://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/index.php#guidance

 

https://www.kotoku-in.jp/en/about.html

 

Harajuku

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Scanned from my black and white film print

 

Harajuku is the birthplace of kawaii culture. It’s where people wear clothing in bright and pastel colors and food is considered cool or cute. Harajuku is known for many crepe cafes and clothing apparel stores. One of central areas are Takeshita Street which has affordable fashion items, accessories, sneakers, and goods that are very popular with locals and international visitors. In addition, there is also hip hop community in Harajuku headed by Manhattan Records.

 

https://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/photobook/index.html

 

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/program/video/kawaii-i/?type=tvEpisode&

 

https://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii-i/about/index.html

 

The 100 Block Mural Project

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In March 2019 The 100 Block Mural Project painted 100 murals in downtown San Jose by 100 local artists in the San Jose Exhibition District. Each of 100 artists painted a 3 foot square space on the wall and were paid in total $30,000.

The Exhibition District is a woman-owned and operated non-profit arts organization in downtown San Jose. Their purpose is that “Art Is An Economic Engine” and this is not art for art’s sake.

https://www.exhibitiondistrict.com/

Tokyo Station

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Tokyo Station is the hub of the nationwide railway network in Japan since it opened in 1914. It serves approximately 420,000 passengers per day with numerous train lines. The station has contributed to the development of the surrounding business district as the center of Tokyo.

One historical event at Tokyo Station was when the Tokaido Shinkansen Line opened in 1964 during the Tokyo Olympics. In 2003 Tokyo Station was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. In 2014 after a five year 50 billion yen major renovation project Tokyo Station was completed .

Beneath Tokyo Station there are extensive shopping arcades with restaurants, cafes, stores, and several hotels. Some highlights of businesses inside are the Tokyo Ramen Street, Tokyo Okashi Land (sweets), and Tokyo Character Street (Japanese heroes & characters). It is a city within a city.

http://www.tokyostationcity.com/en/learning/station_building/

Scarecrow

japanese scarecrow

Photograph taken at Shirakawa-go 白川郷 in Gifu Prefecture.

Please go away birds

to protect our fields

provide food for others

for the next harvest

123KLAN at Pow! Wow! San Jose (PWSJ)

123 KLAN

123KLAN are a French husband and wife graffiti team consisting of Scien and Klor from Montreal, Canada. They create graffiti art, design graphics and branding, and produce clothing such as BANDIT1SM x 123KLAN. Their art style combines graffiti art with large lettering in acid colors and characters in manga style. Like all good artists 123KLAN has a distinctive artistic style that defines themselves. 123KLAN participated in this year’s PWSJ 2018 an international week-long arts and culture festival held in San Jose.

https://www.123klan.com/
https://www.powwowsanjose.com/

Viva CalleSJ 2018

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The San Jose Bike Clinic repair station at the SoFA hub at Viva CalleSJ 2018

On Sunday September 23rd, 2018 over 100,000 enthusiastic bike riders, skaters, and walkers converged on the streets of San Jose. There were thousands of families, students, friends, the young, the old, stingrays, tandems, fixies, cruisers, unicycles, and recumbent bicycles. Viva Calle is an open street project by the City of San Jose transforming the streets free of automobiles, motorized vehicles, and carbon emissions for one day. The 2018 route started at the SoFA district in downtown San Jose then went southbound on Monterey Road past Santa Clara Co. Fairgrounds and ended at Martial Cottle Park in south San Jose. It was a fun day for all.

Hara Model Railway Museum

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Hara Model Railway Museum in Yokohama is a railway museum that opened in 2012. It is said to be one the largest collection of model trains and collectibles in the world. Nobutaro Hara, the founder of the museum, studied at Tokyo Institute of Technology to study railway technology. At the museum you can observe trains from Japan, United States, and Europe. The museum seeks to recreate real trains by utilizing the same railway technologies.