The other day I went to the supermarket to buy some salmon and I found some whale meat from Iceland. I have been reading about it online and it seems that the Japanese can’t catch enough whales for the demand that exists in Japan. To solve the problem the government agreed to import whale meat from Iceland and Norway in 2009.
My friend Ernest and I went to a concert in which the music was played by robots. The band is called Z-Machines and the funny thing is that the robots do stuff like for example greeting the crowd before the concert or show gratitude at the end. The robots are programmed to speed up the beat of the songs or keep playing one more song if the crowd is loud enough. I didn’t really enjoy the music but it was fascinating to see so many people just hearing what some robots were programmed to play.
I took some videos with my camera and I have put them together with iMovie so you can have an idea of the concert atmosphere:
The current Okinawa prefecture was formerly known as the Ryukyu Kingdom. The inhabitants of the Ryukyu islands were able to maintain their independence from the Chinese and Japanese empires during the Edo era. However, they were not very amiable between each other, during many years the Okinawa islands were divided in three kingdoms: Hokuzen (North Kingdom), Chuzan (Center Kingdom) and Nanzan (South Kingdom).
Each kingdom was controlled from one castle. Shuri castle in Naha (South Kingdom) and Nakijin castle (North Kingdom) were the most powerful castles. These are some photos of Nakijin castle I took in a sunny day. You can see the “gusuku” style stone walls, which are unique to Okinawa.
Today I found this Ultraman statue at Shinbashi station in the Yamanote line. Next to the statue there was a stand where you can get a stamp to certify that you have found the statue. It seems that it is a promotion to collect the Ultraman characters stamps. If you manage to get all the stamps you will be able to have a chance to get several prizes. These kind of marketing promotions are known in Japan as スタンプラリー (Stamp Rally). To participate in them you have to use the official passbook and then collect all the stamps.
Until today I knew about rabbit island and cat island but I didn’t know about a small village in Miyagi prefecture where there are more than one hundred foxes walking around the streets, parks and temples. I have immediately added the village to the places I should visit in Miyagi.
The following photos were taken by briedis during his last visit to the village. My favourite photo is the one with the Shintoist shrine dedicated to the fox goddess Inari, two stone foxes on the sides and a real fox in the back looking at the camera
This is another post to compile the best photos I have taken during 2014, this time with my Instagram. To select the photos I have used Iconsquare by filtering the photos which had more than 300 likes. For those of you that ask me on Twitter, I’m still using an iPhone 4 to take the photos I publish on Instagram. I was thinking to move to an iPhone 6 but I eventually didn’t make up my mind.
In this year that is coming to an end I’ve still been rocking with my passion for photography. In my instagram @kirainet you can follow the photos that I take with my iPhone 4 and that I publish almost daily. In this post I am compiling the photos that I have taken during the year with my Nikon D800 and my Fuji X100. I took some of them in Kanagawa, but almost all of them were captured strolling around the streets of my beloved Tokyo.
I wish you all have a very happy Xmas and an awesome year 2015!