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ABOUT THESE PHOTOS
These photographs were taken with an Olympus E-1 camera or an Olympus E-330 camera and assorted Zuiko lenses, or a Ricoh GRD camera.
The humid weather, and a burst of rain from the typhoon, seem to have caused the lotus plants to have another shot at flowering this summer. There are a few flower heads on the plants in the pond at Kono Park, and some beautiful new leaves are showing their perfect surfaces. I love the blue green color of new lotus leaves.
This piece of real estate is in a prime location, or at least those of us from Western countries would think so. It sits right beside a very pretty river in Saga, but it hasn't been occupied for some time, and doesn't look like being developed any time soon.
There are many, many small shrines in Japan, like this on located along the walking path beside the river that I often stroll along in the forlorn hope of losing weight.
This one has been there for many years, but has recently been rebuilt. Sometimes they are just a little larger than a letterbox, and range in size up to about the size of this one. They are usually very simple, and provide a place for locals to make a quick prayer.
Took my new camera for a first walk yesterday, at the same time this lady was taking her dog for it's daily walk.
Pretty easy to get this shot in most Japanese parks around late afternoon, as most owners excercise their dogs regularly, and are usually proud enough of them to be delighted at having them photographed. Although this dog didn't seem too pleased.
No, not Old England, but old Mojiko. Einstein was deemed to have stayed here, and his room is still preserved as was, and is open for viewing as part of the exhibition here. There is also a nice cafe-restaurant on the premises.
The building is listed as a building of significant cultural heritage in Japan, as are several other old Mojiko buildings.
These blowfish sculptures adorn the side of a fugu, or blowfish restaurant in Shimonoseki. Located at the very bottom of Honshu, Shimonoseki is regarded as the prime spot to eat fugu, and most of the restaurants here are either devoted to it, or have dishes on offer of fugu in one form or another.
Fugu is regarded by western folk like me as being very dangerous to eat, as it is poisonous. It is often stated that you need a special license to prepare it, but I'm beginning to think that idea, and the stories of it's extreme dangers, are a thing of urban mythology. It would mean that every second person in Shimonoseki would need a license, and also, I didn't
notice any more funeral parlors here than in other parts of Japan.