Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Japan pics (preview)

I'm thinking of posting some of my unreleased Japan pics from last year around a theme like people (portraits), landscape, architecture or something. don't know yet how I'm exactly going to do it, but I will give it a thought.

I noticed that my last posting already goes back to 11 November this year, so to keep visitors curious about new pics, I'll post a preview from some uncut and non-edited pics from our last year's trip to Japan that might show up at some of the theme based posting in the New Year.

Hope you like them and hope to see you visitors come back next year.

In the mean time wishing everybody all the best for the New Year and hopefully it's going to be a healthy and smashing 2011.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Japan pics (Hiroshima)

With new pics I mean pics that haven't been published before on this weblog. The pics below were taken a year ago during our visit to Japan. They were taken at the city of Hiroshima. I've posted about Hiroshima before (check: here and here). As most people probably know Hiroshima was the first city in history on which the first atomic bomb was dropped. Besides the Peace Memorial Museum and the monuments in the Peace Memorial Park there is not much that reminds directly to that horrible event on August 6th 1945. Nowadays Hiroshima is a vibrant city with good food places and a nice nightlife.

From my 11 visits to Japan 5 or 6 times I've also visited Hiroshima. For several reasons it's one of my favorite cities in Japan. First there is this fascinating and horrifying history. And I have some friends living there, the good food (Hiroshima is famous for it's okonomiyaki) and my favorite pub in Japan can be found here. If I have the time and chance I always try to make a few day visit to the city. In and around Hiroshima are enough and good sightseeing places. And on the night time I always go to my favorite pub after dinner. The owners Mac and Yuri are very friendly and laid back. The bar has a good mix of locals and foreigners, so there is always someone to talk to. The bar is open all night and another, for me important, plus is Mac's impressive music collection and they're always glad to grant your musical requests and they seldom disappont you.

In my former postings about Hiroshima all the pics were taken during the daytime. For quite some time I wanted to take pictures of the A-bomb Dome or Genbaku Dōmu in Japanese at night. This building is the only left and tangible memory of the nuclear blast that hit Hiroshima in the morning of August 6th 1945. If you see pictures of the A-bomb Dome and it's surroundings short after the blast it's surprising how much of the building survived the blast, also if you know that the detonation was almost direct above the building.

I can't explain the strange and ambivalent attraction I experience at places like this. A very bloody and atrocious part of modern history was written here and no matter how often I visit here (and I visited here every time I went to Hiroshima) it never leaves me untouched and standing at this place always send some shivers up my spine. If you want to read about Hiroshima short before the dropping of the bomb and the effects on the city and it's survivors I can recommend the manga (comic) books about Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa based on his own experiences as a Hiroshima survivor.

Normally I would say enjoy the pics but at a place like this I guess that wouldn't be appropriate.
(click on the pics to enlarge)
Same as previous but now with special B/W settings

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Working on my template

For the regular visitor things might look a bit different. That's correct! I'm transferring my old Blogger template to a new one. The lay-out is not suppose to change that much. It's basically to be able to use all kinds of new functions within the new template, which wasn't possible with the old one.

Between now and the next few days returning visitors might notice some differences. But now you know why.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's been awhile (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra)

Dear visitors,

A little bit longer than planned, but I'm back again. Not that I've been away. I didn't left the country. Just took some leave from blogging for an unspecified amount of time. I had enough things/subjects to blog about, it was just a matter of other things on my mind, lack of energy, focus etc...

But little by little I was getting back in the mood again to start blogging. Last weekend my wife N. and I went to two concerts by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (TSPO), last Friday and Korn, last Sunday. At TSPO I made some pictures and shot one video with my newest aquisition, a Panasonic TZ10.

For a more extended report and for the videos I would like to refer to my music weblog BrownNoiseMusic.

The pics from TSPO you can find below. Enjoy!

(click on the pics to enlarge)

Friday, February 12, 2010

A little more patience

As visitors might have noticed, things have been very quiet the past three months around here. Due to family circumstances (after a short sickbed my mother passed away last december, one month after we came back from Japan) I took some compassionate leave from blogging.

Things are slowly getting back to our normal daily routines. I probably will start posting again within one or two weeks. So please a little more patience. I'll be back soon.

Bye for now.