Latest videos for Sept. 2008

Here are my latest video clips at YouTube. All of them have corresponding photo sets as well.

Koka Ninja House, Shiga
Tsukiji Fish Market for the squeamish
Tsukiji Fish Market Tuna Auctions
Gifu Nagara River Ukai Cormorant Fishing
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival
Yuki-Saiden Rice-Planting
Taga Taisha Rice-Planting
Kitamachi Awa Odori Dance
Nakamurabashi Awa Odori Dance
Inagi Awa Odori Dance
Kagurazaka Awa Odori Dance
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2008
Imazu Jr. High Rowing Club
3rd Imazu Regatta
Miidera Temple Bell
Nagahama Castle & Hokoen Park sakura

More videos here…

PhotoMaps deleted

PhotoMaps has been deleted. It had maps showing where camera shops, photo galleries, etc., were located in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

However, the maps were quite old, and some (or much) of the info was out of date. Sorry that I never got around to updating or expanding the maps. If I ever do update them, it will be with an online map like Google Maps (if they ever provide a good online map of Japan in English).

Latest images/videos for Feb. 2008

Over 18,000 images of Japan online. Here are the latest:

Tokyo Marathon 2008
Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, Fukushima
Byakkotai, Aizu-Wakamatsu – Graves of samurai who committed seppuku
Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima
Shibata Castle, Niigata
Niigata city
Agano, Niigata
Zuiryuji Temple, Takaoka, Toyama
Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Battledore Fair, Asakusa
Akihabara, Tokyo
Tokyo Anime Center
Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya, Tokyo
Hama-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Shiba-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo
Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Tokyo
Rikugien Garden in fall, Tokyo
Kameido Tenjin Chrysanthemums, Tokyo
Sengakuji Temple & Gishisai, Tokyo
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and Yokozuna Rikishi Monument, Tokyo
Matsuo Basho, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Gokokuji Temple, Tokyo
Nihon Minkaen (Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum)
Komae, Tokyo
Robotics Expos 2007
Aoyama Cemetery, Tokyo
Ii Naosuke, Hikone
Indigo dyeing, Shiga
Kita-Biwako Steam Locomotive, Shiga
Egypt Pavilion, Shiga
Nagahama Hachimangu Shrine, Shiga

Tokyo Marathon 2008
2007 International Robot Exhibition
Sotobori Canal Trains & Cherries
Lake Hyo ducks and whooping swans
Asakusa Hagoita Battledores
Asakusa Yabusame Horseback Archery
Robot boxing match
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2007
Hikone Castle Moat Boat Ride
Taga Taisha Lantern Festival
Kita-Biwako Steam Locomotive train
Rowing Lake Biwa
Goshu Ondo dance
Hikone Castle Bell Time-Keeping Bell ringing

More videos…

What’s New for Nov. 2007

Japan & Hawaii

I have finally started to write a series of photo essays and articles about these two places to which I’m deeply rooted.

Japan and Hawaii seem to have been made for each other–A match made in Heaven. I enjoy and relish the historical and current relationship and affinity between these two “forever friends.”

In 1881, King David Kalakaua visited Japan for 19 days and was befriended by Emperor Meiji. In 1885, Japanese immigrants began to arrive in Hawaii in large numbers. By 1924, over 200,000 Japanese immigrants came. Their descendants reached the highest levels of government and business.

From the 1970s, the second invasion of Japanese came in the form of tourists. Compared to local Japanese-Americans, these authentic Japanese at first looked, well, different.

Then since the 1990s, the hula has became very popular in Japan with both elderly and young women learning how to hula.

To those of us with roots in both Japan and Hawaii, these developments have been nothing short but astounding. With this continuing series of articles and photos, I shall celebrate and honor the Japan-Hawaii connection and my own heritage.

Hokule’a in Yokohama
Hokule’a Canoe Tour

Robert Walker Irwin
-Hawaiian Minister to Japan
Ikaho Hawaiian Festival

Hula in Hawaii
Cazimeros in Japan
Making Yokaichi Giant Kite
Taga Taisha Lantern Festival
Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival 2007
Rowing Lake Biwa
Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yoiyama
T. Enami

More articles and photos related to the Japan-and-Hawaii connection will come later.

Also, during Sept. and Oct. 2007, parts of our site (especially NewsZONE and iStore) were not working due to server upgrades causing incompatibility. Sorry for the inconvenience. Everything is working now.

Latest images for May 2007

Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Procession
Shibazakura Moss Pink, Chichibu
Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival
Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, Tokyo
Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka
Sanno Festival, Tokyo
Asakusa Yabusame
Meoto-Iwa Wedded Rocks, Mie
Arakawa Shizen Koen Park, Tokyo
Tonogayato Garden, Tokyo
Senzoku-ike Pond, Tokyo
Kiyosumi Teien Gardens, Tokyo
Fukagawa-Edo Museum, Tokyo
Shinagawa-juku, Tokyo
Ontakesan, Tokyo
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama
Yokota Air Base Friendship Festival
Sugamo, Tokyo
Hie Shrine, Tokyo
Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tokyo
Ryogoku, Tokyo
Shinagawa Jinja Shrine, Tokyo
Tamagawa Josui, Hamura, Tokyo
Gotanda, Tokyo

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