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Less silly things

Less silly things

I always try to 'be simplicity'...I just find things simpler that way. Today's configuration: Portra 400 film shot with a Leica M6-J with Noctilux 50mm f/0.95, Summilux 35mm f/1.4 and Summilux 21mm f/1.4

Picaggol in Jiyugaoka

Picaggol in Jiyugaoka

I love all of the levels out behind Shibuya Station.  A very cool maze of highway overpasses, foot bridges, many lines of traffic and elevated train lines (behind me in this photo).  It is amazing to see how complicated and intricate all of this is yet works at the same time.   Take a minute and take notice of the excessive use of traffic cones.   Think of this like one of those 'Where's Waldo' pictures.

There are more cones than you might initially think...

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

OK...have a look at this one.   It's crazy how many cones they are using.   The longer you look the more you see...

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

The famous Shibuya Crossing.  People can't image how many people cross when the light changes.  I read once it was more than 3,000 per light change.    Here is an arial shot to give you can idea of the scale...

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Look at the crowd waiting to cross.   This is one of 4 places to cross...

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Wait a minute...go back to the last photo.  What was that guy doing in the top right on top of the Black Van?    Wait no one else seems to see him or seems to care?

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Thankfully he has a PA system to spread his message.  Something about 'Banzai Emperor'?  His message is to reinstate the Emperor as the supreme ruler of JapanLand.    People sometimes forget that I live in a country that is ruled (figuratively) by an Emperor who lives in a castle surrounded by a moat.  It can be a strange place at times...

Then he turned to his left and stood at attention!

Right Wing Speech in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Right Wing Speech in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

I love that I live in a city where I can just stumble upon these scenes as they unfold...  A parade of people helping him to spread his message of returning the Emperor to power.    Banzai Emperor!

Last year I bumped into this same group standing off with the Tokyo Riot Police.

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Purify... pu·ri·fy

v. pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing, pu·ri·fies v.tr. 1. To rid of impurities; cleanse. 2. To rid of foreign or objectionable elements. 3. To free from sin, guilt, or other defilement. v.intr. To become clean or pure

Typically this is a word I reserve for speaking about what I would like the bottler of my water to do to the water prior to selling it to me.     This?   Not sure this is such a great idea...

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Right Wing parade in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Onto less silly things like Pie...

Pie in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Pie in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

A proper use of cones.   Well done!

Proper use case:  Coning off the dirt so no one trips over the dirt pile.

Improper use case:  Blocking every open parking space with a cone so you can ask the parker how long they want to park for.

Cones in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Cones in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Traffic Lights in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Traffic Lights in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Ah my trusty Popeye Camera.   Just a few more years and the guy behind will remember my name...

"ah, it's Kevin, right?"

"It's Jim...name...your name...your name Jim?"

"Michael-san ですか?"

"etoh... what's your name again?"

I just say 'yes' to whatever name he asks me now...

Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

Popeye Camera in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, Japan

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