HIROSHIGE AND VAN GOGH

HIROSHIGE AND VAN GOGH
Read About Van Gogh's Secret Visit to Japan

WELCOME TO BLOGABOUTJAPAN

WELCOME TO BLOGABOUTJAPAN
IT WAS A SPECIAL TIME IN MY LIFETIME

APT WITH TATAMI MATS, a special time in my lifetime in Japan...

APT WITH TATAMI MATS, a special time in my lifetime in Japan...
Watercolor by R.L.Huffstutter

COMPARISONS IN ART

COMPARISONS IN ART
HIROSHIGE'S WORK ON LEFT, VAN GOGH'S ON RIGHT

YOKOHAMA PICTURE SHOW

YOKOHAMA PICTURE SHOW
Shot with my Petri in Yokohama 1962

RICE FIELD IN JAPAN 1962

RICE FIELD IN JAPAN 1962
I took this with my PETRI in Kanagawa Prefecture

Sunday, December 30, 2012

MY FINAL POEM ABOUT ENOSHIMA By Robert L. Huffstutter

Upon waking on many mornings,
I am, for a moment, young again
and walking these ancient
stone steps of Enoshima,
alive with thoughts of a future
filled with the joys of
afternoon rains and time
for gentle romance.

We walk, hand in hand, her
smile so subtle, so sensual,
so full of the hope we had
for walking the steps of
stones of many nations
in our love affair that
began by chance, but
reality ends the dream
and I could cry, but no more tears
remain, just gentle rain and doubts
about how quickly dreams
disappear through the years.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A peek at the Colorado River

YOU know what angles to shoot from. YOU know how to capture the contrasts and lights just right. You have that special talent to capture whatever you are shooting in a manner that always keeps one looking. Great photo.

Back in the 60s, I was flying from east coast to San Diego on a MATS Constellation. The pilot gave us guys a great fly over and around this marvel. Awe inspiring. Never have seen it from the ground.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A SAYONARA MOMENT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME

A SAYONARA MOMENT THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME
When sailors depart, they usually have someone they love to share the moment of departure. How many of these overseas romances continue is subject matter for novels.

James Michener wrote one, "Sayonara" that says much about these departures.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

And the leaves that are yellow turn to red

When I look at your photo of the beautiful leaves, I remember the leaves of three Japanese autumns long ago. I have often asked myself why I left Japan, but I had no choice, my tour was over and it was time to board an old Liberty ship for my journey across the Pacific to my homeland.

The crossing took ten days and gave me time to reflect on how my life had changed during the years I had spent in the Kanagawa prefecture, an area very much akin to my state of Missouri. The ship sailed beneath the Golden Gate and into San Francisco Bay on my 22nd birthday. It was good to be home again, but there was so much I missed about Japan.

Yes, the leaves of Missouri also change colors in the Autumn, but there is something different about the leaves of Japan that reminds me my youth, a youth spent in Japan. Youth flees as quickly as the leaves change colors no matter where we happen to be.
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And the leaves that are... by kasa51

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SOMETIMES IT HURTS TO HURT...

SOMETIMES IT HURTS TO HURT...
When sailors depart, they usually have someone they love to share the moment of departure. How many of these overseas romances continue is subject matter for novels. James Michener wrote one, "Sayonara" that says much about these departures

SAYONARA--THE MOVIE

SAYONARA--THE MOVIE by roberthuffstutter
SAYONARA--THE MOVIE, a photo by roberthuffstutter on Flickr.

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Sayonara

original movie poster
Directed by Joshua Logan
Produced by William Goetz
Written by James Michener (novel)
Paul Osborn
Starring Marlon Brando
Patricia Owens
James Garner
Martha Scott
Miiko Taka
Miyoshi Umeki
Red Buttons
Ricardo Montalban
Editing by Arthur P. Schmidt
Philip W. Anderson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 5, 1957
Running time 147 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Japanese
Box office $22,000,115 (in U.S.)
Sayonara is a 1957 color (Technicolor) American film starring Marlon Brando. It tells the story of an American Air Force flier who was an "ace" fighter pilot during the Korean War.

Sayonara won four Academy Awards, including acting honors for co-stars Red Buttons and Miyoshi Umeki.

The film's screenplay was adapted by Paul Osborn from the novel by James Michener, and it was produced by William Goetz and directed by Joshua Logan. Unlike most 1950s romantic dramas, Sayonara deals squarely with racism and prejudice.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Plot
2 Cast
3 Production
4 Critical reception
5 Legacy
6 Awards
7 References
8 External links

[edit] PlotLloyd "Ace" Gruver, a major and the son of a U.S. Army general, is stationed at Itami Air Force Base (now Osaka International Airport) near Kobe, Japan. He falls in love with a Japanese entertainer (Hana-ogi) who is a performer for a Takarazuka-like theater company, whom he meets through his enlisted crew chief, Airman Kelly.

Kelly is about to wed a Japanese woman, Katsumi, in spite of the disapproval of the United States military, which will not recognize the marriage. The Air Force, including Gruver, is against the marriage. Gruver and Kelly have an argument during which Gruver uses a racial slur to describe Kelly's fiancee. Gruver eventually apologizes, then agrees to be Kelly's best man at the wedding.

Kelly suffers further prejudice at the hands of a particularly nasty colonel, pulling extra duty and all the less-attractive assignments. When he and many others who are married to Japanese are ordered back to the States, Kelly realizes he will not be able to take his wife, who is now pregnant.

Finding no other way to be together, Kelly and Katsumi commit double suicide. This strengthens Major Gruver's resolve to marry his own Japanese lover. When asked by a Stars and Stripes reporter what will he say to both the "big brass" as well as to the Japanese, neither of which will be particularly happy, Major Gruver says, "Tell 'em we said 'Sayonara.'"

The ending in the movie, however, differs from that of the book, in which Gruver says "sayonara" to his Japanese girlfriend and returns to the States

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The man who draws a picture

The man who draws a picture by h@jime
The man who draws a picture, a photo by h@jime on Flickr.

This photo was taken by Hajime Kenmotsu. I am reminded of my time in Japan back in the early 60s when I sketched at Yamashita Park and many other beautiful areas of Japan.

SO MUCH BULL

102-0229_IMG by Hog_of_Moldova
102-0229_IMG, a photo by Hog_of_Moldova on Flickr.

In today's world of politics, it can all be summarized by this photograph on Flickr by Hog of Moldova
102-0229_IMG by Hog_of_Moldova

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Miss Tokio Hosiery ad, 1927

Miss Tokio Hosiery ad, 1927 by Gatochy
Miss Tokio Hosiery ad, 1927, a photo by Gatochy on Flickr.

Miss Tokio Hosiery ad, 1927
Scanned from Taschen's "All-American Ads of the 20s".

Art Deco blog

Thanks to Gatochy

Sugiura Hisui, Colour litograph, 1927

Sugiura Hisui, Colour litograph, 1927
Celebration poster for the subway that goes from Ueno to Asakusa (downtown Tokyo) - the only subway train you see in East Asia... (Thanks to Paula Wirth for translating!)

Sugiura Hisui, "The Only Subway in the East". Colour litograph, Japanese, 1927.

Scanned from "Art Deco 1910-1939" edited by Charlotte Benton, Tim Benton and Chislaine Wood.

Art Deco blog.

Geisha 1900s

Geisha 1900s by UnklNik
Geisha 1900s, a photo by UnklNik on Flickr.

Geisha 1900s by UnklNik

Monday, November 19, 2012

VINCENT VAN GOGH'S SECRET VISIT TO YOKOHAMA

VINCENT VAN GOGH's ACCESS TO CAMERAS WERE LIMITED...but his friend, Abe Yamashita, managed to take the sets of photos he wanted for works if his time in the Orient became limited.

There were those in the government in Paris who were concerned about Vincent's presence in Japan once they learned he was in Yokohama. There were arguments, however, about Vincent's exact location and they knew that by the time they located him and tried convincing him to return, he could be off in some picturesque little inn near the Inland Sea.

Theo, however, was not too concerned; he knew that once his brother found the comfortable and serence place he liked, he wouldn't likely move for any reason. Unfortunately, Vincent said sayonara to Japan and sailed back to France.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Japanese Artiste

A Japanese Artiste by Jim (jaytay)
A Japanese Artiste, a photo by Jim (jaytay) on Flickr.

This headstone is in England where the young child was buried.

I followed the link provided by a friend.

What struck me was that this young girl was laid to rest far from her homeland. That is info pointed out by a gentleman who had been a POW. Follow the link and please read. It will create some emotions. Perhaps there are officials in Japan who would want to bury her in her homeland. It is a thought to ponder.

You will find the link by going to this image.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Everybody's touching it

Everybody's touching it by kasa51
Everybody's touching it, a photo by kasa51 on Flickr.

I will always favor the long, black hair of beautiful Japanese women. Nevertheless, I still think these young women are most attractive.
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Everybody's touching it by kasa51

Saturday, November 10, 2012

COAL MINERS IN WEST VIRGINIA WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HAD A FEW MILLION DOLLARS THAT WENT TO SOLYNDRA

COAL MINERS IN WEST VIRGINIA WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HAD A FEW MILLION DOLLARS THAT WENT TO SOLYNDRA
Coal miners in West Virginia and other states are not pleased that millions of taxpayer dollars were given (loaned) to a company to make solar panels. Coal miners are also not pleased that EPA is trying to shut down the coal mining industry when coal mining is the one industry that has given America the energy to become a great nation throughout the last two centuries.

"And now we are supposed to think that SOLAR PANELS are going to help us become an industrial nation once again?" This is a question that is being asked daily.

If there is one way to bankrupt a state, it is to shut down its industry, an industry with heritage, history and many family ties. Coal kept our ancestors warm and it keeps millions of Americans warm today.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tokyo: Ochanomizu

Tokyo: Ochanomizu by manganite
Tokyo: Ochanomizu, a photo by manganite on Flickr.

Thisphotograph by THOMAS LOTTERMOSER has had more than 25,000 views. Yes, it looks like a miniature creation of a popular area in Tokyo, but it is authentic. For Tokyo fans, this is a must-see. How much would a studio apartment cost?
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Tokyo: Ochanomizu by manganite

Monday, October 29, 2012

Shinmaruko, Kanagawa

Shinmaruko, Kanagawa by moominsean
Shinmaruko, Kanagawa, a photo by moominsean on Flickr.

From the moment I arrived in Japan in August of 1961, I was totally fascinated by the lifestyle of the Japanese. I fell in love with the buildings, the streets, the lanterns, and of course, the people. I developed a love for Japan that will remain in my heart as long as I live. There are memories of friends I love that still warm my heart, mind and spirit. I felt at home in Japan; I admired the Japanese character and propriety, their respect and polite attitudes. In my mind, Japan remains a memory that I would have missed had I not spent three years in Kanagawa area.

yOUR WORK...has a soul with heartbeats. I truly admire your work and find it difficult to stop viewing your work once I begin. Thank you for sharing your most unique talent and creative art through photography. Editor
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Shinmaruko, Kanagawa by moominsean

Saturday, October 27, 2012

residential - tokyo

residential - tokyo by xthylacine
residential - tokyo, a photo by xthylacine on Flickr.

I am always amazed at how much Japan has changed in the last 50 years. The USA has changed too, but not nearly like Japan. Whereas Japan has built new buildings and made much progress in infrastructure, America has let its cities crumble and fall.

Whereas Japan has added more and more trains, America has cancelled train routes. Whereas the crime rate in the USA grows higher and higher, Japan is the safest nation on earth.

I truly admire the Japanese and Japan.

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residential - tokyo by xthylacine

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WELCOME TO SAGAMI OTSUKA 1961

MUCH HAS CHANGED IN SAGAMI OTSUKA since this photo was taken in 1961.

WELCOME TO SAGAMI OTSUKA 1961 by roberthuffstutter

Monday, October 8, 2012

BLOGABOUTJAPAN: a blog by R.L.Huffstutter

THE YOKOHAMA HARBOR IN 1962, Photo by Robert L. Huffstutter with a Petri 35mm.

Eventually, it is my desire to have an exhibition of my photographs and watercolors of Japan sponsored by a Japanese company.

Would like for the exhibition to be in Yokohama and last for several months. Naturally, it would be great if the trip was financed by the sponsoring company. I believe with the right promotions, it would attract several million in attendance over two months. This could be a lucrative opportunity for all involved.

Robert L. Huffstutter

Sunday, October 7, 2012

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Untitled by owenfinn16
Untitled, a photo by owenfinn16 on Flickr.

This is one ship that has been anchored and then tied up to the pier for over 50 years. Looks like it is now maintained in top shape. Good to see it is still here
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Untitled by owenfinn16

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Untitled by owenfinn16
Untitled, a photo by owenfinn16 on Flickr.

HAVE YOU HEARD OF A STORE NAMED MORE'S IN TOKYO? IT DOESN'T MATTER, JAPAN IS SELLING MORE AND MORE OF EVERYTHING. Another cool photo by Owen Finn
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Untitled by owenfinn16

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Untitled by owenfinn16
Untitled, a photo by owenfinn16 on Flickr.

THE MYSTERY OF JAPAN REMAINS FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY THE ALLURE OF THE ORIENT. Another great image by Owen Finn.
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Untitled by owenfinn16

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lunch outside

Lunch outside by kasa51
Lunch outside, a photo by kasa51 on Flickr.

LUNCH OUTSIDE
This is a great photo with the couple ordering lunch, the graphics provided by the menus--it is a slice of life. Editor
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Lunch outside by kasa51

In their girlish day

In their girlish day by kasa51
In their girlish day, a photo by kasa51 on Flickr.

It is so good to see the girls still wear their uniforms. This is a photo full of genuine joy. Thanks for sharing this photo.

Friday, September 28, 2012

YEN WAS 360 PER 1 U.S. DOLLAR IN 1962, JAPAN

YEN WAS 360 PER 1 U.S. DOLLAR IN 1962, JAPAN
This receipt reflects the cost of an elegant dinner in yen when 360 YEN equalled one U.S. DOLLAR. FUJIYA HOTEL AT MIYANOSHITA,HAKONE,JAPAN. To summarize, the dinner was slightly over ten dollars

Thursday, September 13, 2012

WIEN COFFEE SHOP, YOKOHAMA 1962 & 1963

It was really only during my first few months in Japan that I traveled with my service buddies. I believe this was the case in most of our tours.

Once we became accustomed to the country and were able to find our way around, we found seperate interests and let our personal preferences be our guide as we met new friends.

Finding Japanese friends was not difficult. Youth our age, both male and female were anxious to befriend us and learn about American culture and the English language. On a typical Saturday, one could walk around Yokohama all day and never find a lonely moment.

The city parks were among the best spots for meeting Japanese friends our age. Most of us were in our late teens and early 20s, thus our new friends were in the same age range. I enjoyed the cultural exchange, the friendships.

However, Yokohama was full of small and intimate coffee shops where the atmosphere was created to give one a European mood or attitude. One particular cafe became a favorite and many of my Saturdays began there at noon when a beautiful young lady entered and walked toward my table. French music was always playing softly. I would stand to welcome her. In that era, there was no public hugs as there are today. There were hugs, for sure, embraces really, but they were reserved for intimate times when the time for mutual affection and romance became the focus of the meeting for awhile. Romance was a very personal and emotional event, at least that is how I recall romance so many years later. French music and the aroma of coffee will forever take my mind not to Paris, but to the Yokohama of 1962 and 1963. As one grows older, memories are meant to be recalled; they are reminders of our youth when our energies and dreams were part of our daily life. It is good to have memories that will create warmth in the mind and heart. In some ways, they are the rewards of a youth we do not regret, memories of times that probably were not meant to last a lifetime, but memories that are remembered for a special tenderness that we sometimes wish that lasted but didn't. Nevertheless, they were memories that made one recall youth and a foreign love affair very special. Only those who have experienced what I am speaking of can totally understand my feelings on this specific type of romance.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Untitled

Untitled by kloekloe
Untitled, a photo by kloekloe on Flickr.

One of the best Mt Fuji photos I have seen. Robert
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Untitled by kloekloe

Monday, August 20, 2012

長崎スナップ

長崎スナップ by * Yumi *
長崎スナップ, a photo by * Yumi * on Flickr.

長崎スナップ by * Yumi *

長崎スナップ

長崎スナップ by * Yumi *
長崎スナップ, a photo by * Yumi * on Flickr.

This is photo that reminds me of the Japan I remember when I lived in the Atsugi and Yokohama area in 1961 through 1963. I always loved the architecture of Japan, the narrow and picturesque scenes of the alleyways. I am glad I found your photostream through some mutual friends. Robert
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長崎スナップ by * Yumi *

Kurashiki style

Kurashiki style by -sou-
Kurashiki style, a photo by -sou- on Flickr.

GEOMETRIC BEAUTY OF JAPANESE ROOFS IS A MASTERPIECE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE

This photograph is one of the best I have seen defining the roofs of Japan. I find these roofs more than simply fascinating, but art of a unique genre. Thank you for sharing the joy of these views. Robert L.Huffstutter
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Kurashiki style by -sou-

Thursday, August 9, 2012

YasukuniShrine@Tokyo,Japan

YasukuniShrine@Tokyo,Japan by -sou-
YasukuniShrine@Tokyo,Japan, a photo by -sou- on Flickr.

ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST SACRED SHRINES.

YasukuniShrine@Tokyo,Japan by -sou-

(c) the essence of Japan

An oiled-paper umbrellaportrait of my Tower44+bubbles make beauty's minuteTokyo: OchanomizuTokyo after twilightGolden Bridge
Shinjuku EastChinatown, Chinese New Year's day 2008A canal of TokyoHungry?Tokyo PointsIn Jazz, You're Never Alone
Shizutani SchoolFive-storied PagodaToriiHimeji Boysjapanese writingPink cherry blossom branch in the upper Watarase River valley

(c) the essence of Japan, a gallery on Flickr.

I am anxious to return to Japan for several months to sketch, paint and shoot photos. It has been almost 50 years since I was last in Japan and it is time to return.

I am hoping to exchange some of my masterpiece paintings of Japan for 2 RT tickets to Tokyo on JAL.