High above, the dawn is breaking.
This will be our last goodbye,
For the carnival is over,
I will love you 'til I die.
A POEM THAT FITS THE SCENE. SENT TO ME FROM A FRIEND,TRAM PAINTER...
Sunday, April 22, 2012
High above, the dawn is breaking.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
There was no such store as a Ben and Jerry store when I was in Japan. There was no Mc Donalds, but there were plenty of other great places to shop. I arrived at the old airport in August of 1961 via Pan American. I rode the bus through the streets, a delight because there was no freeway at that time. Within 4 hours, I was at Atsugi, reporting to my squadron, VQ-1, at NAS Atsugi. It was a great time, 28 months I shall never forget.
It was a sad day when I had to say Sayonara shortly after celebrating Christmas of 1963. Departing Yokosuka on the USS GENERAL MANN, I had plenty of time to contemplate a chapter of my life that had just ended---forever. We sailed beneath the Golden Gate on my 22 birthday and I was home at last, never to be the same again. My memories of my time in Japan are golden as I have just turned 70. Where did the time go?
Throughout my time in Japan, the exchange rate was Y=360 per 1 U.S. Dollar, a great rate for shopping. Robert
Ben & Jerry's by Alex12Ga
Friday, April 13, 2012
A MASTERPIECE BY LUCA KUN
We are on Roppongi Hills Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Tokyo, 56th floor.
The view walking all around the glass walls is amazing, theTokyo Tower brights in red and white in the middle of the galaxy of other small lights.
More than that, it's like magic, I would never come back down.
A nice soft music all around, and this magic moving view like hypnotic.
TEXT BY PHOTOGRAPHER LUCA KUN
Like viewing a field of gems and jewels sparkling in a city of immense beauty and unimanageable history. I could live the rest of my life in Tokyo just riding trains, stopping now and then to eat at the red lantern cafes. You have captured a masterpiece. By RLH
Thursday, April 5, 2012
TUTTLE BOOKS WAS FOUNDED BY CHARLES E. TUTTLE, A U.S. ARMY OFFICER ASSIGNED TO GENERAL MAC ARTHURS STAFF DURING THE OCCUPATION.
He arrived in Tokyo in October 1945, expecting to take charge of the library of the Diet of Japan (as he had been ordered), only to find that General Douglas MacArthur's staff had changed his assignment. He spent the next two years helping the Japanese newspaper industry.
Tuttle founded his publishing company in Tokyo in 1948, with the mission to publish "books to span the East and West."
Read the information furnished by Wikipedia for a more detailed account on the founding of TUTTLE BOOKS in Japan.
Many Saturdays in Yokohama began with a sketching jaunt to some new area I had not seen. After a few hours of sketching, we would usually shop or browse for books in one of several small book stores in the Motomachi area. I cannot really remember if any of the shops had the name TUTTLE on the signboards, but many of the books inside were published by Charles E. Tuttle of Vermont. I thought it strange that a publisher out of Vermont would be publishing books on and about Japan. My friend told me she had been aware of the Tuttle name in books since she first began studying English when she began elementary school in the early 1950s. English became a required course in the Japanese educational system throughout the post-war years and was still a required course in the early 1960s.
THE SHOGUN'S SCROLL BY STEPHEN F. KAUFMAN, PUBLISHED BY TUTTLE, a photo by roberthuffstutter on Flickr.
THE SHOGUN'S SCROLL BY STEPHEN F. KAUFMAN, PUBLISHED BY TUTTLE
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
FUJI FROM KASHIWABARA - A Sepia Dream in Soft Colors, a photo by Okinawa Soba on Flickr.
It's not April 1st anymore ? I guess that means I have to restore some order to the Japanese Universe after the devastation of my last post.
The above was taken at an oddly-lit time of day. The immediate foreground area seems to have been under some clouds, while distant Fuji-san is under a late-morning clearer sky.
Can you see the smoke rising in the distance on the far left ? Maybe a farmer is burning something, or perhaps they are making charcoal.
In any case, the effect is nice for the time of day. If any of your decide you want to re-blog the image, you are free to do your own brightness and contrast adjustments, or PhotoShop it into a whole new work of art.
FUJI FROM KASHIWABARA - A... by Okinawa Soba
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The exact date of Van Gogh's arrival in Yokohama is still uncertain. Searching through the records is time-consuming, thus an estimated date of arrival will be assigned after a bit more research. Van Gogh is the figure with the hat nearest the gangplank. This image gained through channeling and concentration.
After more channeling, it has been assumed that Vincent's voyage deposited him in Hong Kong, thus he had some time there to find passage to Japan. Through intense meditation, it has been found that his original sailing was from Hong Kong to Nakasaki where there was a substantial Dutch settlement. Because of Typhoons, the port for arrival was changed to Yokohama.
YOKOHAMA STREET SCENE 1880S
Imagine, for a moment, the unbelievable transformation of Yokohama from 1880 to 1980.
Imagine too, if Vincent Van Gogh, had, indeed, visited Japan secretly to gain a new perspective on life and to gain new subject matter. If Van Gogh had visited Yokohama, I doubt that he would have ended his life, but would have been transformed and would have been victorious over his depression and despondent state of mind.
One of Van Gogh's letters mentioning his depression, dated 22 January 1882
WHO IS SHE TEXTING OR IS SHE PLAYING A GAME? Does she know her train is approaching?
Thanks to Mr. Nihei for this photo of a beautiful young lady waiting for her train.
DSCI8000 by mr_nihei