Archive | February, 2012

The typhoon season in Japan

14 Feb

Late summer – September sees Japan usually hit with destructive typhoons. Flimsy umbrellas are usually futile in holding back the torrential force of wind and rain. Part of japanese life, and often with deadly consequences.

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The Golden Arches – literally

14 Feb

I have seen a few of these uniquely designed McDonalds Restaurants around Japan, but never photographed one. This shot was taken from the car, but you can see that the Golden Arches design is central to the building’s design. I quite like it. Has a 60’s feel to it….

The Casey Stoner Garage – Japan MotoGP

14 Feb

This is a great shot of the Stoner crew going about their business the evening before race day. Shot at around 5:30PM on Saturday 1st October 2011. Parts a plenty ! Dovizioso’s crew can be seen at right

Giant inflatable Repsol Honda Motorcycle – Japan MotopGP 2011

14 Feb

Pictured at the MotoGP at Motegi in October 2011, this giant sized Repsol Honda looked kinda neat !

The public telephone in Japan in 2012

14 Feb

With the world seemingly reliant on the cellphone/mobile/ketei, are the days of the public telephone in Japan numbered ? Profits must be at an all time low, and I guess here in Japan, it is mostly tourists, or a select few who still seek out the public telephone.
Yes they can still be found at convenience stores, train stations, hospitals etc, but as this photo from busy Shinjuku JR Station shows, they often sit unloved. Ironically enough, the day after the big earthquake in March 2011, some areas saw many cell phone networks unavailable, and guess what ?!  People were queuing at public telephone boxes, relying on this once-loved form of communication to check on loved ones…

Capsule from Nakagin Capsule Tower Building – (1972)

14 Feb

The city of the future ! The Nakagin Capsule Tower Building, designed with replaceable capsules (completed in 1972), was the world’s first practicle application of capsule architecture. One of the actual capsules was recently on display in Roppongi and I thought it would make an interesting post !

 

 

 

 

China Southern Aircraft

14 Feb

This photo was taken one humid, early morning at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China.