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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Pet food


In Tokyo pet food is available from a pharmacy. Well I have seen stranger things - for example many pharmacies in the UK sell junk food and sweets.

Posted by bigblue on 24/11/2015 at 08:40 PM
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Monday, 16 November 2015


This is the Shinto (and Japanese mythological) god of thunder Raijin, on the “thunder gate” of the Sensō-ji temple in Tokyo.

Posted by bigblue on 16/11/2015 at 03:06 AM
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Sunday, 15 November 2015
Temple roofs


This is at the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple, in Tokyo. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo’s oldest extant temple.

Posted by bigblue on 15/11/2015 at 05:18 PM
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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Good morning Tokyo


As the week has progressed the weather is getting more pleasant.

Posted by bigblue on 12/11/2015 at 11:33 PM
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Monday, 09 November 2015
Bicycle parking in Tokyo


A good use of roof space.

Posted by bigblue on 09/11/2015 at 01:43 AM
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Sunday, 08 November 2015
Night falls


In a city that never sleeps, after a miserable dull afternoon. I will have a short nap before going out for dinner.

Posted by bigblue on 08/11/2015 at 08:47 AM
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Sunday, 07 August 2011
Hiroshima Day

Yesterday, 6th August, was Hiroshima Day.

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

Link: Isao Hashimoto, who writes about “1945-1998” ©2003/:

This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second.  No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier.  The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted.  I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.

(via Dean Whitbread).

Posted by bigblue on 07/08/2011 at 10:09 PM
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Thursday, 03 February 2011
Al Wajajah


This is a photograph of a desert sunset near the Oman/Dubai border, which I took just over five years ago. I took it at the border post between the two countries, 90 minutes drive from Dubai city and 3 hours drive from Muscat, the capital of Oman. I wrote about the eventful border crossing here.

Incidentally, Happy New Year - the year of the female iron rabbit!

Posted by bigblue on 03/02/2011 at 07:51 PM
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