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Reflections in the Aratama

Published By: John on 01/04/11
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image Taken from the Shin Yokohama Doori bridge over the Aratama River near Okanomachi in Yokohama.

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Why isn't there a year of the lion?

Published By: John on 01/02/10
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The Word Works New Year card for 2009. The model is granddaughter Fiona, the copy by Aono Yoshiko, and the design and layout by Ruth McCreery.image

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Yokomizo Yashiki

Published By: John on 06/14/06
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Yokomizo Yashiki, now a designated Yokohama cultural property, is a complex of farm buildings from the early to mid nineteenth century.
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The Yokomizo family were the headmen of their village and had a very substantial property, which their heirs donated to Yokohama.
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The city has restored the five surviving buildings—the gate (with built-in storerooms, shown here), the handsome main house, a separate building for raising silkworms, a granary, and a document storehouse—and opened them to the public as a park/history museum. The interior is preserved to show what farm life (farm life on the high end of the scale, to be sure) was like in the past.


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In addition to touring the main building, Yokohama residents are welcome to rent its sitting room for events.

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Seedpod

Published By: John on 06/07/06
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This is what I was photographing when John caught me in the act.image

Taken just outside a hotel on the Pacific Ocean side of Chiba Nov. 6, 2005. I have no idea what the seedpods are.

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VoteFromAbroad Koinobori

Published By: John on 05/19/06
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May 5 was both Children’s Day in Japan and the launch date for the new Democrats Abroad voting assistance site, http://www.VoteFromAbroad.org. image

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Photographer at Work

Published By: John on 05/16/06
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Ruth absorbed in shooting an interesting plant.image

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