This Photo of the Week (POTW) is from the previous biennial 17th Nagoya Motor Show. Here, a model introduces a Suzuki concept car. The Nagoya Motor Shows starts this Thursday (12th Dec) and finishes Sunday (15th Dec). This show ought to be considered significant, especially as Nagoya is the home and heartland of the Toyota Motor Company and its parent company, sister companies, and subsidiary companies. This central region makes a large portion of Mitsubishi cars, and the components that are sold for the assembly of Honda, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, GM, and many other international brands. However, the Nagoya Motor Show little reported internationally and I’ve seen no effective coverage of it on the internet media, and is overshadowed by the Tokyo Motor Show… yet.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the 28th Nagoya Foreign Artists Exhibition held at the Nagoya International Centre, on until 5pm Sunday. I’ll have The Cone Species: Beautiful City on display. There’s also lots of other great art works on display, too. For more info, see previous FAE28 blog posts.
This Photo of the Week relates to the new bill that allows censorship of the media in Japan. Journalists could face prison for publishing anything that could be (even vaguely) related to national security. This has been reported in the media at places like the BBC, Japan Today, the Korea Herald, and The Straits Times, among others. What is interesting, there has been little follow up on this story. In fact, The Straits Times’ story is about how the bill is set to pass, but as of a few days after the fact, they have not announced the bill had passed. The Australian ABC does not have a story on the issue at all. For more information you can see the Wikipedia Censorship in Japan page, but ironically it appears out of date. Finally, few days ago I made an announcement the media secrecy bill on this blog.
For this photo, and others like it, see the Media in Japan gallery.
The Cone Species: Beautiful City has been set up at the Foreign Artists Exhibition. As said in the previous post, FAE28 is open to the public from Tuesday 3rd to Sunday the 8th December. This year, there are many great and interesting works of art on display, so do check it out if you’re in Nagoya. I’m not sure exactly when I’ll be there, but probably Wednesday and / or evening, maybe Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Also, just to remind you, this is not representative of my repertoire, but do take a look at my 500px, PhotoShelter, and my agent’s portfolios for more of my work.
The Japanese LDP led Diet has passed a bill that allows both media censorship and criminal charges and imprisonment for journalists. This is despite strong opposition including 77% of the public disapproving (Japan Times). Fortunately, it still has to be approved by the upper house.
It’s one of those sad days when a democratically elected government tries to hide their goings on from their people. They’ll be able to hide their mistakes, exploit the voters ignorance, and act with near impunity. No government should ever be allowed to criminalise at whim reporting to the public by a “free press”. Please show your opposition to this horrendous bill: http://www.avaaz.org/en/days_to_save_our_rights_to_know_d_eng/. For this photo, and other Japanese media related photos, see the Media in Japan gallery.
It was a last minute decision to enter the Foreign Artists’ Exhibition (FAE28). This year’s entry is called “The Cone Species: Beautiful City”, based on my recent Flickr collection. The set up day is this Sunday 1st December, and is open free to the public from Tuesday 3rd December to Sunday 8th December. It’ll be open from 10am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. FYI, I’ll be tweeting with #FAE28.
This Photo of the Week is of a great model I worked with recently. You’ll have seen her in previous POTWs, but not as relaxed. However, it’s a little cooler now than what it was when this photo was taken, but just imagine a warmer late afternoon sun in the early autumn. For this photo, and others like it, see my PhotoShelter portfolio, and my agent’s website.
Here, my two favourite models are working together on this travel themed shoot. I met them in Osaka a couple of weeks ago and made these travel photos at Tenjin Shrine in central Osaka. The shrine is a nice little shrine with a history of only a thousand years or nearly two. The shrine is also host to the annual Tenjin Festival that I shot back in July. For this photo, and others like it, see my PhotoShelter galleries.
It’s the season to be shopping… err… to be merry? Until 31st December 2013 all photos on my PhotoShelter portfolio are 10% off, but with a USD$20 minimum purchase. There are photos available for news, editorial, commercial, advertising, and more. Most photos are available for immediate download (after purchasing), gallery quality prints, products (inc. mugs, mouse pads, and more), personal use (inc. non-commercial blogs), rights managed and a few for royalty free purchasing. There are model-released photos of Japanese and Caucasian models, too. Hang on, I’ve not finished the list yet. There are also photos of Cambodia, Hong Kong (well, just the airport in transit), Australia, South Korea, and Poland.
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