It’s not that time year again… err… yet, but it is. Cherry blossoms, (桜, さくら, sakura) in my area are usually out in the second week of April, however, they were open in time for St Patricks Day, due to the unseasonally warm weather. The fully open flower below was taken just yesterday, however, the tree probably lost most of its petals today due to the heavy rain and strong wind. That’ll put a damper on this weeks cherry blossom parties (photo 1, photo 2). Tomorrow, and the rest of this week, is meant to be mild, so any trees that haven’t blossomed yet should be looking great.
Just for this season, I’m offering a 10% discount for this and other cherry blossom pictures on my PhotoShelter portfolio. Actually, any photo on my PhotoShelter portfolio. As per usual, conditions apply, USD$20 minimum purchase, offer for a limited time. Act now, before you forget, and share with your friends / colleagues. Coupon code: SAKURA2013.
This Photo of the Week is from the infamous Gion Kyoto. It is a huge tourist attraction, drawing in tens of millions of Japanese and foreign tourists annually. The highlight has been Kinkakuji or “Golden Pavilion”. However, I decided to show something that you can imagine yourself in… Gion and a rickshaw. You and your boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife / family / buddies can rent a kimono (each) and stroll around Kyoto as though you were a Gion resident a hundred years ago, take a rickshaw ride to see a blossoming plum tree, go to a restaurant or tea house, before returning to the kimono rental store, before having a night out on the town. See more Kyoto photos on my PhotoShelter portfolio.
This Photo of the Week was one taken last summer. It was taken on film, and as a double-exposure. It was then digitised complete with grain, dust spots, and other charisma. This series of photos Poem of a Cacophonous City is more in the art realm… than of poetry, but then poetry is also more in the art realm than something like a police report. Anyway, the point is that it will look great on cafe walls.
This series is meant to convey the business, the proximity, the noise, and general clutter of the city. However, this particular image is meant to convey a different kind of clutter. The spelling, or mis-spelling of the titles this particular picture has had include Ex-plain, Explane, and Explain. Essentially it toys with the idea that Nagoya, the city where this photo was taken, was a flood plain, or a delta, that was regularly inundated after each snow melt, where new sediment was deposited. Now, there are flood barriers, and in the last 40 years, the general Nagoya area has sunk about 20cm, and especially sinks during and after each shaking of the sediment from earthquakes. So, this former, or ‘ex’-plain had pretty flowers here once, and now it’s a city. But why put a city here? Explain to me, that. Especially because sedimentary plains shake more in earthquakes causing more damage, and the whole basin will be below sea level quite soon. Isn’t it a poor choice to have one of the richest cities of the world?