Archive for February 19, 2011

Japanese Attack Anniversary

I happen to be visiting Australia this month, and today, I happen to have gone out to a small airfield in Temora, in country New South Wales. Temora was a major training base in the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) during World War II. At its peak, it was home to upto 94 Tiger Moth trainer planes, and over 2,000 student pilots passed through. Today, it is an ‘aviation park’ for hobbyists, and the home of the Temora Aviation Museum. During the aerial displays and fly-pasts an interesting fact was pointed out, that the 19th of February, 1942, was the very first time the Japanese military attacked the Australian mainland (see the ANZAC Day history website).

So, to commemorate the day I was lucky enough to photograph a Curtis P40 Kittyhawk, which became the main fighter aircraft in the Pacific in b0th the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF). Also below is the key founder of the Temora Aviation Musuem David Lowry AM, who flew the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII (pictured behind him). These photos need to be processed on my main computer when I get back home to Japan, which will be early March, following which they should be available on my PhotoShelter account by mid-March (2011).

Coming up this Spring

Coming up this Spring are a few important things. Firstly, a 10% discount for all purchases at my PhotoShelter portfolio with a minimum USD$25 purchase, unlimited use, until 30th March, 2011. Coupon code is: SUPERSPRING.

Secondly, the Spring Sumo tournament in Osaka has been cancelled due to match fixing allegations. It is the first time sumo had been cancelled since 1946, which itself was cancelled due to renovations to the Tokyo sumo venue. Here are my galleries, all eligible for the Spring 10% discount: Top wrestler, Hakuho, Sumo Spills, and general Japanese Sumo.

Thirdly, the Tado Horse Festival, is a Shinto religious festival intended to bring a good harvest for this coming growing season. If a horse can make it up the steep slope and over a mound-obstacle, then a good harvest is expected. Only after the event do the local farms begin sowing. The 10% Spring discount also applies to this PhotoShelter gallery.

That’s pretty much the main events that are coming up this Spring.