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    There was a fire a few days ago, around 7:30 am. Three houses burned down, within a half an hour, and two people went to the hospital for smoke inhalation. No deaths, fortunately. I tried to imagine, without success, multiplying the fire by 1,000 fold, to witness an incendiary bombing.


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    There was a pre-season professional baseball game in Nagasaki, the Seibu Lions against the Hiroshima Carp. Nagasaki doesn't have a pro team, and so it was a nice day out for everyone. A lot of Carp fans, few Lions fans. A local Nagasaki boy, Ohsera-san number 14, pitched the first few innings, but got shelled in the first, giving up three runs.





    Asahi means "morning sun", and so of course it is OK to have a beer even though it is not quite noon:





    This little girl had by far the coolest gear of anyone in the stadium, Carp:





    I thought that Carp might be short for Ditch Carp, like Yankees is short for Yankees Suck, but no.

    American baseball is short on chopsticks:





    and takoyaki, octopus fritter balls:





    Alas, the hometown favorites, the Hiroshima Carp, did not seize the day, and lost 4-3:





    The first baseman was an American, Brad Eldred, and the third baseman from the Dominican Republic, Alejandro Mejia, who hit a home run. It was the first baseball game for my Welsh friend, Richard, and by the 8th inning he was able to stop cheering the foul balls.


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    A couple weekends ago we hiked to the top of the far mountain in the last photo above. It was a nice day and a lot of families were hiking. Here is the view from the top, the baseball stadium is almost exactly in the center of the photo:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Thanks for this thread. I sometimes get behind, but eventually catch up. I love the photos.
    Me, too.

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    Fantastic thread twodot.
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    Thank you very much all!
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    On the route to work:










    Artsy-fartsy:






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    The Japanese fans have a small band of trumpet players and drums, which play when their team is at bat. Each player has his own song, and the fans chant along with the band. The fans are silent when their team is pitching, but the other side band strikes up. The noise and atmosphere is more like a college basketball game in the USA.

    I haven't been to a game in the USA for many years, but I don't recall there being music other than the organ. I don't remember if the organ is silent during the pitch, home team or opposing.
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    How do you make something like this?


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    ^ First, you lay a brick wall... <grin>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wet Feet View Post
    Fantastic thread twodot.
    ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter K View Post
    Perhaps you could show some grittier pics that belie the the impression that they live with a refined aesthetic sensibility.
    Will do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    How do you make something like this?

    Here are color versions. My guess poured? The wall and gate was in a relatively affluent nook.




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    Just been watching this:
    In the final episode, Dr James Fox explores the art of the Japanese home. The clean minimalism of the Japanese home has been exported around the world, from modernist architecture to lifestyle stores like Muji. But the origins of this ubiquitous aesthetic evolved from a system of spiritual and philosophical values, dating back centuries. James visits one of Japan's last surviving traditional wooden villages, and the 17th-century villa of Rinshunkaku, and reveals how the unique spirit of Japanese craftsmen (shokunin) turned joinery into an artform - creating houses without the need for nails, screws or even glue.
    Exploring some of the traditional arts of the Japanese home (where even food and flower arranging have been elevated to the level of art), James also investigates attitudes to domestic culture in modern Japan, meeting photographer Kyoichi Tsuzuki, chronicler of Japan's crowded cities and tiny apartments.
    Other highlights include a performance by calligrapher and artist Tomoko Kawao and a visit to the hometown of Terunobu Fujimori, one of the most singular and playful contemporary architects working in Japan today.
    a part of a three programme series https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...ies-1-1-nature
    You have a lot to go at Twodot, but you are doing well
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    How do you make something like this?
    That is the question. Only part of the answer is technical.
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    What is the material?
    Assuming it is metal is it cast or forged?

    A tricky casting, maybe it's aluminum...

    I like it, whatever it is.

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    Thanks for that.....am enjoying this thread.
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    Tram home:




    Shrine detail:




    Holy camphor tree:






    Holy shiba inu:




    Holy blossom:

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    Design detail of the day:

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    Serenity now!

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    This photo is entitled, Serenity Now:


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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    This photo is entitled, Serenity Now:
    Baby steps. Baby...steps.

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    How about now?




    Now?









    Now?




    (^three photos from yesterday)
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    Ebisu?


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    Twodot, did you wait to see what he had hooked into?

    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Twodot, did you wait to see what he had hooked into?
    Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of the fish. It was about 10 inches long, perch-esque, with yellow at the tips of the fins.
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    A couple of fish:





    A couple of hippos:





    A couple of lanterns:





    A couple of colanders:





    A couple of dice:





    Lobsters:







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    Detail:





    More in my current spigot obsession:





    But no cigar shop:








    Paul McCartney:






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    Ebiso, Shinto god of fortune. Very good luck for you to meet him.



    Ebisu (恵比須, 恵比寿, 夷, 戎), also transliterated Webisu (ゑびす, see historical kana orthography) or called Hiruko (蛭子) or Kotoshiro-nushi-no-kami (事代主神), is the Japanese god of fishermen and luck. He is one of the Seven Gods of Fortune (七福神Shichifukujin), and the only one of the seven to originate purely from Japan without any Hindu or Chinese influence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Ebiso, Shinto god of fortune. Very good luck for you to meet him.

    He must be kind to children, because when one shows up, then all fishing stops while he explains the set up.
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    Wall hanging in a cafe:


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    Wow, twodot - they sure have different lobsters in Japan than we do around here... <grin>
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    Pottery shop:












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    For night fishing (maybe to attract squid):





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