Thursday, January 29, 2015

Street Scene, Casks Kyoto 1966

Street Scene (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Casks (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Some of these older photos I remember taking, but some I don't. Like the above.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kids, Japan 1966

Kid Throwing (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Kids, Ditch (Okinawa) - Japan  1966
Some Nikon F black and white street photos.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Steps, Shrine 1966

Steps (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Shrine (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Kyoto in 1966, in these scenes looking much the same as it does today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Cat Blogging

Lady, Cat (Kyoto) - Japan 1966

Cat was scampering away, but she managed to catch up and snag it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Katsura Gardens

Katsura Villa (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Garden Detail (Kyoto) - Japan  1966

Outside of Kyoto. On my way back from Okinawa I cleverly managed to route myself through the main island of Japan, spending a week in Kyoto.

The above photos were taken with a Nikon F film camera. Compare to a somewhat similar subject taken last year in Tokyo using an Olympus digital camera.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Turkish Bath 1966

Turkish Bath (Okinawa) - Japan  1966
". . . the pleasant place . . ."

Somewhat cryptic messaging.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Boy, Tatami Mats, Okinawa

Boy (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

Tatami Mats (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

Photos taken during my language visits in Okinawa. A very traditional house, with tatami mats.

Per Wikipedia: "Houses built in Japan today often have very few tatami-floored rooms, if any. Having just one is not uncommon."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cemetery, Okinawa

Cemetery (Okinawa) - Japan  1966
So . . . is this the cemetery seen in yesterday's photo? I like to think that it is.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Forest Scene, Okinawa

Forest Scene (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

While I was stationed in Okinawa I started to study the Japanese language. Somehow I got in touch with a Okinawan resident about my age (can't remember how) for the purpose of exchanging language skills. (Needless to say, his English was far superior to my Japanese.) On the weekends I took a bus to a particular stop outside of town and walked to his house in the country. I could be wrong, but this might have been the scene: a forested hillside with haze in the distance, some clothes drying and an overgrown cemetery down at the bottom.

Then again, maybe not!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Okinawa Barracks

Barracks (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

A hot, humid afternoon. Hazy sunshine and indistinct clouds high overhead. Taken on the weekend.

All the above is pure speculation, of course. Don't remember this one at all.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Cat Blogging

Cat, Tatami Mat (Okinawa) - Japan  1966
Taken in Okinawa. I was stationed there from 1964 to 1966. This was at a friend's house; we were trying to exchange language skills.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pampas Grass

Pampas Grass (Okinawa) - Japan 1966

Pampas Grass, Clouds (Okinawa) - Japan  1966

Taken in Okinawa, year somewhat uncertain, although I'm labeling them as made in 1966.

I was using a Nikon F film SLR camera, with 50mm and 135mm lenses.

(I recently discovered some unscanned slides with Okinawa and Kyoto locales. Maybe I should wait until next year to post them, since then they'll be 50 year old photos. Oh well . . . I'll just do some reposting.)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Melrose Avenue #49: Mannequins

Mannequins - Los Angeles  2014

After hours on Melrose.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Civic Center

Berries, Civic Center Spire - Marin County  2014

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Earlier photo of spire here, with some interesting comments.