Sunday, February 8, 2009

Josh and I join Hippie Commune

Josh's new friend, Mike, invited us out into the country to witness a local farming community's miso-making get-together.
What a different look at the Japanese! These weren't the quiet, elderly farmers I was expecting. They were a young group holding to a rather hippie lifestyle--many musicians, photographers, and artsy folk among them. This group was in total contrast to the more formal, reserved Japanese that we see in our day to day outings off-base. As you might expect, no one was bothered at all by our presence, which made it easy to stand on the sidelines and simply watch and take pictures.
I'll leave the rest of the story-telling to the pictures. Enjoy!

Mike is the guy on the right. He's retired Air Force and teaches photography at the Arts and Crafts center on base (he's teaching Josh how to develop his own film in the lab there) and also teaches English off-base. He's been in Japan for 20 years. His wife is Japanese and they both live off-base.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I took some shots at the Far East Mini Club meet today then spent some time editing a few of the shots. The two at the bottom are my favorite. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Josh drew out the design--and I made it happen in Photoshop.
I tried to upload the business card we came up with, but it won't upload.
Still, I think this would make a sweet logo for the Far East Mini Club that Joshua is now a co-founder/member of.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Air's Talkie Walkie is THEE soundtrack to my life right now: 3 tracks in particular:
Mike Mills
Alone in Kyoto

All of these songs capture the mood of the moment here in Tokyo.

Three from the zoo; two from our Apt. balconies