December 29, 2014

TOKYO : Moon 26 - photography exhibition



Gallery Bar 26日の月
I was exhibited my solo photos at "Gallery Bar 26日の月" (Moon 26)
located in TAKADANOBABA, SHINJUKU about 10 years ago just before I had 
a stroke, 2004.  Moon 26 was a bar with somebody's exhibition periodically.  
I was lucky to be exhibited my photos unfortunately this place was 
closed on July 31st this year, 2014.











DESERT VIGNETTES
photography exhibition

May 16~31, 2004



aQuIaki  YAMADA





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Self Portrait, Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah, U.S.A.





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Blue Sky in the Desert, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.





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Saguaro and Clouds, Saguaro National Park
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.




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Spiral Petroglyph at Signal Hill, horizontal, Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.





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Spiral Petroglyph at Signal Hill, vertical
Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.




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Green River Overlook, Island in the Sky district, Canyonlands National Park
Utah, U.S.A.




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Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.





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Sunset over the Hills, near Monument Valley, Utah, U.S.A.





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Desert Plants, near Monument Valley, Utah, U.S.A.





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Lower Antelope Canyon, Spiral Rock Arches, the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park, PAGE, ARIZONA, U.S.A.




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Lower Antelope Canyon, The Corkscrew, the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park, PAGE, ARIZONA, U.S.A.




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Lower Antelope Canyon, Hasdestwazi, the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation
Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park, PAGE, ARIZONA, U.S.A.
The Indian Chief 



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The layers at the SUNSET on the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, U.S.A.





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West Mitten Butte in Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah, U.S.A.





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White House Ruins, Canyon De Chelly, Arizona, U.S.A.






aQuI_AKI  YAMADA  -  [ Desert Vignettes ]  -  Gallery Bar 26日の月 
May16~31, 2004


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December 22, 2014

ALBERTA : Crandell Lake - The cottonwood Canada

Crandell Lake (Alberta, Canada)


Crandell Lake occupies a beautiful alpine bowl wedged between Ruby Ridge, an outlier of 2,910 m (9,547 ft.) Mount Blakiston, and the west side of 2,378 m (7,802 ft) Mount Crandell.


Crandell Lake - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada



It is a fluff of cottonwood!
This fluff will carry the seeds by wind, Ryujo (柳絮) called.
It is  sometimes called in the gracious name.


The cottonwood fluff, Crandell Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada


Waterton Lakes National Park


Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton was Canada's fourth national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km2 (195 sq mi) of rugged mountains and wilderness.

Operated by Parks Canada, Waterton is open all year, but the main tourist season is during July and August. The only commercial facilities available within the park are located at the Waterton Park townsite. The park ranges in elevation from 1,290 metres (4,232 ft) at the townsite to 2,910 m (9,547 ft) at Mount Blakiston. It offers many scenic trails, including Crypt Lake trail. In 2012/2013, Waterton Lakes National Park had 402,542 visitors.

The park was the subject of a short film in 2011's National Parks Project, directed by Peter Lynch and scored by Cadence Weapon, Laura Barrett and Mark Hamilton.

American TV talkshow host David Letterman recommended the park on the Monday, 24 June 2013 episode of his nightly show. In an interview with Melissa McCarthy he told her, “when you go to Montana, you gotta' go North to Glacier ... and then dip-up into Waterton International Peace Park, it’s the Canadian part of Glacier National Park. It’s stunning.” The quotation was covered by several Canadian news outlets.


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J R Monterose - I Should Care "in action" (jazz)

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December 15, 2014

TOKYO : Memories of Summer

URBAN-STREET VIGNETTES



Yasukuni Shrine - 靖國神社


Daiichi Torii (Great Gate) 社号標・大鳥居


* As far as I issue on this topic, it is no concern of my politics, religions, and ideology.




Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社 or 靖國神社 Yasukuni Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Emperor Meiji and commemorates anyone who had died in service of the Empire of Japan, which existed from the Meiji Restoration of 1868 until the nation was renamed during the Allied occupation in 1947. The shrine's purpose has been expanded over the years to include those who died in the wars involving Japan spanning from the entire Meiji and Taisho period, and lesser part of the Showa period.


Great Gate and flag of Japan at half-staffon on August 15, Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo 


 The shrine now lists the names, origins, birthdates, and places of death of 2,466,532 men, women and children, including 1,068 war criminals; 14 of which are considered A-Class, leading to extreme controversies. The Honden shrine commemorates anyone who died on behalf of the empire, including not only soldiers, relief workers, factory workers, and other citizens, but also those not of Japanese ethnicity such as Taiwanese and Koreans who served Japan.

Foundation for the dead in the Boshin War and Meiji Restoration

We will continue to march to fit the trumpet
The site for the Yasukuni Shrine, originally named Tokyo Shokonsha (東京招魂社 "shrine to summon the souls"?), was chosen by order of the Meiji Emperor. The shrine was established in 1869, in the wake of the Boshin War, in order to honor the souls of those who died fighting for the Emperor. It initially served as the "apex" of a network of similar shrines throughout Japan that had originally been established for the souls of various feudal lords' retainers, and which continued to enshrine local individuals who died in the Emperor's service. Following the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, the Emperor had 6,959 souls of war dead enshrined at Tokyo Shokonsha. In 1879, the shrine was renamed Yasukuni Jinja. The name Yasukuni, quoted from the phrase 「吾以靖国也」 in the classical-era Chinese text Zuo Zhuan (Scroll 6, 23rd Year of Duke Xi), literally means "Pacifying the Nation" and was chosen by the Meiji Emperor. The name is formally written as 靖國神社, using obsolete (pre-war) ky?jitai character forms.

* Although Saigo Takamori, Eto Shinpei, and Maebara Issei made a contribution to the Meiji Restoration, they were   not enshrined because they revolted against the Meiji government after that.

* Among the enshrined are Yoshida Shoin, Sakamoto Ryoma, Takasugi Shinsaku, Nakaoka Shintaro, Takechi Hanpeita,   Sanai Hashimoto, and Omura Masujiro, who contributed to the Tokugawa shogunate's overthrow and the Meiji   Restoration during the Bakumatsu period in Japan. In contrast, the shrine does not enshrine the war dead of   shogunate retainers such as soldiers of the former Shogunate forces, Ouetsu-reppan alliance, Shinsengumi, and   Shogitai.




During World War II and the GHQ occupation period


Memorial event of war dead and old man
participating in the Yasukuni Shrine, August 15
By the 1930s, the military government sought centralized state control over memorialization of the war dead, giving Yasukuni a more central role. Enshrinements at Yasukuni were originally announced in the government's Official Gazette so that the souls could be treated as national heroes, but this practice ended in April 1944, and the identities of the spirits were subsequently concealed from the general public. The shrine had a critical role in military and civilian morale during the war era as a symbol of dedication to the Emperor. Enshrinement at Yasukuni signified meaning and nobility to those who died for their country. During the final days of the war, it was common for soldiers sent on kamikaze suicide missions to say that they would "meet again at Yasukuni" following their death. After World War II, the US-led Occupation Authorities issued the Shinto Directive, which ordered the separation of church and state and forced Yasukuni Shrine to become either a secular government institution or a religious institution independent from the Japanese government. Yasukuni Shrine has been privately funded and operated since 1946, when it was elected to become an individual religious corporation independent of the Association of Shinto Shrines. The GHQ planned to burn down the Yasukuni Shrine and build a dog race course in its place. However, Fathers Bruno Bitter of the Roman Curia and Fathers Patrick Byrne of Maryknoll insisted to GHQ that honoring their war dead is the right and duty of citizens everywhere, and GHQ decided not to destroy the Yasukuni shrine. Moreover, the Roman Curia reaffirmed the Instruction Pluries Instanterque in 1951.



Veterans and Yasukuni Shrine


Memories of Summer 

Yasukuni Shrine - 靖國神社




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東京都千代田区九段北3丁目1番1号

創建 : 1869年(明治2年)



3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo 
102-8246, Japan

Founded June 1869





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December 8, 2014

ALBERTA : Faucets - Waterton Lakes National Park


URBAN-STREET VIGNETTES



Close-up of  faucet、The Prince of Wales Hotel, "Pawoooo"



The Prince of Wales Hotel,  Alberta, Canada

Waterton Lakes National Park




 Light for the faucet at Sunset, The Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton Lakes National Park


The Prince of Wales Hotel

From Wikipedia

The Prince of Wales Hotel is located in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, overlooking Upper Waterton Lake, near the Canada-United States border. Constructed between 1926 and 1927, the hotel was built by the American Great Northern Railway to lure American tourists north of the border during the prohibition era. The hotel was named after the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), in a transparent attempt to entice him to stay in the hotel on his 1927 Canadian tour, but the Prince stayed at a nearby ranch instead.

The Prince of Wales Hotel enjoys the distinction of being the sole establishment among Canada's grand railway hotels to have been built by an American, as opposed to a Canadian, railway company. The hotel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada by the Canadian government in 1995.



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December 1, 2014

ALBERTA : The Prince of Wales Hotel - Canada


The Prince of Wales Hotel

From Wikipedia

The Prince of Wales Hotel overlooks Waterton Lake, Alberta, Canada


The Prince of Wales Hotel is located in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, overlooking Upper Waterton Lake, near the Canada-United States border. Constructed between 1926 and 1927, the hotel was built by the American Great Northern Railway to lure American tourists north of the border during the prohibition era. The hotel was named after the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), in a transparent attempt to entice him to stay in the hotel on his 1927 Canadian tour, but the Prince stayed at a nearby ranch instead.

The Prince of Wales Hotel enjoys the distinction of being the sole establishment among Canada's grand railway hotels to have been built by an American, as opposed to a Canadian, railway company. The hotel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada by the Canadian government in 1995.

Waterton Lakes National Park

From Wikipedia

Waterton Lakes National Park is a national park located in the southwest corner of Alberta, Canada, and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Waterton was Canada's fourth national park, formed in 1895 and named after Waterton Lake, in turn after the Victorian naturalist and conservationist Charles Waterton. The park contains 505 km2 (195 sq mi) of rugged mountains and wilderness.

Operated by Parks Canada, Waterton is open all year, but the main tourist season is during July and August. The only commercial facilities available within the park are located at the Waterton Park townsite. The park ranges in elevation from 1,290 metres (4,232 ft) at the townsite to 2,910 m (9,547 ft) at Mount Blakiston. It offers many scenic trails, including Crypt Lake trail. In 2012/2013, Waterton Lakes National Park had 402,542 visitors.

The park was the subject of a short film in 2011's National Parks Project, directed by Peter Lynch and scored by Cadence Weapon, Laura Barrett and Mark Hamilton.

American TV talkshow host David Letterman recommended the park on the Monday, 24 June 2013 episode of his nightly show. In an interview with Melissa McCarthy he told her, “when you go to Montana, you gotta' go North to Glacier ... and then dip-up into Waterton International Peace Park, it’s the Canadian part of Glacier National Park. It’s stunning.” The quotation was covered by several Canadian news outlets.


Glacier & Waterton Lakes National Park
Alberta, Canada

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