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Cherry blossom by the torii gate at Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu. 1.4.14

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Cherry blossom by the torii gate at Kokura Castle, Kitakyushu. 1.4.14

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Olympus OM-40 // Kodak Ektar 100 // 11th April 2014
At Hakata Station, Fukuoka. Pigeons perched on power lines as, beneath them, friends and family, and even salary men, posed for pictures with a display of Doraemon statues at the front of the station. 
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Olympus OM-40 // Kodak Ektar 100 // 11th April 2014

At Hakata Station, Fukuoka. Pigeons perched on power lines as, beneath them, friends and family, and even salary men, posed for pictures with a display of Doraemon statues at the front of the station. 

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Title: A Fleeting Dream (HD Remaster) Artist: Nobuo Uematsu 297 plays

Outside the dream world, life can be harsh—even cruel, but it is life. -Auron

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 11th April 2014

In the centre of the large lake in Ohori Koen 大濠公園 sat two islands, strung together by stone bridges, connecting the length of the park. Fishing is only permitted in a small area. As such, that carp that live in the lake can grow to impressive sizes.

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 11th April 2014

The islands at the lake’s centre in Ohori Koen seemed to be a practice spot for musicians. A man with a guitar (pictured) sat serenading the lake. On the other side of the island, a woman held a shiny saxophone, with sheet music on a stand in front of her. 

She took a deep breath and began to play. I could tell that she wasn’t the most experienced player, that she’d come out here to practice, not perform. The rugged, but rhythmic, sound of her saxophone merged with the dulcet tones of the man on guitar, combining to create an usual cacophony of unrehearsed semi-melody.

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 11th April 2014

Gazing across Maizuru Koen towards Fukuoka. On all sides, high-rises, apartment buildings, and the forces of modernity towered over the forested foreground. I stood against the railing, the afternoon sun simmering my skin under my jumper. I sat down and took it off. And elderly man began speaking to a tourist, who turned out to be Korean and didn’t understand. The elderly man then tried miming what he had just said. The tourist simply smiled and nodded.

 

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 11th April 2014
Temporary Doraemon staue display at Hakata Station. Each statue was holding a different Doraemon gadget. All around me, families, friends, and even salary men were posing for pictures next to them. 
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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 11th April 2014

Temporary Doraemon staue display at Hakata Station. Each statue was holding a different Doraemon gadget. All around me, families, friends, and even salary men were posing for pictures next to them. 

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 8th April 2014

I reached train tracks and stopped at a level crossing. The barriers descended amidst the loud clang clang of warning bells. On the other side of the tracks, an elderly man stood patiently next to a silver car, wearing a baseball cap, jacket, tracksuit trousers and trainers. Classic uncle out-and-aboutwear. A boy on a bike approached the barriers in front of me. He took out his phone to take a photograph. Behind him, I had my camera out for the same purpose. The tracks rumbled. I clicked the shutter on my XA2 as a train flashed through the viewfinder. 

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014
A sunlit spring afternoon along the river in Kitakyushu. I followed the blossoms past a park, swimming pool, and tennis courts, where the sakura trees tracing the river ended as I reached the confluence.  
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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014

A sunlit spring afternoon along the river in Kitakyushu. I followed the blossoms past a park, swimming pool, and tennis courts, where the sakura trees tracing the river ended as I reached the confluence.  

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014
A break in the cherry blossoms on the approach to a school, along the river in Kitakyushu 北九州市, Japan. 
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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014

A break in the cherry blossoms on the approach to a school, along the river in Kitakyushu 北九州市, Japan. 

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 3rd April 2014Bridge over the moat at Kokura Castle 小倉城, Kitakyushu, taken from the balcony of the shopping mall across the way

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 3rd April 2014

Bridge over the moat at Kokura Castle 小倉城, Kitakyushu, taken from the balcony of the shopping mall across the way

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 3rd April 2014
Rain drops and cherry blossom petals were falling from the sky on this day at Kokura Castle 小倉城. 

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 3rd April 2014

Rain drops and cherry blossom petals were falling from the sky on this day at Kokura Castle 小倉城

Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014
The Kitakyushu Monorail sliding between sakura trees that lined the river. I stood for a while, waiting to take this photo. The gentle fizzing of the tracks warned me when the carriages were closing in, visible only for a second between the branches. My timing was (nearly) perfect, I think. Related photoJapan Travelogue
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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 7th April 2014

The Kitakyushu Monorail sliding between sakura trees that lined the river. I stood for a while, waiting to take this photo. The gentle fizzing of the tracks warned me when the carriages were closing in, visible only for a second between the branches. My timing was (nearly) perfect, I think. 

Related photo
Japan Travelogue

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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 1st April 2014
The canon on display at Kokura Castle, brushed and kissed and covered by the gently descending sakura petals.
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Olympus XA2 // Fuji Superia 100 (expired) // 1st April 2014

The canon on display at Kokura Castle, brushed and kissed and covered by the gently descending sakura petals.

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