Toto, I’ve a feeling we aren’t in Tokyo anymore

It looks like it was the wrong time to get my blog rolling, what with a move halfway around the world rapidly approaching. But I had my reasons.

A lot has transpired in the past few months, but I won’t bore you with the details.

My frustrations with DeviantArt grow by the day. For a long time it has become apparent that the business decisions that are being made to run the site are made in a vacuum, with no concern for the paying customers of the site. And when feedback is given, it’s brushed aside or ignored completely. That’s definitely not a business that I can continue to support financially.

Any more than returning to a restaurant where the manager spits in your food before serving it. And when you point out that fact to him, he does it again.

But enough of that.

Our last full weekend in Tokyo and I got the shot that I really wanted to get the few years that I was there:

 

Umbrella Procession

I was extremely lucky to get this shot. Right in the middle of Meiji Shrine in downtown Tokyo. The crowd parted perfectly to let this wedding procession through. I happened to be in the right spot at the right time. I can’t wait to get a print of it on my wall.

It was always fun to sit in the shrine and wait for the weddings. This time, I lucked out and got up close to get shots like this of a bride in her traditional kimono:

New Bride - Old Wood

 

Golden Tabi

Imagine my surprise when she started whispering, in English, to her gaijin husband. She was complaining that she couldn’t possibly smile any more and that the sweat was pouring down her back. She was surprised when I laughed.

Just a few short days later, we were on a plane back to the United States. Not what we wanted, but we have to go where the work is. On our way back we stopped overnight in Seattle. Great city, from what we could see during our brief stay.

 

Purple Needle

We were amazed by the synergistic architecture of the Space Needle and the Experience Music Project, as well as the grooves laid down by the street performers just a block away from the Pike Place Fish Market:

 

Feel the Groove

After a short 20 hours in Seattle, we were on the plane again to our destination, which looks nothing like Tokyo, with clean air, blue skies and trees:

 

Not in Tokyo

The culture shock was pretty intense. It had been a couple of years since we had been back to the US and we honestly hadn’t missed it. We were quite comfortable and content in Japan. But we’ve slowly made the transition and are getting used to our surroundings.

We even got back into old routines, including spending last night wondering how long the tornado warnings would continue.

We must be over the rainbow.

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