Giant robot spiders

This year is the 150th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama. It is a pretty important event since it represents the opening of Japan to the world after many centuries of closeness during the Edo period. The Port of Yokohama was one of the first five ports of Japan that opened their traffic to international commerce in 1859.

The celebration is going to last for five months, there are going to be many events and temporary expositions around the port area in Yokohama. This is the website with all the scheduled events for the next months.

One of the first events of the 150th anniversary celebration was the arrival of two giant spiders from France created by the french group La Machine. The spiders have been walking around Yokohama during the last three days, it has been spectacular, these are some of my shots:

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider

LaMachine yokohama parade kumo spider


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Asakusa Samba

Two weeks ago I joined some friends and we went together to the “Asakusa Samba” festival. It is celebrated every year the last Saturday of August. It was interesting to see how Japanese people have adapted a Brazilian tradition. I’m always interested in how Japanese take foreign food, traditions, technology and adapt them to fit their necessities and to what they like.

The weather was really bad, we couldn’t take as many pictures as we wanted but maybe thanks to the rain we were able to take some interesting and unexpected pictures. For example, I took this picture when only one girl was coming towards me and all the other people on the horizon is watching the festival when a big balloon is passing by:

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I used Lightroom 2 to make some improvements and changes in these first three pictures. I love Lightroom, what software do you use for your pictures?

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culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba
Couple with a traditional umbrella.

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culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba

culosamba culosamba2008 asakusasamba samba
He is my friend Roberto Marquino taking a picture with his Rolleiflex.

This is one of the pictures taken by Roberto with his Rollei:

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The rest of the pictures, taken by everyone are collected in this flickr tag.

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iPhone queue in Tokyo

I went this morning with Dannychoo to check out the iPhone queue in the main Softbank store in Harajuku. It’s impressive, there is already people lining up for tomorrow! Did you get an iPhone today? will you wait? you don’t care about the iPhone? Here there are some pictures of the queue I took:

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Aoki, Haruhiko and Akira from Sony were almost at the end of the queue, I wonder why they don’t get a Sony-Ericcson phone 😉

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Danny is hiding a bunch of iPhones inside his armor. Btw, he is on CNN.

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I found Roy and Brad more or less in the middle of the queue, they are waiting since yesterday! I hope they get an iPhone, they looked really tired.

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In the background, very far away, if you look carefully you’ll be able to see Steve Jobs head, he was also lining up since yesterday 😉

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In his dream he can see an iPhone falling inside his bag

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The queue for tomorrow starts here.

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Check out more pictures and information about the iPhone 3G launch in Japan in Dannychoo’s blog.