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Very sad news.
I am writing to inform you of the tragic passing of my father Andy, better known as Filmus Monochromus. His death was due to cancer and was quick and peaceful.
I thank you all for the love and support you have shown my father through the years and i…
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Chofu, June 2014
Rollei Prego90 / Delta3200
Received this camera from #kaiwasoyokaze some time ago. Thanks again! Nice camera. Now loaded with HP5 in a Tri-X can to get DX right.
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Morning View from Starbucks.
Earlier this year, as I sat drinking a dark unidentifiable beverage with the taste of burnt charcoal and none of the subtle flavors of a good coffee, I thought about my just completed morning commute. Then I became confused.
Every morning, I—-like many folks in Tokyo—-leave one hour or more earlier than necessary for work in order to avoid rush hour which begins at about 7. Then we hang out in coffee shops or cafes until starting time.
For some reason, we don’t view riding trains packed up to 200% capacity during rush hour to be fun or especially efficient like we read from those who do not have to ride such trains every workday for 10, 20 or 30 years. We don’t get as excited as some visiting politicians who dream of doing something similar for their cities or countries. Perhaps they like it because it would get all the riff-raff off their streets so that their limo could get to the office without interference or delay. Good Lord, a lobbyist might be waiting for them.
Most don’t think that photos from inside a packed rush hour train are art or even slightly interesting, for we know that if you can get any camera out and take a photo, then you ain’t likely on a crowded train. (I suggest the Denentoshi/Hanzomon line from Kanagawa prefecture during the morning rush hour.)
Of course the trains aren’t the only reason we go early. We go early to avoid the dangerously over-crowded station platforms, most of which have nothing between the platform and the oncoming train, so nearly everyday there are delays due to human/train accidents. Nearly every damned day. *
I thought I’d google for an answer to my conundrum, but I couldn’t connect to Starbuck’s notoriously weak Wi-Fi. So, as I went back to my charcoal water and leather-tough, flavorless donut shaped breakfast thingy. I concluded that it must be another Japan that I so often read about.
*A friend who works for the government once told me that nearly every day he reads of someone falling, being pushed, or jumping from platforms. “Never stand close to the edge and always be aware of what’s going on behind you,” he warned. In fact, he won’t even stand at the front of a waiting line.
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