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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

The Dragon of Enoshima Cave

There is a legend that a dragon inhabits the caves of Enoshima Island. To bring the legend to life, the tourism board put a statue (complete with sound and lighting effects) in said cave.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Gifu Station

My work often takes me through JR’s Gifu station as of late. I must admit that I find myself liking the layout and overall design of the station, even if I can’t really say the same for the rest of Gifu.

The station features a huge courtyard and food court. The majority of the walkways leading from the station are elevated and covered, which makes traveling in not-so-great weather much easier.

It’s a much nicer station that the Meitetsu one, a couple of blocks away. Props to whoever designed it.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Nishio City

Another assignment I had this week took me to Nishio. It’s considered rural and is near Gamagori if I remember right. It’s famous for green tea, I was told by multiple people.

To get to my school, I needed to catch a bus at the train station. Having gotten there quite early, I popped into the tourist information and souvenir shop. The lady at the desk was excited to tell me all about the city, its tea, and asked me to one day consider moving there.

Then, while waiting for the bus, I struck up a conversation with an elderly couple. They had plenty of questions and were happy to chat until the bus arrived.

At the bus stop, there was this cute little statue welcoming people to the city. If you’re ever in the area, I would recommend trying the tea, as it is really good. You can get it at a tea house or in can form at a souvenir shop or vending machine for about ¥130.

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2016 new york Photo Journal

Thanks, Ella

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There is a statue of Ella Fitzgerald outside the train station I take to work. Since tomorrow is my last day, I don’t think I’ll be able to hang out with Ella so much anymore.

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2015 new york Photo Journal

Of Stone

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Last weekend I took a trip to the city just for the hell of it. I have an unlimited Metrocard this month, so I figured, why not? With it, I can take buses and the subway as much as I like, without having to worry about my budget.

Because of that, I decided I would try a little experiment. I would take public transportation to somewhere new, by randomly getting on a bus or train just to see where it went.

After a few hours of this, I ended up in the middle of Brooklyn. Outside the window was a cemetery called Greenwood Cemetery. It’s apparently kind of famous.

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I thought again, why not?

The cemetery is known for being the final resting place of Civil War veterans, the afluent, and several historical figures. I was there to see what the earliest date I could find on a tombstone was. That and look at the statues.

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They really went all out back in the day.

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I walked around for a couple of hours before I got too tired to continue. In that time I met a few of the cemetery’s interesting still-living residents  and paid my respects to quite a few of its deceased ones.2015-12-18 18.01.56

When the sun began to go down, I headed back to the main entrance. I then took the R train back to Manhattan, treated myself to a filling dinner, and took Metronorth home.

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All in all, it was a good experience, and I think I will be doing more impromptu sightseeing in the future. If you can, and have an interest in New York, I do suggest in investing in an unlimited Metrocard  (they have 1 day, 7 day, and 30 day versions ) as an alternative to expensive tours and the like.

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2015 Photo Journal

Nurturing Nature

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Although I have often said that I wanted to be a teacher, I never gave any real thought to what that would entail. I imagined myself as a hodgepodge of the best parts of all my favorite teachers/mentors, who could just walk into a classroom and teach whatever subject effortlessly. I would kindle a love for reading, awaken one’s passion for at, or help someone speak fluently over the course of a semester and then Mary Poppins my way off to the next school that needed my help.

Reality isn’t that way at all.

I have no idea how to speak to children. I’ve screamed myself horse trying to keep these little guys from killing themselves or each other. I feel woefully underequiped to even help them with their homework. What am I doing here?! I’ve been asking myself this over and over.

I’ve gotten a hell of a wake up call in. The form of my 4th graders (I also sometimes help out with the kindergarteners and 2nd graders too if the need arises). But I’ve also gotten a bigger slap in the face from the school system in general. How does anything get done? How does anyone expect anything to get done?! This system is an absolute mess!!

I’d always heard the requests and debates on the need for more supplies and funding to public school in New York, but it wasn’t until now I truly understood. It’s like going out onto a battle field equipped with only a butter knife and a prayer.

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2014 Photo Journal

The Time Catcher

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Title: Time Catcher
Location: Fleetwood Station
Artist: Authur Gonzales
Details: Commissioned in 1990 by MTA. Patinated Bronze

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2013 Photo Journal

Ten Bank Street

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There is an interesting sculpture in the center of Ten Bank Street Plaza, in White Plains, New York. According to a plaque under the large mirror like art piece, it is in dedication to Francis J “Bud” Williams Jr. who had passed in 1981.

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The structure itself seems to take different shapes based on which angle from which it is viewed. The above angle reminds me of a seashell while the next reminds me vaguely of a tidal wave.

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Can you see my reflection?

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2013 Photo Journal

Muted Mondays: Part the Fourth

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I apologize for missing last Monday’s post, but life has been pretty crazy as of late. Today we have what should have been last week’s photograph, taken in Manhattan. There’s a subway station over by 59th / 5th where the 1 stops. This is the first thing you see walking up the steps out of the subway.

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2013 Photo Journal

Angels in Manhattan (pt 2 of 2)

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As continued from my last post, here are the gents. Is it me or do they seem in deep thought and a smite-y mood, while the ladies just seem to stare disdainfully at the passers-by?

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