This time-lapse video of Japan -- shot by Brad Kremer in the summer of 2009 -- features impressive footage of Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Mt. Ishizuchi.
Here is a time-lapse video showing the past year of construction of the massive Tokyo Sky Tree broadcasting tower, which reached a height of 300 meters (984 ft) this month. When completed in December 2011, the tower will stand 634 meters (2,080 ft) tall, making it the tallest structure in Tokyo.
Multiple lightning flashes caused by fast moving fine ash
Lava bombs hitting the flank
Strombolian eruption with lightning
Detail with multiple lightning flashes
Lava brightens the ash cloud
Ash eruption causing lightning
The photos were taken between December 24, 2009 and January 10, 2010.
[Link: Martin Rietze]
The Tokyo cityscape becomes the ultimate light show in this video for "I Will Be Here," the recent collaboration single by Dutch DJ Tiësto and Australian dance music group Sneaky Sound System. Directed by Masashi Muto.
Masakatsu Sashie's fantastic "orb" paintings depict large, city-like spheres that float gently above the remains of a failed civilization. The giant orbs, which seem to be self-contained worlds unto themselves, are pieced together from the scraps of old Showa-period buildings and bits of consumer culture, such as vending machines, pachinko parlors, fast food signs, and video game components. Part retro and part sci-fi, the orbs appear to hover gracefully between the worlds of a nostalgic past and a dystopian future.
Secret Base [+]
[Link: Masakatsu Sashie]
Sengoku-period warrior [Photo]
As summer progresses, crops of rice paddy art are beginning to emerge in Japan. The crop art -- created by strategically arranging and growing different colors of rice plants -- can be seen in farming communities across the country. The largest and finest work is grown in the Aomori prefecture village of Inakadate, which has earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry. This year the enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, are visible in a pair of fields adjacent to the town hall there.
View from roof of Inakadate town hall [Photo]
View from top of warrior's head [Photo]
Warrior's arm [Photo]
Close-up of rice plants [Photo]
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Another relatively famous rice paddy art venue is located in the town of Yonezawa in Yamagata prefecture. This year's work depicts the 16th-century samurai Naoe Kanetsugu and his wife, Osen, whose lives are chronicled in Tenchijin, the popular, year-long historical fiction television series now airing on NHK.
Naoe Kanetsugu and Osen [Photo: contri]
Naoe Kanetsugu [Photo]
View from top of Naoe Kanetsugu's head [Photo]
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Smaller works of crop art can be seen in other rice-farming areas of Japan. Here are a few more examples.
Doraemon and deer dancers (shishi-odori), location unknown [Photo]
Ladybug, Nishio, Aichi prefecture [Photo]
Cow, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga prefecture [Photo]
Ducks, near Fukushimagata Lagoon Water Park, Niigata prefecture [Photo]
Photographer heiwa4126's "Stereographics" photoset on Flickr is an eye-bending collection of "little planet" panoramas and ultra-wide fisheye images shot mostly in Tokyo.
Tokyo Station [heiwa4126]
Ueno Station [heiwa4126]
Shin-Arakawa Bridge [heiwa4126]
Higashi-Ayase Park [heiwa4126]
Adachi Ward [heiwa4126]
Katsushika Ward [heiwa4126]
Ueno Station [heiwa4126]
Tokyo Dome City [heiwa4126]
Shiodome Sio-site [heiwa4126]