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© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

 

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Yes, yes it is.

Design Festa Performance © 2006, Juniper Stokes

Design Festa Performance © 2006, Juniper Stokes

Taken at Design Festa, a celebration of weird Japanese art held bi-anually in Odaiba, Tokyo.

For more: アートイベント デザインフェスタ | Art Event Design Festa.

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Time for a quick Photo Friday post:

Children's Masks, Japan © 2006, Juniper Stokes

Children’s Masks, Japan © 2006, Juniper Stokes

 

I snapped this picture while hiking, yes hiking, on Mount Takao, near Tokyo. It’s good to know that if trees aren’t enough, children  can also find colorful and slightly scary masks in the forest.

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Crow, Yoyogi

Time to get back on my Photo Fridays!

Crow in Yoyogi Koen, Tokyo  © 2006, Juniper Stokes

Crow in Yoyogi, Tokyo © 2006, Juniper Stokes

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Merry Christmas!

For the last Friday Photo before Christmas, I thought this would be an appropriate post. This is a photo I took of our neighbor’s amazing Christmas display . . . thankfully they live a few blocks away . . . !

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

Happy Holidays!

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For this Photo Friday, I decided to take  trip back to New Zealand, where i spent about a month in 2008. New Zealand is a beautiful country (as most people probably know, given the number of movies filmed there). One part of the country I found to be especially beautiful was Doubtful Sound, a large fjord in the far South. I toured the area by boat, and we were blessed with abundant rainbows.

Somehow, all seems right in the world when a rainbow graces a landscape like this. And when it happens twice on the same trip, well . . . .

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

A scenic view of the sound

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

© 2008, Juniper Stokes

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I took this photo at the Día de los Locos (literally “Day of the Crazies”) festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Día de los Locos takes place in mid-June, when people from various neighborhoods parade through the streets wearing all sorts of elaborately crafted costumes. They parade from the Church of San Antonio to El Jardín, the central square. Some ride old, decorated trucks, while others dance-walk the entire route. Small children line the streets awaiting the Mexican candies that will be tossed to them, and nearly everyone wears a mask.

Luchadores Locos © 2012, Juniper Stokes

Luchadores Locos © 2012, Juniper Stokes

Mexican wrestlers in suites=classy.

Another especially luminous luchador . . . no so classy . . .

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

A bit of a tribute to Asia

 © 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

And some very crazy shoes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

Vendors carrying massive amounts of balloons and cotton candy

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

Evidently it’s a cross-cultural phenomenon that anytime men need costumes, they will cross-dress.

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

Happily awaiting candy

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

© 2012, Juniper Stokes

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