Posts Tagged 'sapporo'

snow smile

Posted by on 09 Dec 2009 | Category: japan, photography

You all liked the winter-snow photographs which I had posted in the previous article – but if they seem dull, grim and harsh, here are some to smile on!! From 2006 Winter.

snow sliding at hokkaido university
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winter at hokkaido

Posted by on 07 Dec 2009 | Category: japan, photography

There was a time when I used to walk these snow laden roads every day, for more than 3 years. Now when I come to think of it, or see these photographs, I shudder, and wonder how I survived those days  😯 These photographs are from the small street just out of the apartment where I lived during my PhD days at Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan.

These selected photographs are simple, but I feel there is something strong about it. The elements in it, a man, a dog, and a crow says so.

sapporo in winter, a man, a dog, and a crow
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onam: black & white, a japanese perspective and the role of plywood

Posted by on 31 Aug 2009 | Category: india, japan, kerala

A few decades back, Onam, the Kerala festival was celebrated in memory of the mythical king Mahabali. In the present scenario, it has turned out that Onam is more of a celebration in memory of those bygone decades and onam celebrations of the past.
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time for festivals. yosakoi soran

Posted by on 07 Apr 2006 | Category: japan, photography

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Winter is saying adieu and am impatiently waiting for the spring to arrive at Hokkaido. Spring is already in Honshu, main island of Japan where Tokyo, Osaka and other cities are, and they are already having cherry blossoms! Hokkaido is the northern most island, and we have spring, cherry blossoms, everything late  On top of everything, we have winter early!!!! sho!

Spring and we awake full of life and dandelions to a lot of festivals and parties. Let me get into the mood by browsing and bringing back some of the photos of the yesteryear.

Herez a set of photos from one of the greatest dance festival, the Yosakoi Soran. Yosakoi Soran was started just 12 years before, by a university student like me. It gained popularity so fast that it is one of the most vibrant festivals of Sapporo. Yosakoi Soran Festival combines Yosakoi-Festival in Kochi prefecture of Shikoku and Soran folk music of Hokkaido. 45,000 participants and 1.5 million audience, as reported over the internet.

 

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Pretty japanese school gals huh? Their uniforms are popular that even after graduating they like to wear it around  Now you know why am waiting for winter to get over
 
Those are from Yosakoi Soran 2005. Some old shots from Yosakoi Soran 2004 are here:
 

little penguins @ sapporo snow festival

Posted by on 06 Feb 2006 | Category: japan, photography

snow? who cares!!

sapporo snow festival

1 n 2. the japanese self defense force braving the snow before the mammoth snow sculpture they made.
3. see what the koalas got to say
4. huge task ahead!
5. hide n seek. shez from macau. do u know where macau is
6. mmm looks like the little girl from The Ring ?? May be not!

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mama penguin n little penguins. lions club sapporo and hokkaido university international students joined together to make this snow sculpture for the 57th sapporo snow festival (6 Feb to 12 Feb)

penguin. lions club sapporo and hokkaido university international students at sapporo snow festival

Sapporo snow festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri 1) began spontaneously in 1950 by a small group of high school students who started making snow sculptures. In time it grew, the japanese Self Defense Force (SDF, you can see the structure they built and saluting in  the pictures above), several groups and the public joining it.

1. Yuki Matsuri. yuki = snow, matsuri = festival

 

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