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diamond head metal brew

Diamond Head @ 2016 Metal Brew

@_METALBREW_ @DH_Diamond_Head #metalbrew #metalbrew2016 @MetalMagicDK

In less than two months I will be off to Europe. Today I received the good news that I will be shooting Copenhell again (Slayer, System of a Down, In Flames, Ministry, Saxon, Opeth, Overkill, Carcass, Baroness, Myrkur, Candlemass, Batushka, etc.) I’ve yet to hear back from Roskilde Festival and Gefle Metal Festival.

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 Metal Magic Festival, I wasn’t planning on going back because it’s a long and expensive train ride from Copenhagen, and I’m teaching in Copenhagen the Friday right in the middle of the festival. However, they just announced that Diamond Head will be on the bill! Now I’m torn.

If Diamond Head is playing on Thursday or Saturday AND at least two of the bands below are also playing on Thursday or Saturday, then I will probably make the trip for just that day.

Nifelheim
Tribulation
Absu

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

@VisitCZ #VisitCZ

Less than four months and I’ll be returning to Prague. Can’t wait.

厳島神社

厳島神社 itsukushima jinja miyajima lantern

Itsukushima Jinja

Rimshot

Grand Canyon

In the upper right corner of today’s photo you can barely see three little people. The guy dangling his feet over the edge of the Grand Canyon I don’t know. The other two are my kids.

Pi-ka-chu?

kofu pikachu grave

The Miyazawa family chooses Pikachu. I took this photo seven years ago this month on my way up Takeda Dori during the Shingen-ko Festival (信玄公祭り).

Japan Journeys

@TuttleBooks

I just finished Japan Journeys: Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks. This is mostly a picture book, featuring about 200 Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e / 浮世絵). Artists include Hokusai (北斎), Hiroshige (広重), Utamaro (歌麿), and Kunisada (国貞).

The prints include a brief description and some historical context. They are arranged by location.

While I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I have a couple of critiques/recommendations should anyone want to do something similar.

The first is that some, if not many, of the ukiyo-e are too small. The book is inexpensive (under $20 for a hardback and all in full color), but I would have preferred a larger book, both in terms of page size and length, so that the prints could be seen in more detail. Some of them are stamp size, and they all should have been at least 8″ on the short side.

The second is that I would have liked to have also seen modern photos of these places, even if the places look radically different today. I’m imagining something like what I’ve done here and here.

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