A-Z Challenge – W

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W is for “Wisteria”

I follow many Japanese photographers on Instagram, and after the Sakura has fallen, those photos have been replaced by many photos of Wisteria. Wisteria in Japanese is “Fuji” (藤) which is one of the kanji of my family name.

FYI, the kanji 藤 is very difficult to write, mainly because there are 19 strokes in it! 😮 Isn’t that crazy? In contrast, the second kanji only has 4 strokes. 😅

藤

It’s a very beautiful flower, isn’t it? One day, I would love to see it in person… an image like the one above.

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Wednesday

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Cedar Park, 2016
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hello, how are you?

Today’s photo is of my son, Bay, showing me how emojis are shown on different devices and their OS’s. It’s interesting that there can be so many different styles. In my work, I sometimes have to create icons and symbols, so looking at all the different emoji sets is interesting professionally. I can imagine the designers working through each icon… it’s a lot of work, but fun! FYI, both Bay and I agreed that the Google version of the emojis was our favorite.

In other news, we are preparing to move offices this week by packing up our things. This weekend, the moving company will move all the boxes to the new building and we’ll start there on Monday. It’s very exciting! For the past 10+ years I have been going to work at the same location so this will be a huge change! The photo below is of the cube that is opposite where I sit. It’s been empty for a few months because my colleague found another job at a different company. But, as people clean up their things, the cubes are all going to look like this one.

Austin, 2016
Austin, 2016

Take care, and good night! おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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Gyu-don

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Cedar Park, 2016
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは! Hello!

How was your Tuesday? Mine was pretty good. And the weather is nice and warm, which I like. Tonight there is a chance for a storm but tomorrow should be beautiful again. It’s good to get some rain though. ☔

Tonight’s photo is of our Gyu-don (beef on rice in a bowl) dinner. Mariko asked for a dinner idea, and I of course said Oyako-don (my favorite; chicken and egg over rice), but she said we don’t have chicken. So next I asked for Katsu-don (pork cutlet over rice) but we don’t have pork, so then I asked for Gyu-don… and she said yes!

Anyways, it was delicious as you can imagine.

おやすみなさい! Take care!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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A-Z Challenge – V

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V stands for “Vision”

In the past few years, my vision has been getting worse, and this past year I got new glasses, but I cannot focus so closely with my current prescriptions. I can see at a distance very clearly, and even things at an arm’s length distance is ok. But anything closer than about 18 inches and my eyes start to strain and things get blurry. So reading is kind of a problem.

Austin, 2016
Austin, 2016

When I read in bed, I need to shine my bedside lamp directly at the book I am holding at arm’s length, and then I can read comfortably, but other things, like using the rear LCD screen on my camera is difficult. I don’t like to hold the camera far from me when taking photos. That’s one reason that I need a camera with a viewfinder with diopter adjustment.

I guess next time I get new glasses (my yearly allowance comes up in August) I should look at some kind of progressive lens. Honestly, it’s not a huge deal, but if it can be corrected, why shouldn’t I do it?

 

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Late game

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Cedar Park, 2016
Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!

Hi! Tonight Koa had a late baseball game (8pm – 9:30pm). The sky was a bit stormy but luckily we didn’t get any rain and the kids got to enjoy their evening contest. As you can see from the photo, the colors in the sky as the sun went down were pretty awesome… the photo was pretty much SOOC (straight out of camera) with a tiny bit of sharpening and clarity applied, but I didn’t touch the vibrance or saturation, and I think the camera was on standard Provia film simulation. At any rate, we enjoyed about 10 minutes of this sky before it got dark. Pretty cool, huh?

Koa’s team lost but Koa had a good game, getting a hit, an RBI, scoring a run, and having three outs at second base… one on a blistering line-drive. The late games are kind of interesting because when we leave, it’s usually almost 10pm and there aren’t a lot of cars left in the parking lot. It’s a completely different feeling compared to the ending of the early games when there are a lot of other people arriving and the parking lot is still quite full. I like the late games! 😄

Have a great evening! おやすみなさい!

– B Barron Fujimoto

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