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The wheel goes round...

By Ayelet_A
Hello everyone.

It's the weekend and finally I have some free time Smile
First let me thank you all for your wonderful comments and support on my latest upload. I'm away from the site quite a lot so it is very appreciated that you don't give up on me and still visit my pf Smile

Today offering starts with the viewpoint from which the last image uploaded was taken - Osaka's aquarium Ferris Wheel - a rather small little ride Smile
V2 is part of Osaka's castle which is located in a wonderful park. The castle is lit up at night and is surrounded by a vast water canal. walking through the park we found out there was a Rock concert held at that night and by the time we've reached the other side of the park we were surrounded by hundreds of eager teenagers surprisingly all looking alike in heavy black clothing and colourful hair.
Which brings me to V3 -
This two girls show off the latest Harajuku style.
Harajuku in Japan refers to an area around Harajuku train station, in Tokyo. Japanese Harajuku Girls and Harajuku Style has been used to describe teens dressed in many fashion styles ranging from Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, Ganguro, Gyaru, Kogal, to "cute" Kawaii style clothing. Young adults may also be dressed as anime or manga characters (known as cosplay).
Which might explain the reason why we saw a girl dressed as a bear near Osaka's castle - no kidding. Apparently this type of clothing is also very expensive and could be bought and rented out through the internet.
These teenagers usually love the attention drawn to them due to the clothes and these ladies were no different - I kindly approached them with my camera and they were eager to pose all giggles and smiles. Interestingly enough these kids were usually hanging around the museum areas in Osaka. When we've reached Tokyo we've gotten the full Harajuku effect very much visible near the train station.
I think "Intriguing" would be the best way to sum it up.

No doubt Japan holds some interesting cultural experiences - Harajuku fashion being one of the fun ones Smile

Have a great week all!

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
27 Jun 2009 4:33PM
A great set of images, Ayelet, you wouldn't catch me on that ferris wheel! Carol

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JdeNLucas 7 4 3
27 Jun 2009 4:55PM
Great angle and capture, John
27 Jun 2009 5:08PM
Great point of view and camera angle.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 5:13PM
V1 - It's strange, we think of ferris wheels as fun, lively, animated and this is the reverse, moody and sombre.
But the star turn is V3, 'intriguing' as you say, a sort of cult style I guess. 'Gothic Lolita' is a wonderful description, I was thinking Minnie Mouse as the Bride of Frankenstein.
27 Jun 2009 5:31PM
#3 shows a couple of real charcters. #2 is very peaceful with a nice reflection.

#1 makes a good silhouette
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
27 Jun 2009 5:51PM
Lovely piece of processing on V1. And V2 is so sweet. Very nice.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
27 Jun 2009 6:45PM
v2 for me the reflection works well.lesley
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
27 Jun 2009 9:07PM
3 super images ayelet, great POV in v1.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
27 Jun 2009 10:01PM
V1 is especially spectacular!

tigertimb 8 40 66 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2009 10:09PM
That was brave Ayelet; I'm definitely scared by #3 - maybe more so than by the "sugar bunnies" on the bag! Some aspects of culture seem completely alien!
No such problems with #1,but that is enormous and your angle nicely emphasises the fact as well as giving us a good view of all the details of the struts. Nice sky too - was there a good view from the top as well as the crossing?
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
27 Jun 2009 11:12PM
3 different branches of photography Buddie. All are great. I am very please to see you doing "Harajuku" style sometime Buddie Wink
DP_Imagery Plus
12 24 6 Wales
27 Jun 2009 11:38PM
Hey Ayelet - what a great dynamic angle v1 - lovely scenic v2 - and really fun candid v3.

Good to see you back Grin

helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 1:34AM
Fascinating set of shots and write up. So different, but I think you've uploaded them in the right order. Helen
Roly 9 Wales
28 Jun 2009 8:40AM
Three good ones Ayelet.Great POV in V1 and V3 made me smile.
28 Jun 2009 4:45PM
A very diverse collection Ayelet Wink Love the angle in the first shot, it really makes the ferris wheel look *big*. The symmetry in no.2 I find very appealing. No. 3 is fun. Not for the life of me would I dress up like that...
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:00PM
Another fine set of images, Ayelet. I love that sky in v1.

bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
28 Jun 2009 6:52PM
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
28 Jun 2009 8:17PM
V1 seems to move as you scrollit down Ayelet, very strange. Three cracking shots

Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 11:42PM
lovely images and very interesting write up again, love the girls and the way they are dressed, and you are brave asking to take their photo, I have never had the nerve...

Linda Wink glad you did
excellent images ayelet,v3 is super.ray
30 Jun 2009 10:20AM
Great set.
RTDS 8 Cyprus
12 Aug 2009 9:38AM
3 Superb captures.
like them all.

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