Japan Culture Festival in Melbourne, hosted by Japaneasy

I had a pleasure of working alongside a number of volunteers, performers, workshop and store providers and the organising members of Japaneasy Japanese Language School, at this Japan Culture Festival for the 2nd time. It was an early start to get the venue ready from 7:30 in the morning, but it was well worth it when we had so many volunteers who were willing to pull the weight, literally, from a heavy stack of tables, chairs, and to picking up last pieces of trash, not just cans and bottles.

Like last year, I also walked around the venue photographing everyone enjoying the day. It will take a bit of time to develop all those photos but I expect to put them online on my Facebook page. So please go ahead and click ‘Like’ button on the right of this page now, if you have a Facebook account. Then you will be the first to know when I finally have the photos ready for your viewing, and also you will need to Like the page before you can add comments and tag the photos.

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you, whether you were there in the event, you just happened by this blog, or you are one of my regular readers here.

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Storm Front

I got home in the early evening, watching the storm front approach. The forecast warned a possibility of severe rain storm, the kind that disrupted train and traffic in NSW in recent days. But once I got to the safety of home, how can I resist this amazing creation of nature?

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

storm cloud 2011-11-09

The storm front approaches the downtown Melbourne. Day is turned into night, soon followed by the gentle rain and lightening.

But on this side, we have the last of the daylight, and that magnificent cloud above…

storm cloud 2011-11-09

At the park

On the day a horse race stopped the nation, I was asked to photograph a mother and her beautiful children on a short visit to Melbourne. It was a cool and cloudy morning, but we made the best of it and captured some beautiful natural expressions. The father of the family was unfortunately unable to leave work back home. Maybe next time, he can join us, too.

Little Yuuna-chan takes the hand of her little brother Iori, making sure it’s always safe and fun for him.

Look at him go!

The shirt, the tie and the hat. He’s making a bit of statement…

It was a horse-led carriage straight out of a fairly tale. Everyone was waving at the little princess and the handsome prince.

I hope you enjoyed your short stay in Melbourne.