4 May 2011 --- This Account was NIPSA'd by Flickr Staff.
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NOTE : My Flickr "Buddy Icon" (avatar) is not me. It's a head crop of my favorite old Japanese photographer T. ENAMI, photographed over 110 years ago in his Yokohama studio. The real Okinawa Soba (a.k.a. Rob) is a white-haired American geezer in his 60s, who's been living in Okinawa on and off for most of the past 40 years (since 1973).
The real me is HERE : www.flickr.com/people/24443965@N08/photosof/with/9230656758/
HAISAI, HOWDY, & KONNICHIWA !.
THIS CC ARCHIVE OF MOSTLY OLD JAPANESE PHOTOS IS JUST FOR YOU !
ALL OF THE PHOTOS POSTED ARE ORIGINAL TO THIS PHOTOSTREAM --- NONE OF THE IMAGES ARE RIPPED, GRABBED, STOLEN, OR UNETHICALLY APPROPRIATED FROM ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE INTERNET.
MOST OF THE IMAGES WERE SCANNED BY MY OWN HANDS, FROM ORIGINALS IN MY OWN POSSESSION. THOSE VERY FEW IMAGES NOT IN MY POSSESSION WERE POSTED WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE CREDITED COLLECTOR.
♥ ♥ ♥ With just a few exceptions, almost EVERY OLD PHOTO you see on this photostream is completely free to use for your Blogging, Website, and other ARTSY, CRAFTY, FOLKSY Creative Uses ! YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION -- NO NEED TO ASK !
♥ ♥ ♥ While the PHOTOS ARE FREE TO USE --- Note that Flickr (not me) requires a link back to the Flickr page as a means of giving PROPER CREDIT and SOURCE INFORMATION.
♥ ♥ ♥ MY ALTERATIONS : (1) Sometimes, I minimally use Google's PICSA to correct or restore image tones and contrast, and occasionally add simple borders. (2) I sometimes use basic MS Paint to clean dings, scratches, foxing, and gunk from any old and afflicted photos, while filling in any gaping holes or missing chunks of emulsion. Further, (3) while doing this, in lieu of obvious watermarking, I sometimes make minor modifications to areas of the print that are "off subject". This helps me to "track" use of the photos by others who like operating outside the bounds of Flickr rules.
Please note above that I said "sometimes". I do NOT make repairs all the time, and several of my posts retain the patina and scars of time.
♥ ♥ ♥ YOUR ALTERATIONS : YOU ARE FREE TO DO FURTHER POST PROCESSING ON ANY CC IMAGE to make the picture just how you like it for your own needs.
♥ ♥ ♥ Please don't pull a juvenile "BOB DYLAN" stunt by copying or re-painting the images, while telling everyone that these are a "visual record" of your own personal travels and face time you've had with people during your treks around the world.
♥ ♥ ♥ Please don't be an eBay Jerk by copying, watermarking, and selling all or part of my photo collection, while passing everything off as your own.
♥ The REAL OKINAWA SOBA : www.google.com/search?q=okinawa+soba&biw=1354&bih...
I chose this as my Flickr handle simply because I have noodles for brains.
ABOUT MY OWN PHOTOS...TAKEN BY ME :
All of my own recent stuff is general, run-of-the-mill, straight-forward, SNAP SHOTS taken with point-and-shoot DIGITAL POCKET CAMERAS set to the most basic of automatic functions. There are no DSLR pics, and no beautiful wonders of PhotoShop creativity.
Basically, any OKINAWA location images you see here (and some taken during my travels) have probably been photographed with much more skill and beauty by others.
My pics are just a record of things I've seen and liked, and my verbose captions are my own stockpile of dubious thoughts and opinions that, if ever needed in hard-copy by a student of psychology, can someday be edited down to a more functional pithy-ness of proper prose.
BASIC PHOTOSTREAM STATS.....
► STARTED POSTING THIS CC FLICKr ARCHIVE FOR PUBLIC USE on 4 March 2008.
► THE ABOVE "VISITOR COUNTER" (TO THIS PROFILE PAGE, NOT THE PHOTOSTREAM) was activated on 2 Aug 2009 (18 months after joining flickr).
► OVER 5,000 PHOTOS --- MOST OF THEM 100 YEARS OLD AND OLDER --- ARE ARRANGED FOR YOU IN VARIOUS SETS AND COLLECTIONS.
Modern photos of OKINAWA amount to well over 1000 images.
The last time I checked.......
► OVER 700 PHOTOS APPEAR IN OVER 500 FLICKr GALLERIES. [Currently NIPSA'd]
► WEIRD FLICKr ALGORITHMS HAVE PLACED 52 IMAGES IN EXPLORE --- 14 CURRENTLY. (The most to be displayed in EXPLORE at any one time = 14) [Currently NIPSA'd]
► AS OF DECEMBER, 2013, there have been over 22 MILLION HITS on the PHOTOSTREAM, including....
► OVER 2 MILLION VISITS to the SETS & COLLECTIONS.
► VISITORS HAVE COME FROM 134 COUNTRIES.
SOME PERSONAL STUFF....
I am an American citizen, 61 years old, who, until recently, worked as a professional photographer in Okinawa, Japan. I have lived and worked here in one capacity or another for most of the past 40 years, and remain a permanent resident of Japan. I am now engaged in other pursuits, but continue to enjoy photography as an amateur.
My wife is Okinawan. My three daughters were born in Okinawa, and have dual JAPAN-USA citizenship.
I have been asked more than once by Japanese Immigration officials if I would be interested in having Japanese citizenship. After politely declining, I stated publicly in a newspaper article that I have no interest in "becoming Japanese", (although the Mainland is a very nice place to visit) but would readily accept OKINAWAN CITIZENSHIP if there was such a thing --- which unfortunately, there is not. (Some more personal notes are found farther below)
♥ YES, YOU MAY USE THE PHOTOS ! ♥
Here's some more specific comment on your permission to freely use the old photos posted on this photostream "
♦ YOU ARE GIVEN CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE TO DOWNLOAD, USE, POST, FLIP, FLOP, CROP, CHOP TO PIECES, EXTRACT PORTIONS OF, INVERT, RE-COLOR, COMBINE, STRETCH, TWIST, ANIMATE, AND MANIPULATE AS NEEDED FOR YOUR CREATIVE WORK.
♦ IF YOU ARE A BLOGGER or WEBMASTER. YOU MAY USE THESE IMAGES ON YOUR COMMERCIAL OR NON-PROFIT BLOGS AND WEBSITES FOR EITHER PERSONAL, SERIOUS, STUDIOUS, FRIVOLOUS, OR DECORATIVE USE.
♦ THE PHOTOS MAY BE RE-CAPTIONED, RE-DESCRIBED, AND FREELY COMMENTED ON --- OR BE USED IN WAYS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR TEXT OR COMMENTARY.
♦ OTHER FAIR USE APPLICATIONS AS DESCRIBED BY CURRENT COPYRIGHT LAW ARE ALSO PERMITTED --- THERE IS NO NEED TO CONTACT ME TO ASK PERMISSION. PERMISSION IS ALREADY GRANTED !!!
♦ When re-posting these images straight to blog and website pages, please provide a link back to the flickr source as per flickr's community guidelines. Thank you kindly in advance for proper source credit.
♦ Basically....... USE 'EM and HAVE FUN!!
NOTE : Concerning the captions under my posted photos....If you are an ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE visitor to this site, then may GOD HELP YOU. You will encounter plenty of sarcasm, spoof, and satire here. I have not stripped away the color, devices, or flavor of English usage for the sake of accommodating a global audience, where some might not understand these things, and think I am saying something that could be quite the opposite.
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH JAPAN
Due to having lived most of my life in Japan's southern frontier prefecture of Okinawa --- working with, being exasperated with, cooperating with, and both loving and butting heads with Okinawans and Japanese from ALL walks of life --- I have formed my own opinions about Japan and the Japanese. Some of these opinions (filtered through my own personality) show up in various sentimental ways in the captions of the images I post.
With a few shining exceptions, I have not had many positive experiences while dealing with the mainland Japanese who live and work in Okinawa in business and Government capacities. This, along with a thorough knowledge of Japan's centuries-long interference in Okinawan affairs, has tainted my view of Japan (as a national entity, and "body politic") in the way that some Native Americans, Hawaiians, Eskimos, and others have had their view of the "White Man" similarly tainted.
During my occasional travels to the mainland, I have experienced the full range of human emotions in my interactions there, and well understand both the positive and negative aspects of life in Japan for natives and foreigners alike.
I recognize that others have had different experiences than me while in Japan, and might disagree with some things I have to say. No problem. Please post your own photos and experiences, and I will applaud you for it.
As already implied, I make no apologies for any MOCKING SPOOF of anything the Japanese might throw at me. There is nothing and no one in Japan that is sacred or immune to comment --- including any Emperors that have ascended to the throne.
For better (and for worse) the Japanese in general (and the Okinawans in specific) are my maddening in-laws, and also my best friends. They are the ones I have loved the deepest, and also the ones I have wanted to strangle the most !
Within Japan, and definitely in a historical and cultural class of their own, the people of Okinawa have been an especially humbling source of great inspiration.
SOURCES OF THE PHOTOS POSTED BY OKINAWA SOBA
THERE ARE NO ILLICIT COPIES HERE. THERE ARE NO RIP-OFFS TAKEN FROM OTHER ON-LINE SITES OR POSTINGS. NOTHING IS "PIRATED" FROM OTHER COLLECTORS.
99% of the scans you see on my photostream were created from originals that are in my possession and care. Nothing has been ripped or pirated from others. Every post has been copied or scanned by me from the originals, and then prepared one-by-one for display on flickr. The few photos that I formerly owned, or are from the collections of others, are posted here by permission of the current owner or collector, and credited at the posting.
95% of the OLD PHOTS you see posted here on this photostream were acquired by me directly from photography dealers and collectors in over 30 countries during the 1970s through the 1990s.
The other 5% were fought down to the wire on eBay.
A FLICKr PARADOX
Flicker rules clearly state, "....DON'T POST ANY PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN YOURSELF....".
On the other hand, they heavily promote their own blatant violation of their own rules via something called the FLICKr COMMONS, thus setting an apparent "IT'S OK" example for those of us that have the exact same photos --- many times in better condition than the "official" archives to whom Flickr grants a waiver excusing them from Flickr rules.
I personally don't understand this contradiction, and have seen poorer presentations of COMMONS images than personal photostreams hosting the exact same PUBLIC DOMAIN photos with "regular Flickr members" posting better archival data and more meaningful links.
Why Flickr NIPSA's (censors) serious, private contributors like us is beyond my understanding and comprehension of what goes on in the minds of the otherwise illustrious Flickr Staff who control these things..
MORE PERSONAL STUFF....
STATIONED ON OKINAWA During the VIETNAM WAR
In 1972-73, I spent a couple of months being trained by the United States Government in the art and science of killing as many Southeast Asians as possible, including placement of "roadside bombs" (In my case, it was not "improvised explosive device" IEDs of Middle Eastern fame, but rather, the art of placing well-concealed Claymore Mines along the roadsides, each one of the devices being able to pulverize upwards of 40 human beings at a time).
My Government instructors openly called the hard-working people of those distant lands "gooks".
However, in spite of twice receiving orders to Vietnam, and being prepared to ship out from Okinawa each time, these orders were rescinded at the last moment, and I wound up working my full tour of duty in the US Army Hospital in Okinawa.
Here, the results of war were daily brought to us, and we helped nurse back to health those soldiers and marines who were waylaid by sickness or injury.
I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
The Government's sole purpose for getting these injured guys patched up was to see them return to the field of battle, where they could continue killing as many "gooks" as our bombs and ammunition would allow.
So, in this capacity, while (1) getting paid well by the US Government for my services, and (2) while religious Americans spouted off, and opined about the evils of abortion, I (3) directly aided an abetted the killing of what is now estimated to be 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 Southeast Asians, including women, children, and the elderly --- all of whom never posed an ounce of threat to the United States of America.
And, as usual, it was the "Pro-Life, Religious Right" that were the main, flag-waving supporters of my participation in America's wholesale slaughter of humanity in that region of the world.
We called it "THE VIETNAM WAR".
Nowadays, when I see the sad sight of my fellow Americans getting blown up by roadside bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, It brings back memories of when the United States Government trained me to do the EXACT SAME THING to others in a country we had no business being in.
What goes around, comes around.
JUST ANOTHER DAY : www.liveleak.com/view?i=74a_1267057061
EXPORTING DEMOCRACY : www.liveleak.com/view?i=6b0_1235627650
HEAVY METAL RAIN : www.liveleak.com/view?i=0cf_1192458857
While working at the Hospital in Okinawa (eventually as E-5 Army Sergeant Oechsle, NCO in charge of the Pharmacy), I also took pictures, and privately taught basic photography and darkroom work. In fact, I've been an avid amateur photographer for over 40 years, with about 15 of those years doing it professionally in Japan.
I only wish I had taken more pictures back then.
THE AFTER EFFECTS of WAR
I'm sure that my Military Hospital experience during the Vietnam war has had a lasting effect on my psyche and personality, though I'm not really sure what it is.
I did "wax religious" for many years after the war, but found that the world of "religion" can be just as destructive to humanity as bombs and bullets.
However, to this day, I remain an un-apologetic "Cultural Imperialist" who has absolutely no tolerance for the adolescence ideas of "Cultural Relativity" and "Moral Equivalency", or any other lame excuses of the "Time / Place" variety that lets the world sit by while women and children get run over and trampled by the lame-brained misogynists who continue to run half of the patriarchal, stone-aged countries of the world.
You will probably pick up on that in a few of my captions.
Otherwise, enjoy the photos, and feel free to re-blog any CC-rated images that might help out your own Web-pages.
- Forced Perspective 1,385 photos, 732 members
- Roadside Dinosaurs 1,408 photos, 358 members
- Okinawa Photos 10,671 photos, 558 members
- Asian cave 亚洲洞穴 2,327 photos, 1,398 members
- Anticrepuscular rays 14 photos, 5 members
- Ахуенна! 6,885 photos, 284 members
- Public Toilets of Japan 日本の公衆トイレ 724 photos, 28 members
- Japanese Manhole Covers 3,535 photos, 779 members
- Scanner darkly 920 photos, 222 members
- Scanning as a fine art 3,811 photos, 665 members
- Love ♥ OKINAWA 2,412 photos, 119 members
- In Numerical Order 1,949 photos, 8,911 members
- Momotarō 桃太郎 - Taishō Era Maiko & Geiko 148 photos, 6 members
- Early Photographs of Children with Flowers 308 photos, 133 members
- Pre 9/11 1,025 photos, 358 members
- 9/11 "Never Forget" 1,007 photos, 272 members
- 9/11 truth movement 451 photos, 121 members
- Victorian children 4,199 photos, 239 members
- Nineteenth Century Ambrotypes 824 photos, 90 members
- Daguerreotypes 1,665 photos, 395 members
- Cruise Ships 59,463 photos, 3,176 members
- 10 Million Photos 8,482,171 photos, 68,874 members
- ~~Girls & Noodles~~ 86 photos, 44 members
- Coal Regions of Pennsylvania 901 photos, 57 members
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7/ZS5, DMC-TZ10/TZ8 Groups 7,012 photos, 431 members
- Okinawa lovers 19,653 photos, 1,023 members
- ESSENCE OF JAPAN 450 photos, 28 members
- Flickr's Ireland 23,921 photos, 510 members
- 静岡県 Shizuoka Prefecture 2,692 photos, 107 members
- Fascination Nostalgia 16,477 photos, 665 members
- a pathological inability to take myself seriously 599 photos, 318 members
- Vanishing Trades 1,321 photos, 243 members
- Weaving Looms 762 photos, 212 members
- Japanese Children 2,002 photos, 177 members
- Japan Eats 706 photos, 97 members
- Farmacia Natural - Natural Pharmacy 2,872 photos, 85 members
- snow japan 822 photos, 87 members
- 下田市 Shimoda City 700 photos, 26 members
- * ALL COLLECTIONS - and PATTERNS, TEXTURES, DETAILED STUDIES * 97,160 photos, 3,179 members
- Okinawa Explored 618 photos, 28 members
- Old Manila Nostalgia 1,993 photos, 429 members
- Tintypes, ambrotypes, Wet-plate Collodion photographs 10,618 photos, 1,789 members
- Philippine Ancestral Houses 2,958 photos, 172 members
- The Sister Project 535 photos, 114 members
- Vintage Korean Photos 1,032 photos, 146 members
- Azul que te quiero azul 662 photos, 145 members
- You Can Wear Kimono! 1,228 photos, 172 members
- JapanSoc (Daily Photo) 4,477 photos, 183 members
- CANOAS E PESCADORES!!! (Post 1 Award 1) 3,350 photos, 1,043 members
- Vintage Eyes That Speak 2,926 photos, 119 members
Nikita Hengbok says:
"I'm truly impressed by Okinawa Soba & his amazing photostream. It's one of the very best photostream in Flickr! Very informative & educational about old photos/photography, the gorgeous island of Okinawa & very many other things which, quite a few, are important in life, to me at least.
After browsing through almost all the pics & comments that he had posted, I came to a conclusion that Okinawa Soba himself is quite a remarkable man, intelligent, knowledgeable & bluntly honest. A man who is not afraid to be outspoken & I agreed with many things he commented in his pics. His info, thoughts & comments give me a better understanding of certain places, the people, their society & culture.
Thank you, Okinawa Soba san, for sharing & keep up the outstanding works!"
20th May, 2012
"Okinawa Soba sensei does a *priceless* iconographic work. And as the icing on the cake, or rather the wasabi on the sushi, his descriptions are both informative and funny.
This is _the very first stream on Flickr_ that makes me want to order some printed books made from its pictures.
Many many thanks to the bearded man."
25th December, 2010
"SO TIGHT, If he ever stops I'll set fire to my legs
10th December, 2010
Not Kolpophobic says:
"I adore the overall feel of your entire gallery.
Your style is one-of-a-kind, and that's rather hard to come by.
You inspire young artists like myself to thrive to excel.
7th October, 2010
"Your gallery is really amazing!
I travel in the pictures, it's like I enter the feudal era.
I love a lot this season and the oriental culture.
Congratulations on your gallery ^ ^"
18th May, 2010
Globalism Pictures says:
"Don't seem to be the only one vastly impressed with the fabulous digital archive you've clearly lovingly created, but I happily join the ranks of those who greatly appreciate what you do and have done."
5th April, 2010
anwen d holly says:
"His photo stream is both full of historical and artistic value, there's something endearing about every single photo published. There's something raw and beautiful about photography in the beginning, and this Flickr is a wonderful example of that. It's almost as if through the constant experimentation to figure out what Photography was, the earliest photographers knew something more than current commercial and artistic photographers alike.
He has an AMAZING knowledge of the photos presented, and always tries to give backstory and history or at least some sort of humorous analogy to the photos he posts.
Aside from that, even his own personal photos are beautiful. He has a great sense of composition and color and I enjoy his stream thoroughly."
6th April, 2010
"This photostream is one of the coolest things I've ever encountered on Flickr. Great place for looking references, browsing through superb photography and enjoying Japanese history. Wowza!
(Also, you sound like a great guy. All the best for you & your family!)"
24th March, 2010
"Hello! This is the greatest photostream I've seen! Thank you for sharing and adding me :D
3rd January, 2010
"It's SO great to share such a beautiful collection! Many many thanks for the treasure!"
22nd October, 2009
"God bless you!
For being honest and brave about America's past in Vietnam.
I'm sure many Americans don't want to hear what you are saying."
24th June, 2009
"These items you have are simply amazing! Thank you for sharing your pics."
31st May, 2009
"I look forward each time I log-on, to see just what photographic gems and the entertaining and literary comments I may find in your stream.
As one who played around with archival, tour albums, in my past I I have never seen this depth of collecting in this specific field.
You my friend, are a very special person to share your understanding and images with us.
I really do hope you will continue to publish, and that you have a secure fire proof place to keep your passion.
May all the Gods and Goddesses in heaven and earth and the under the seas smile on you.
17th May, 2009
"Your colection is amazing I really love old Painting Photo .< i go to do it ; )
Thank you a lot
Do you know book who teach how do painting photo ? (^^;)"
17th May, 2009
Sophie Rata says:
"I truly love all of the images you upload, even if they are not really yours.
You bring them back to life and I am sure that would mean alot to the artists who made them.
I love your ever intelligent writing, you really give us something interesting to pounder about with every image that you post.
18th April, 2009
"Adelante con tu labor. Es digna de un amante de la fotografia histórica. Que no se pierdan estas imágenes!
Salutacions desde Catalunya!!!!"
19th April, 2009
"Don't give up, the history seen in their eyes makes things come to life."
21st April, 2009
Visionary Dreamz says:
"i have nothing to say......i love all your photographs that bring me the feeling of old Japan. Hontou ni kide desu!"
18th March, 2009
"To Okinawa Soba, thanks for showing us the history of Japan thru your photograph, you did not only share with us your culture and tradition but help us understand what Japan is all about. I hope our future generation will learn from it. I salute you!"
23rd February, 2009
"One of the best gallery on flickr!"
10th February, 2009
"Rob, is a great and very generous. It was great meeting you and I look forward to meeting up with you again in the future. Thanks for sharing a bit of your extensive collection of amazing photographs! My daughter loves the View-Master."
28th January, 2009
"The photos are of great historical importance!"
31st December, 2008
"When i found your photostream it was like finding a treasure.
The images and commentary are priceless.
Okinawa Soba you are Flickr at it's best.
Thank You for sharing with us."
24th December, 2008
"I cannot express how impressed I am with your photostream. I would mark every picture of it as a favorite. I have looked at some ot them for a long time just to enjoy the beauty they portray. Thank you!"
19th December, 2008
little tsu says:
"I could stare at these photos for hours and hours. I just love old photos, and even more: old photos of Japan! They make you try imagine how things could have been - a healing exercise for the fantasy.
Thank you for your effort. (Even if you only do it for your own pleasure, hehe). You are dealing with history here and that is why your work is most respected and appreciated."
29th November, 2008
"Important Cultural Property is a designation given in Japan to something that exhibits an essential aspect of Japanese culture. These photos and our host should be given that designation. The attention to detail, the scholarship and the dedication to educate and illuminate go far beyond most Flickr pages. I share these urls with so many people here in Japan and abroad and only hope that some day I will be able to see the actual images. One of Flickr's best."
18th October, 2008
"The most entertaining photo site I have ever come across, wonderful photo's, lively discussion and witty remarks. Its a real treat and I appreciate the great deal of time and dedication you have put in. I am also looking forward publication of the book! Many thanks Denis57"
8th October, 2008
Bananocrate - バナノクラテ says:
"I still don't understand where Okinawa Soba is from (probably from Okinawasobaland). I do not know if he is a skillful photografer 'cos he does not post anything of his own. I do not know what face he have. I suppose he's an "he", I am pretty sure he's not a "she" but he could be an "it".
I know he uploads wonderful picture and seems to hate Japan like only a real Japanese could do. At the same time, he seems to love it like only a real Japanese could do. The problem is that I am talking about two different Japaneses, while Okinawa Soba is just one. This means also that, like everyone who deserve to be listened or readed, he have a not solid mental balance. And, far from being an insult. that's really ok.
But I still prefer pasta to soba."
4th October, 2008
"Okinawa Soba is arguably and quite honestly one of the biggest photographic philanthropists there is! You will find amazing images that he has collected and is now sharing with You. His opinions, background information and points in the right direction will allow You to not only enjoy each scene more, but many times think more and even gain a deeper understanding of the times, situations and technical details of the image that many people leave out either because they don't know, don't care or are too lazy to write (or any combination of the three). I am really, really happy to have found his photo stream and hope that many others that Love Photography and Stereoscope Photography in particular will find and enjoy it as well! Please be warned not be surprised when You find that You've added most of his stream to Your Favorites and hours of Your day mysteriously disappear as soon as You choose even one of the photos to view (^_^)"
19th September, 2008
"Thank you for sharing this treasure with the rest of the world! I'm a "fanatic" for traditional Japanese culture, and I found a true reliquary here!"
12th September, 2008
Alkaline Samurai says:
"THE BEST PHOTOSTREAM!! You have exactly what i want to see, as far as photographs. Thank you so much for sharing some of your collection with the world as well as your interesting Commentary,ideas and oppinions."
4th September, 2008
"Okinawa abrió una puerta a través del tiempo.
Realmente es un sitio para aprender y disfrutar.
4th August, 2008
"I have NEVER seen anything like this. To say that I am impressed is an understatement. I really appreciate the work and effort put into restoring, modifying, editing and uploading these images. Your sets belong in a museum but for now they will remain timeless here online. Being of Japanese decent I regard these images with a very high sentimental value...Once again, excellent work and thank you for sharing these previously unknown and obscure images with the modern world."
31st July, 2008
"As a person who came out from the dark I'm here developing a more worldly interest."
28th July, 2008
WGK STUDIO says:
"For some women Dr. Soba is stupid and belongs to the race "idiot". ;)
For a little German-Korean boy he is a "Santa Clause".
For me, he is the last hero of truth and justness in the world, who understood what "humor" is. Humor means in German "Calm, serenity, cool-headedness and poise. "Gelassenheit" :-)"
30th June, 2008
"I really enjoy your old photos! They are one of a kind! Bravo!"
29th June, 2008
"Your photos allow me to visit a time and a place that was in my dreams as a child and young man. Such eloquence in photo is humbling. Domo arigato gozaimasu Okinawa Sobasan."
5th June, 2008
DCI Photography says:
"These prints from old Japan are truly amazing both for clarity and colour.
You are truly "one of a kind" for making them available to all of us on Flickr.
I highly recommend your photostream to anyone who can access it.
6th May, 2008
"The old photos of Japan that you have uploaded onto Flickr have opened my eyes to a different world. There's so much information to be learned from each photo, not only about the culture of the Taisho or Meiji era but also how photographs were taken and composed those days. Appreciate the trouble you have taken to scan these images and upload them for the rest of us to enjoy."
6th April, 2008
- March 2008
- Born in Philadelphia, PA
- I am: