Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday

Just wanted to share a few pictures from Saturday's game...



I don't know what's neater: Randy about to dunk, or the expression that Kenji is making as he watches in the background :D


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I love it when the Brex play Panasonic. It usually makes for some exciting basketball but I look forward to watching Panasonic's big guy (#31) Aono play. He's just so dang huge 210 cm / 120 kg to be exact.... and just blocks the crap out of the ball whenever it gets anywhere near him.


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Abe used to play on the same team as him and said he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Always happy and a has good sense of humor. He's just so scary on the court!


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I love the shot below for a couple of reasons but mainly being the raw emotion. When I started getting into sports photography, I wanted to get cool action shots (dunks, jumpers, etc.) but I absolutely love it when players display their emotions on the court or the field. Coolness.



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Go Brex

Today during warmups

Experimenting with some pictures...



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hiroshima

After 5+ years of living in Japan, I can honestly say that it continues to surprise and amaze me. I've been to lots of cities (both the famous and the hidden) for leisure and Abe's away games and often times appoint each location as my "new" favorite place.

Last weekend, I discovered a new favorite place in Japan I hadn't visited before: Hiroshima. It was a lovely city sprinkled with quaint coffee shops, artsy-looking botiques, restaurants galore, and of course, history.

Unfortunately, it rained the whole first two days we were there, so I didn't get lots of pictures.



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On the second day, despite the rain, I rented a bicycle and went around the city exploring and taking everything in. I went to the Peace Museum, Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Although I'd already researched the history of the tragic events that ocurred there, it was still a different experience to see photos and remains of the victims.


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While in Hiroshima, I was able to do some local shopping and eat what they are famous for: Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). What makes Hiroshima style so different, you ask? They are filled with yummy noodles. (Taken with my iPhone) Mmmmm. They were wonderful!

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Hiroshima, three days was certainly not enough for me to fully embrace you. I'll be back! :)


Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Did you know???

It has been pointed out by several people that I have not fully announced that I have a proper (yet very simple) website for my photography services.


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( http://JulieAnnPhoto.com )


AND, I have also started a Facebook Page for anyone who reads this blog and wants to keep up with me on Facebook :)

( http://facebook.com/JulieAnnPhoto )



If you haven't already, stop by my site and take a look around or "like" me on Facebook! As always, thank you to those who leave comments, or just keep coming back for more. I'm working on posting more frequently in the future :)




xoxo,
juldog

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another weekend in the books

Aaaand just like that, it's already October. I had a productive week that led straight into an exciting weekend that included shopping for shoes that require socks (I wish I could wear my Reefs year-long), playing virtual golf, and going to the Brex games against the always difficult Aisin.


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Now, that's not very sportsmanlike! :P

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Awww, I just love my little giant. He looks so much smaller than other players on the court, yet at home, he manages to hit his head on doorways.


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The games were very exciting. The Brex almost won on Saturday but Aisin managed to take the game over at the end. Tochigi did manage to win on Sunday though. Woohoo!



This weekend, I go to Hiroshima. I haven't been there yet so I'm looking into what places I should visit and what foods I have to try (besides the obvious ones).
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunglasses

A couple of weeks ago I went to Tokyo. It was a usual trip (traveling for Abe's basketball games) which included shopping, coffee and meeting friends. I almost always meet up with my friend Anna and her daughter Hanna and we always have fun catching up and doing a little shopping.

That last trip was no different. However, looking at the pictures of little Hanna makes me remember exactly how happy I was that day. The sun shining but the weather was not unbearable, children laughing in the background, meeting Alex (another basketball wife) for the first time, sipping refreshing beverages and eating yummy sandwiches.


Oh, and there were sunglasses.




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