Category: Events

Lincoln Memorial

Walked to the Lincoln Memorial and gasp at the massive size. After thinking about it, I realized that it is quite fitting for how much impact Abraham Lincoln made on shaping the United States as a country. Above Abraham Lincoln’s head it reads as follows: “IN THIS TEMPLE AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE …

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Washington Monument

I enjoyed a pleasant walk around Washington D.C. I was able to get some good photos from different views of the Washington Monument. To be able to be there, see it, touch it, feel what it is like to be there, and be able to share my experience gives me a warm feeling.

Capitol Building

Washington D.C. is home of many spectacular government buildings. Every time I see the capitol building I’m awestruck with the awesomeness, not only of the building, but also what it represents.

The White House

Went to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today to take a look at the White House. Here are some photos I took while there. After checking out the White House I happened to notice the National Christmas tree looks like it lost its Christmas spirit.

Too Much Monday Morning Excitement

Over the weekend I bought a new pot for my office plant and today I got the plant nicely situated in its new home and then low and behold a bug climbed in through the window and volunteered to be the first bug eaten by the Venus fly trap. What a great way to start …

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Flag Day 2017

In honor of Flag Day 2017, here is a photo of the greatest flag ever.

Orca Encounter Sea World San Diego

I went to the Orca Encounter show at Sea World in San Diego, California. The show has been changed as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has protested Sea World numerous times and also the movie Black Fish has portrayed Sea World in a negative light. For me Sea World is doing nothing …

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Naval Air Station Coronado North Island

While passing by the Naval Air Station on Coronado North Island I was amazed by the helicopters that were sitting on the ground and getting worked on. From my understanding these helicopters are used to assist the Navy Seals in completing their missions. Even if it is from afar it is pretty awesome to think …

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan

The first week of April is when the cherry blossoms, otherwise known as sakura, are blooming on the island of Honshu, Japan. Here are some photos of some of the different cherry blossom sights you can see.

Chin Chin Restaurant

When I was in Las Vegas, Nevada I came across this restaurant. I saw the name and had to laugh because “chin chin” in Japanese means penis. I can’t say that I want to eat here. Who knows what they might serve? Yikes!

Valley of Fire

The Valley of Fire is located outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It has spectacular views because the surrounding mountains are brown, but the Valley of Fire has a reddish tint to it. It must be because there is more iron in the dirt there. It is quite a site to see and in case you …

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Hand of Faith and Robin’s Gold Nuggets

The Golden Nugget casino located on Fremont Street in Las Vegas has on display the “Hand of Faith” and Robin’s gold nuggets. These two golden nuggets were both found in Australia. The Hand of Faith nugget weighs in at a whopping 61 pounds 11 ounces. Wow! It is difficult to believe this huge nugget was …

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Pawn Stars

I was in Las Vegas, Nevada and decided to stop in on the Pawn Stars, t.v. show on the History channel, 24 hour pawn shop to see what it was like. To my surprise the pawn shop wasn’t very big, but it seemed to have a selection of old equipment, toys, art work, cartoons, comic …

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Griffith Observatory

Last weekend I wanted to hike Mount Lee so I could get some photos behind the Hollywood sign. On the way up there I parked near the Griffith Observatory. The observatory was pretty cool because it is located high on a hill which I’m sure gives some spectacular views of the night sky. Here are …

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Hollywood Sign Hike

Last weekend I hiked up Mount Lee to the Hollywood sign. Before I left I did my research about where to park and how long of a hike it would be. To my surprise some of the information was incorrect. The hike was supposed to be only a 3 mile round trip hike, it ended …

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Donald J. Trump’s Presidential Address to Congress

Tonight I watched the Presidential address to congress and I have to admit that it was one of his better speeches. He didn’t seem to spew much of the rhetoric we heard on the campaign trail, but rather seemed to focus on what it would take to make America great again. One of my favorite …

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Pan for Gold

Hollywood should learn how to get real gold. Here is a kit to get them started.

第89回アカデミー賞授賞結果 / Oscars Winners 2017

【作品賞】 「ムーンライト」 【監督賞】 デイミアン・チャゼル「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【主演男優賞】 ケイシー・アフレック「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 【主演女優賞】 エマ・ストーン「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【助演男優賞】 マハーシャラ・アリ「ムーンライト」 【助演女優賞】 ヴィオラ・デイヴィス「フェンシズ」 【長編アニメ映画賞】 「ズートピア」 【短編アニメ映画賞】 「ひな鳥の冒険」 【脚本賞】 ケネス・ロナーガン「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 【脚色賞】 バリー・ジェンキンズ、タレル・アルヴィン・マクレイニー「ムーンライト」 【撮影賞】 リヌス・サンドグレン「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【美術賞】 デヴィット・ワスコ、サンディ・レイノルズ・ワスコ「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【音響編集賞】 「メッセージ」 【録音賞】 「ハクソー・リッジ」 【編集賞】 ジョン・ギルバード「ハクソー・リッジ」 【視覚効果賞】 「ジャングル・ブック」 【歌曲賞】 City of Stars 「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【作曲賞】 ジャスティン・ハーウィッツ「ラ・ラ・ランド」 【衣装デザイン賞】 コリーン・アトウッド「ファンタスティック・ビーストと魔法使いの旅」 【メイク・ヘアスタイリング賞】 「スーサイド・スクワッド」 【外国語映画賞】 インド「セールスマン」 【短編実写映画賞】 「シング」 【長編ドキュメンタリー賞】 「O.J:メイド・イン・アメリカ」 【短編ドキュメンタリー賞】 「ホワイト・ヘルメット -シリアの民間防衛隊-」

「ラ・ラ・ランド」は6部門を授賞

惜しくも作品賞を逃した最多14部門でノミネートされていた「ラ・ラ・ランド」ですが、 監督賞、主演女優賞、撮影賞、美術賞、作曲賞、歌曲賞と6部門で授賞しました。

第89回アカデミー賞授賞式、前代未聞のミス!

  作品賞は「ムーンライト」 でもその前に一波乱。 最初「ラ・ラ・ランド」が呼ばれ関係者一同がステージに上がり「ありがとう」スピーチをしている最中に 何やら後ろがザワザワ怪しい雰囲気に。 「これは間違いだ。「ムーンライト!君達がベスト作品賞だ。これはジョークじゃない」 とオスカーベスト作品賞が書いてある封筒を掲げて発表。 バックステージで封筒の渡し間違いがあったそうだ。 長い歴史の中で1度もなかった前代未聞のミス! なんだか落ち着かないままで、2017年のアカデミー賞授賞式は幕を閉じました。

The End of the 89th Academy Awards

We leave you with these images as the Oscars come to a close.

The Kumachan Sticker on Hollywood Boulevard

The Kumachan Sticker has been placed on Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for the Oscars. Here are some photos of its appearance.

Chinese Theater

My first time I went to Hollywood I was surprised that there was a Chinese Theater there. I felt it was really strange. Why would there be a Chinese Theater? Is there an American Theater somewhere in China? Here are some photos of the Chinese Theater.

And the Award for Best Photographer Goes To:

And the award for the best photographer goes to: The Kumachan

Dolby Theater

The Dolby Theater is such a nice venue to hold the Oscars.

Oscar Interviewers

Here are some photos of different interviews and interviewers going on for the Oscars. Anytime is a good time to Tweet about the Oscars!

Interview for the Oscars

Walking in front of the Chinese Theater there was an interview going as they were walking down the street for the Oscars.

Wonka

Where can I get a Golden Ticket? Update: March 15th, 2017 I found a golden ticket. You can get it from here: Where to get a Golden Ticket

Ripley’s Believe it or Not in on the Red Carpet Action

Everybody is getting into the 89th Academy Awards. Even Ripley’s Believe it or Not is getting in on the action.

Stage is set for the 89th Academy Awards

Checks and double checks have been done in preparation for the 89th Academy Awards.

Security at the Oscars

This year security was tight at the Oscars. They blocked off sections that were open for the last couple of years. There were more drop cloth to keep things more hidden than usual.

Dev Patel is off to get an Oscar

Dev Patel, who has played many roles such as Slumdog Millionaire is going to get an Oscar for the role in Lion.

Hollywood Elites

This year with it being an election year, I’m really not looking forward to these pampered, privileged, overpaid Hollywood elites who take the time to pat themselves on the back for doing their job. They get dressed up in fancy clothes, eat expensive food, and show the world how they don’t live by the same …

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Oscars Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars which will be interesting because he will make some jokes about the nominees and will have a blast doing so.

HOLLYWOODサイン

アカデミー賞授賞式前日に、有名な「HOLLYWOOD」のサインの裏側を見にハイキングして来ました。 3マイル(約5㎞)と表示してあって気軽な気持ちで登ったのに、結局10マイル(約16㎞)歩いてましたよぉ〜! 子供の足だと3時間も掛かって登頂!(途中迷ったし^^;しかも娘は靴を忘れてサンダル履き) お腹空いてボロボロだったけど、山頂は気持ち良くいい経験になりました♪ 登ってみたい方はここを参考に Home HOLLLYWOOD SIGHN HIKE (ハリウッドサイン・ハイキングコース) 3204 Canyon Lake Dr Hollywood, CA 90068

Oscars change up

Due to the small spacing of the Oscars last year, there are going to be a more bigger and a tarp that is going to be implemented in this years’ Oscars Red Carpet.

第89回アカデミー賞ノミネート作品 / 2017 Oscar Nominations

第89回アカデミー賞授賞式は、現地時間の2月26日7pm/4pm、ハリウッドのドルビーシアターで開催されます。 日本では、WOWOWで2/27(月)午前10時から生中継されるそう。 注目は「ラ・ラ・ランド」が最多14ノミネート!さて幾つ獲得するでしょう〜? 日本で大ヒットしたアニメ映画「君の名は」 全米では2017年4月公開予定のため、残念ながら今年の対象作品ではありません。 来年ノミネートされたらいいですね!期待しましょう〜♪ 今年のホストはジミー・キンメル。 日本では無名ですが、アメリカではABCトーク番組の人気司会者&コメディアンです。 ノミネート作品 【作品賞】 メッセージ フェンス ハクソー・リッジ 最後の追跡 ヒドゥン・フィギュアズ ラ・ラ・ランド LION/アイオン〜25年目のただいま マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー ムーンライト 【監督賞】 ドゥニ・ヴィルヌーヴ「メッセージ」 メル・ギブソン「ハクソー・リッジ」 デイミアン・チャゼル「ラ・ラ・ランド」 ケネス・ロナーガン「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 バリー・ジェンキンス「ムーンライト」 【主演男優賞】 デンゼル・ワシントン「フェンス」 アンドリュー・ガーフィールド「ハクソー・リッジ」 ライアン・ゴズリング「ラ・ラ・ランド」 ヴィゴ・モーテンセン「はじまりへの旅」 ケイシー・アフレック「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 【主演女優賞】 イザベル・ユペール「エル」 ルース・ネッガ「ラビング 愛という名前のふたり」 ナタリー・ポートマン「ジャッキー/ファーストレディ 最後の使命」 エマ・ストーン「ラ・ラ・ランド」 メリル・ストリーブ「マダム・フローレンス!夢見るふたり」 【助演男優賞】 マハーシィアラ・アリ「ムーンライト」 ジェフ・ブリッジス「最後の追跡」 ルーカス・ヘッジズ「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 デヴ・パテル「LION/ライオン〜25年目のただいま」 マイケル・シャノン「ノクターナル・アニマルズ」 【助演女優賞】 ヴィオラ・デイヴィス「フェンス」 ミシェル・ウィリアムズ「マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー」 オクタヴィア・スペンサー「ヒドゥン・フィギュアーズ」 ナオミ・ハリス「ムーンライト」 ニコール・キッドマン「LION/25年目のただいま」 【脚本賞】 最後の追跡 ラ・ラ・ランド ロブスター マンチェスター・バイ・ザ・シー 20センチュリー・ウーマン …

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Jimmy Kimmel Live After the Academy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel Live is supposed to be live following the Academy Awards, but the show has already aired on the ABC app. and it starts out with Jimmy in a back alley and he pays Billy Crystal money for an Oscar, but it turns out to be Oscar the Grouch and Jimmy screams, “This is …

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Meryl Streep Wins Oscar for What?

Spoiler Alert: Meryl Streep wins an Academy Award because Hollywood are a bunch of douches who liked her rant about Donald Trump. Talk about an over rated actress!

Are the Oscars Prerecorded?

Yesterday I went to Hollywood to take some photos before the Oscars that are to start today at 4 PM Pacific time. This morning I woke up and watched Jimmy Kimmel Live at 8 AM, but his show is supposed to be live after the Oscars. How did he have recordings of people walking the …

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Oscars 2017

This year I’m not really excited about the Academy Awards as I have been in the past. I think I have heard about all I want to hear from Hollywood and movie stars to are obviously privileged and overpaid. Especially since this was an election year and I heard numerous Hollywood elites say that because …

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Roses in La Jolla, California

While in La Jolla I was walking down the street and saw these beautiful roses. I just had to stop and snap some photos of them.

Model Tatiana – Hippie Photo Shoot

I went on a photo shoot with, Tatiana, one of the models from the previous Boarder X Brewery event that I took photos at. This was different as it was more in nature and more one-on-one, but I think we got some really good photos. She is a pleasure to work with and as I …

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Southern Cops Have a Way With Words

These are actual comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were taken off their car videos: 1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.” 2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.” 3. “If you take your hands …

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Sights Around the Imperial Beach Pier

Took a walk on the Imperial Beach pier and took some photos of different things around the area. Here are those photos:

Comic Book Street Names

Today I was driving down the street and I turned on the corner of Gotham and Xavier and thought to myself, obviously the people responsible for naming those streets are fans of comic books.

Historical Old Photos in Color

Henry Ford, 1919 Cornell Rowing Team 1914 Brothers Robert Kennedy, Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy and John F. Kennedy outside the Oval Office. Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield Two Boxers after a fight Brooklyn Bridge in 1904 Louis Armstrong plays to his wife, Lucille, in Cairo, Egypt 1961 An Oklahoman farmer during the great dust bowl in …

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Bikes, Babes, and Beer…Oh My!

Went to an event at Boarder X Brewery in San Diego, California that had bikes, models, and it was at a brewery so it had beer. Talk about an excellent combination. Here was one one the models that was posing in front of the vehicles.

West Coast Cars

Went to an event tonight were there were some tricked out West Coast cars with hydraulics, low riders, and some motorcycles. It was my first time ever seeing anything like this so I tried to capture the cars in the best light. Here are some of my photos from the event.

Working Mammals

Drove over to San Diego to see the pens where the United States Navy holds and cares for dolphins. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the United States Navy gives these dolphins the very best care that they can give them, but it made me think about if the Navy should be …

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