Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Fall Color In Kakunodate

Kakunodate is a small Japanese town in the north of Honshu island. It's famous for featuring a preserved section that dates to the Samurai era. Traditional Japanese houses, minimalist with tatami mats and lanes lined with dark wood fencing. Any time of year is good for a visit, timing it for fall color is special.

Taking a stroll down one of the fenced streets.


A gate leading to a Samurai house and the fall color, bragging.

People dress up in traditional Japanese outfits and come make an afternoon of it, snapping themselves in the classic environment. Time to get your obis on, ladies.


Nice details, a carved eave and another entrance.

Go ahead, get the full experience, hop a rickshaw.


More leaf porn. And the ladies again: old setting, modern selfies.

Looking like a train set model of old Japan.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Petroleum Museum Of Sarawak

In the town of Miri, there's a hilltop museum devoted to oil. It's located in the area where oil was first discovered in the early 1900s, putting Miri and the state of Sarawak on the map.

As titled, the Grand Old Lady. This oil well drilling rig is the star of the show, the actual rig used during the discovery of oil until the area's retirement from the oil business in 1972.


At the bottom of the Lady, hard work preserved.  Inside the museum, lots of exhibition space. People, not so much.

Deep sea oil platform model.


Old school tools, reinforcing the hard work involved in oil production.

Next to the Grand Old Lady, a pump jack.