Visited a friend in the countryside – where we caught river frogs from a stream in his back yard for part of our lunch. Here he is in the stream, in a photograph using Impossible Project film (which doesn't develop well in the heat – still practicing for exposure, developing quirks and framing, but I liked this one). His house is the last in the village and backs on to the forest. He's even built himself an outside bath for watching the stars.
1970 Osaka Expo. Although I'm not a big fan of his work, there's no denying this sculpture's (Taiyo no To – Tower of the Sun) presence – it's huge and playful. There's light-up events only every so often, so we were lucky to be there when it was. LED-lit balloons had been put in the grass in front of the sculpture. (You can see the scale of the thing by the size of the silhouetted people in the second shot.)
Unconnected, here's a monk riding a motor bike there.
And here's a gun placement in the local area where stayed (Awaji) left over from the war, now used as an apartment and probably soon to be demolished. Coincidentally, a TV crew were visiting when I was, so I could explore a little closer, (allowed to share their permission to climb on the roof, as I said, friendlier and more easy-going than Tokyo.)