Brian Kemper's TOP Google+ Photos for Jul 28 - Aug 11


published August 13 by  
This PERSONAL TOP contains ten of the most popular photos published publicly
by Brian Kemper on Google+ between July 28 and August 11, 2013.
1

Watermelons are a popular gift in Japan, and can get a bit pricey (especially the square ones). This batch was reasonably priced under 70 bucks a piece : )
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 7
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2

The sun peeking through the clouds in Tokyo Bay
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published July 28
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3

Kanazawa Station has a pretty amazing entrance that I haven't had a chance to shoot properly yet. Hopefully I will get the chance tomorrow!
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 1
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4

Soba artist
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 9
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5

Kanazawa Station - Part 2
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 6
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6

O-mikuji
The o-mikuji predicts the person's chances of his or her hopes coming true, of finding a good match, or generally matters of health, fortune, life, etc. When the prediction is bad, it is a custom to fold up the strip of paper and attach it to a pine tree or a wall of metal wires alongside other bad fortunes in the temple or shrine grounds. A purported reason for this custom is a pun on the word for pine tree (松 matsu) and the verb 'to wait' (待つ matsu), the idea being that the bad luck will wait by the tree rather than attach itself to the bearer. In the event of the fortune being good, the bearer has two options: he or she can also tie it to the tree or wires so that the fortune has a greater effect or he or she can keep it for luck. Though nowadays this custom seems more of a children's amusement, o-mikuji are available at most shrines, and remain one of the traditional activities related to shrine-going, if lesser.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-mikuji
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 9
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7

Vacation: Day 1 in Kanazawa
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 1
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8

Madame Tussauds' Lady Gaga in Odaiba
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published July 28
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9

A collection of trees from Kenroku-en in Kanazawa
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 8
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10

One more from Kenroku-en in Kanazawa
  • Photographer Brian Kemper
  • Published August 8
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