I´ve found that there is a sugoi (very impressive) fountain in Hakata (博多), Fukuoka prefecture (福岡県) in Kyushuu (九州) island.
This fountain is in a shopping centre, Canalcity and the falling water makes patterns, messeges and drawings. This is an invention of a Japanese fountain company, Koei, using a new technology called space printer and the fountain in Canalcity Fukuoka is the model, Mizu no Kaaten 2009 (水のカーテン2009 / water curtain 2009).
I don´t know much about system and technologies but this company does sugoi and interesting jobs.
But first, enjoy the falling water magic.
Canalcity Fukushima is also famous for its unique design which won the "Good Design Award" in 1996. Yup, it looks quite spacy that reminds me somehow Gundam.
The arquitecture is beautiful, especially in the evening. They have another fountain that does some spectacle water shows but actually, I´m more interested in this water curtain, I think "space printer" is a quite unique technology to do.
I´m not a big fan of those huge shopping centres, they give me a headache. But I like to visit there, it´s been a while since I visited Fukuoka last, and it was rather sad trip.
Oh, I love the raamen in Hakata, too. This is something you mustn´t miss when you have a chance to go to Hakata. Hmm, now I feel like going there for a bowl of raamen, I mean for the water curtain.
More Japanese designs
He takes nude photos. He is very good at ripping young girls clothes off without touching them. Some how, once standing in front of Araaki´s camera, most of the girls feel like taking clothes off. Why? I didn´t get it.
He likes tying.
He likes kimono and tying up.
He drews womanliness.
Singer Ringo Shina
For me his eroticism was too raw and twisted, which never had been my favorite photographer. I simply thought Araaki was an ero oyaji (エロオヤジ / pervert). I even wondered how is possible girls and women want to be taken sensual photos by an aged not-handsome man like him. When Björk came to Japan and had a photo session with a magazine, she requested a photographer to be Araaki.
He was like Terry Richardson, selling eroticism and the images are quite raw. When I saw Terry Richardson´s photos for the first time, reminded me a lot of Araaki.
This Araaki phobia continued until I saw one book at a bookshop. The photo on the front cover caught my eyes and I pick it up.
The book was called ¨Sacchin¨ (さっちん)
Sacchin sounded to me a girl´s name but turned out to be a boy´s.
Arraki took a life in Tokyo in late ´50´s through this boy Sacchin. A boy just like any one else.
As a mischievous boy, he does all sort of silly things in front of the camera, or perhaps he wasn´t even so conscious about it. I was with this boy, running around, I could almost hear him laughing. Then, I turned the book over. There, it was the name, Nobuyoshi Araki. I was shocked.
It was full of warmth in the photos, the trust and joyful moment. I saw completely different Araaki there. I almost saw him in Sacchin.
But it was just a beginning of understanding Araaki world.
So it was natural I picked a photo book of cat, called ¨Itoshi no Chiro (愛しのチロ/ my dearest Chiro)¨
Chiro was his cat. He loved it so much that he published various books about her.
In the books, you can also see Araaki´s daily life. Despite of his crazy dynamic appearance, his life seems to be calm and warm.
He love Chiro so much that documented her last few months and published as a book. In his life, Araaki had to send off two most loved ones, first his wife, Yoko and then Chiro.
He met his future wife Yoko when he was still working in a well-known advertisement company. From the day Araaki met Yoko, he took photos of her until the day of her funeral.
They were always together, they travelled and Araaki kept taking photos, he just could not stop taking photos of her.
She says in her book ¨Aijo seikatsu (愛情生活/ Love life)¨ that
¨Living is a sentimental journey and for him (Araaki), taking photos is the sentimental journey¨
He didn´t stop taking photos, maybe it was because they both knew since they met that they wouldn´t have much time. So they had run through their moment.
I saw her in big prints in Barbican in London. He didn´t even use the frames and most of the photos were put up with pins directly to the wall. It made me smiled. It was something Araaki would do. Yoko was there, she was beautiful. I think she was the most beautiful model between all.
Araaki himself says that he could never be able to take any better portrait than he did with Yoko.
Araaki´s most favorite two ladies.
Honey moon trip
Even after the cancer advanced in Yoko´s body, this Japanese photographer didn´t stop taking photos, as if he could stop losing his loved one by doing it.
Only I could see in those photos was his love. Full of feelings, his kindness and appreciation. I was so touched and yet, it was painful to see.
Now I understand why women trust him and he has a facility to have them in naked. He make them believe that they are the only and the most beautiful woman in the world. It maybe a moment but he can make them believe.
Araaki´s sentimental journey continues without any company as his wife Yoko predicted. Nobuyoshi Araki is one of my favorite Japanese photographer and I can strongly recommend to see.