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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ohtawara-shi By Night

This is a photo I took from the rooftop of my seven-story building Zuiko Haitsu in Ohtawara-shi, Tochigi-ken, Japan.

This is exactly what the evening sky looked like - zero enhancements on my lousy photographer's part.

You can see a tiny waxing crescent Moon on the edge of the orange and purple sky... and at 11 O'clock from it... is Venus. That's why I climbed to the roof... a doorway to it was locked... so I climbed an outside bannister where the hallway was and hoisted myself up onto the roof.

If I thought about doing that now, I would think I was crazy.

To get down, I hung down with my fingertips and stretched my feet down, ensuring they were on the inside of the handrail before letting go. It was worth the scrape to my back and strained muscles in my hand.

Andrew Joseph 

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