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YouTube Sex Videos - 1

YouTube Sex Videos – 1

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., General

I don’t know why, but my image of YouTube was that it was super conservative: a family friendly site with fun, strictly controlled content. Ha! Recently I have discovered a whole other STEAMY world over there at YouTube. There are videos there that are totally crazy – full of sex talk, nudity, and actual sex. Got

Finding Beauty in Japan with Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

Finding Beauty in Japan with Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

By Larry Knipfing | Fun &..., General, Photography

Experimenting with Intentional Camera Movement Over the past two years or so, I have been enjoying using ICM techniques. It’s not as easy as it sounds. The key points are: 1) Finding good subject matter, and 2) Coming up with beautiful or interesting photos. I think I am succeeding, and look forward to doing more

The Survivors of Mt. Obasute - A Love Story

The Survivors of Mt. Obasute – A Love Story

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, Writing

    The Ballad of Narayama If you’ve ever seen Shohei Imamura’s 1983′s stunning, The Ballad of Narayama, you will have an inkling (but only an inkling) of what my similarly themed, The Survivors of Mt. Obasute, is all about. Whereas Imamura’s tale takes place 200 or so years ago, my version of the practice

Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama - When Japan’s dance with the rest of the world began

Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama – When Japan’s dance with the rest of the world began

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, People

My wife Tomoko Kamishima, writing for Japan Tourist (www.japantourist.jp), has begun an intriguing series that she calls Foreign Footsteps in Yokohama. The concept is to go back in history, to the time after Commodore Perry’s black ships nudged Japan into opening her doors to the rest of the world in 1854. After the floodgates were

Filmspotting.net—The place to go for film lovers

Filmspotting.net—The place to go for film lovers

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., General, Japan

JAPAN & FILM Living in Japan, I don’t always have access to the movies I want to see: Most new releases are no longer new by the time they reach Japan Many movies never make it here at all. My local DVD shop is fairly limited in what they offer. Netflix doesn’t exist. Foreign films

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

Helen Keller’s Secret Life

By Larry Knipfing | Education, General, Japan, People

  Helen Keller interests me. She really does.   Helen died in 1968, and forty years later, she is still almost as famous and admired now as she was then. There is no doubting that Helen was truly great. And thinking about the handicaps she had to overcome, and what she was able to accomplish,

Photographing Japan: Felice Beato and Larry Knipfing

Photographing Japan: Felice Beato and Larry Knipfing

By Larry Knipfing | General, Japan, People, Photography

Felice Beato Felice Beato was the first foreign visitor to Japan to capture her images on film. He lived here from 1863 to 1884. A recent exhibition of his works at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Ebisu featured his Japan work as well as pieces from China, India, and Burma. You have probably

Feel Good Stories that Make Me Cry

Feel Good Stories that Make Me Cry

By Larry Knipfing | Education, Fun &..., General, People

Over the last two years or so, there have been three “feel good” stories on youtube that have brought tears to my eyes, no matter how many times I watch them.   1. Christian the Lion   Two guys in London buy a lion cub and raise him at home. They call the little darling