Canal City on Flickr.
Normally it’s laziness that keeps me from cleaning the dust off the scans. And for some of my shots, I think it looks better with the dust on it. This one, for example. But generally it’s laziness. There are a lot of tiny specks of dust in most scans of negatives because most people aren’t scanning in a sealed room while wearing a hazmat suit. Too much work.
This photo isn’t cleaned simply due to uncertainty. Is that a speck of dust or a satellite making a streak in the long exposure? That a bit of fluff or a cloud of smoke reflecting the city lights? That an eyelash or… Oh, it is an eyelash. Okay… Ehn. Whatever.
This is Fukuoka looking down the river towards the Canal City shopping mall. It’s a bit nicer than your average mall. It’s not laid out on a grid for one thing. Getting around can be confusing the first time because the escalators and stairs you’d think would lead you to an obvious certain exit takes you someplace else entirely. But once you figure it out you’re good to go. On the right across the foot bridge are the famous Hakata ramen stands. Classic Japanese experience, the ramen stall. Go in, sit on a stool with the other salarymen, order your ramen, pay, slurp, and make room for the next guy.
Historically Hakata is where the “Good People” who lived across the river in Tenjin went to play. And by “play” I mean, “drink, fight, and whore”. These days that side of the river seems to be anchored by Canal City and Hakata Station, which is the terminus of the various train routes in Kyushu. Around Tenjin is where people go to play now.
Great city, Fukuoka. If I had to live in Japan again, I think I’d be happy to live there. Large and varied but not overwhelming like Osaka or Tokyo.