I never saw the skull originally because it wasn’t there originally. Just a Buddha and some plants. The shadows created by the flash of the Instax and the placement of the leaves left hollow eye sockets and the shape of a lower jaw. If I had been using a better camera the pareidolia wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t have needed to use a flash and the better resolution would make it easier to tell what is what.
Score one for shitty cameras with over-priced shitty film.
They’re called Uyoku Dantai. Far right nationalists. They travel around Tokyo, Osaka, and the other major cities harassing passersby and business with their loudspeakers, shouting their far right crap at full volume. You probably have some in your own town. You can recognize them by the small penis.
They are protected under Japanese free-speech laws. As I they should be, I figure. However, they continue to not get dinged under nuisance laws. I’m not sure if this is because Japan doesn’t have any, or if it’s because the mayors of Osaka and Tokyo, as well as the current ruling party of Japan, are cut from the same cloth.
The older fellow we talked to about them was pretty firm in his rejection of their ideals. He remembered the war. He wasn’t interested in living under fascists again.
The real shame was the handful of enraptured young men standing and listening to them who obviously felt otherwise.
The camera was the Instax Mini. They’re fun little things but the cost of the film far exceeds what you’re getting out of it. Maybe if you have more money than brains… Which I did when I bought it.