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tent city tent city
this is where the fuji rockers slept
fuji star fuji star
my happy comi-shirt in the tent city
three of jay cubed three of jay cubed
manox heyzues chewy, mattman yashew, and maxman jeebus. (pic by saxman jesus jesse).
the red marquee the red marquee
this is where all the best "indie" acts performed
fuji slant fuji slant
the world starts to turn when you are fuji rockin'.
the slant the slant
watch we rock it, M'K?
ruji rockers ruji rockers
the kiwi lady, me, saxman jesus jesse, and mad man max.
who am i am? who am i am?
the lights are so pretty
we are the we are the
makes some noise ya'll

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oh yessss! oh yessss!
sashimi from our first dinner in hakone. truely heavenly.
japanese room japanese room
this is a picture of our hotel room in hakone, a few hours west of tokyo, in the mountains of japan.

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the spring the spring
this is a pic of the cherry blossoms of japan during the transitional period between winter and spring. this particular tree was in tokyo.
cherry coi cherry coi
this is a pic of a puddle of coi wishing for some bread but only finding cherry blossoms.
cherry tunnel cherry tunnel
tokyo, springing forward.
sci-fi boat sci-fi boat
the futuristing river bus in tokyo, cherry blossoming trees lining the river.
build me up build me up
a small building surrounded by looming sky scrapers in tokyo.
tokyo gods tokyo gods
a series of small, concrete statues, donning red hoods and holding colorful spining fans, surrounding a buddha who is holding tiny children, with an old monklike statue (with a huge head) watching over it all. tokyo.
pagoda pagoda
a huge pagoda at the shinto-cum-buddhist shrine in central tokyo.
buddhas of japan buddhas of japan
buddhas from outside the shinto-cum-buddhist temple in central tokyo.
bloomin' cherry bloomin' cherry
a pic from the imperial gardens outside the emperors palace in tokyo.
hey hey hey! hey hey hey!
the crazy japanese chef, no wonder the fat buddha is so happy.
tea house tea house
a traditional tea house in the imperial gardens of tokyo.
wako wako
the wako shop, famed for its window displays, with a reflection of the genzi shopping area of tokyo.
tradition? tradition?
the closes thing i saw to a "traditional" street marketeer in tokyo.
wish blocks wish blocks
wish blocks, upon which people write there wishes before tying the wooden blocks to a designated area outside the shinto shrine, tokyo.

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burning for prayer burning for prayer
this is a picture of a wall outside a temple in chengdu, china.
mao mao
there he is, mr. mao china...
china? china?
this is a pic from shanghai, china, of an old building, built circa 1913 by a dutch man i believe (but don't quote me on that).
mnt. cement mnt. cement
a cement factory in the mountains between yunnan and sichuan provences, a hill dwelling chinese mother herds in the forground.
a gate a gate
this is the gate in the middle of kunming, southern china.
the the
this is a typical scene in the tourist country side of china. this pic is from hangzhou, two hours south of shanghai, a city built picturesqely, in the "old style of china" but in the last 10 years for chinese tourists.
the lijiang fam the lijiang fam
from right, me, papa naxi, jon (the cheeky brit), annabell (the crazy israeli), and mama naxi, the mama of the traveler on their way through lijiang, china.
jade dragon mountain jade dragon mountain
the view from across the tiger leaping gorge to the jade dragon mountain range, over the yangzi river, in yunnan, southern china.
keekerdoodles keekerdoodles
a picture of kira in hangzhou, cherries ablossom behind her.
keeks keeks
a fun shot of lady in action, kira in shanghai.
lil' buddhas lil' buddhas
a picture of a stone, 3 foot tall, 6 foot long, on the street in the "old town" of chengdu.
disparity disparity
china, asleep, and behind the wheel?
namo guan xur yin namo guan xur yin
a picture of quan yin, from a temple on the way to tiger leaping gorge from lijiang.
old and new old and new
the ancient as the anticedent, chengdu china.
a view of the old a view of the old
this is the old style of housing, now largely destroy, throughout the cities of china, only small glimpses remaining. this was taken on a descruction site in chengdu.
old lady at work old lady at work
turn this pic if you can. this is an old lady carrying a heavy load on her back, in a small village outside of dali, yunnan province, southern china.
old man old man
an old man listens to some off screen musician during the pre-housewarming party in the small village outside of dali.
panda babies panda babies
this is a pic of the panda babies (two up top, on on the middle level, all butt shots, and a profile on the lower level of the climbing structure), in the panda habitat in chengdu.
the path of the clouds the path of the clouds
a cliff overhang on the path of the clouds, in the mountains above dali.
party prep party prep
a huge wok, pre-party food prep, for the house warming of a village government official, in a small town outside of dali.
red pandas red pandas
this cute lil' guys show the connection between pandas and racoons (which they are closer related to than bears). the red panda is about the size of a racoon, and increadibly playful. chengdu panda reserve.
park it park it
a park in shanghai, cherries bloomin'.
lijiang lijiang
the night time streets of the touristic modern "old style" chinese town of lijiang.
temple on the hill temple on the hill
the beautiful architecture of the temple on the mountain side above dali.
temple time temple time
a temple on the way from lijiang to tiger leaping gorge.
the village the village
the villagers all gather for the feast at the house warming outside of dali.
our table our table
our elderly chinese companions at our table for the feast durring the house warming party outside of dali.
the hills outside of dali the hills outside of dali
the rocky like mountains ouside of dali.
modernization? modernization?
the rubble of the old two story brick houses of shanghai with the sky scraping appartment complexes looking behind.
truckin' truckin'
a villagers semi, in the hillside village above dali.
traditional chinese traditional chinese
some traditional chinese folks at a street market on our way from lijiang to tiger leaping gorge.
old village old village
traditional brick village outside of dali.
wedgytables wedgytables
a meanduring vegetable vendor in chendgu.
yack yack
yack butter tea, mama naxi's, lijiang.

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Nha Trang Nha Trang
this is a pic from the beach at nha trang, vietnam, the first stop on my travel north through to china.
a house in hoi an a house in hoi an
this is an example of the beautiful houses of hoi an, vietnam.
california? california?
as we drove up the coast of vietnam at times i could have sworn i had never left the coast of california.
fish market fish market
the ladies of the fish market in hoi an, note the vietnamese style hats, and such funny sweet ladies they were.
fishin' fishin'
a couple fishing on the river outside of hoi an. what you can't see in this pic is the fact that they are both no younger than 60, and the womans mouth is black from the beatle nut.
the flags the flags
the flags of hoi an, outside a temple, with an example fo the typical yellow of hoi an buildings.
my son my son
the temple outside of hoi an, at my son (pronounced, me san), vietnam, built during the angkor period, hindu.
streets of hanoi streets of hanoi
the beautiful and narrow streets of hanoi, capital of vietnam.
temple on the lake temple on the lake
7:00am, after an overnight train from hue to hanoi, fog lifting, a temple on the lake.

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bilding scar bilding scar
pic by laughlin. this is an example of a building scar where an old smaller building has been torn down to make way for a larger building to be built.
chinese new years dragons chinese new years dragons
pic by laughlin. examples of the dragons that adorned le loi street on the last day of the three day lunar new years celebration.

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dragon fruit dragon fruit
pic by laughlin. this is an example of the strange dragon fruit, which evidently is a succulent to boot.
the whole (e) mackerel the whole (e) mackerel
pic by laughlin. this is the mackerel in tomato sweet and sour sauce. nummers.
follow laughlin's gut follow laughlin's gut
pic by laughlin. this is the rice patties (in the background), and the marinated beef rapped around lemon grass sprigs and marinated. there is a bottle of taung ot next to the rice patties.
foodums foodums
pic by laughlin. garlick flowers on the left, marinated beef on "fragrant flowers" on the right.
what the pho what the pho
pic by laughlin. this is an example of the amazing pho described in "what the pho."

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everyone wants a pic with augustus everyone wants a pic with augustus
pic by laughlin. this is one of the many folks that wanted a pic with aug. agrippa is the other man in the pic, both aug and agrippa are looking at the crowd of people starring and pointing at them. this girls smile was priceless, and kinda scary.
me and the ancient one me and the ancient one
pic by laughlin. this was one of the folks dressed up and wondering around on new years, i am so jelous of his facial hair.
fire works fire works
pic by laughlin. what i am i looking at? the fireworks are in the other direction, silly me.
new years fesivities new years fesivities
pic by laughlin. this captures how packed the streets were, and how crazy/fun everything was.
here's looking at you kid here's looking at you kid
pic by laughlin. view from the 24th story, at night, obviously. the opera house is in the lower right hand corner, the french government style building in the lower left.
the crowd goes wild the crowd goes wild
pic by laughlin. this shows how everyone was starring at the gusto with the mosto. you might recognize the girl with the unforgettable smile is among them.

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bantae srea bantae srea
this is a picture of the highly detailed temple that is a ways north of the main angkor wat area. the carvings on these temples also adorn a bar in siem reap, called "the temple bar", which made me question the authenticity of the s carvings.
gut eater gut eater
this is one of the more suggestive pics from bantae srea.
hanumans relatives hanumans relatives
there seemed to be a theme of powerful human like monkeys, not unlike hanuman and his theoretical relatives, and often humans are with them. the headstone carving under the monkeys is pretty amazing as well.

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a sea of antenai a sea of antenai
it was trippy to see all these wooden huts lining the maekong as we floated into vietnam, all adorned with antena.
river livers river livers
no space goes to waste, as there are plenty of houses built right on the maekong as it flows to the see through its last country. you cant tell in this picture, but there are even people sleeping on simple wooden decks with only a tarp above them. (if you can zoom in, they are in the middle of the houses, among the hiasinth [sp?]).

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