Happy Earth Day 2018!

Celebrate the Earth and all of its creatures –

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Do something nice for the Earth today!

Thanks, Chris and Carol

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Happy SUNday!

Our “stickered” Gremlin.

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Late 1970s AMC Gremlin

Have a beautiful weekend!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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Springtime in Naka-ku, Yokohama

Originally published in March 2017, here’s another look at our neighborhood in Yokohama. C&C ^.^

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Remembering back to our time living in Japan in the late 1970s. We lived in a small area of southern Yokohama near Sankei-en (gardens). The Naka Ward was home to a large US Navy family housing area and the ever popular Navy Exchange and Commissary. Avenue D, pictured below, was the main highway from Yokohama to the Navy base at Yokosuka. In our part of the housing area, these Sakura (below) had been planted as a joint project with the military families and the local community. After the long and dreary winter we looked forward to the blossoms and warmth that signaled Spring.

20354188489_fd0e7856e0_o (1) Sakura along Avenue D in the Naka Ward. Base housing to the left.

21087177073_aedba71f8f_o (1) Sankei-en in Spring. A short bicycle ride from our home so we visited often.

20256520930_b6efccc36a_o Carol spending her 100 yen wisely on a visit to Sankei-en.

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24 Yuki Station

A wonderful series from our good friend, fellow blogger, and camera fanatic. Give her site a visit and you’ll see why it’s one of our favorites. C&C

Walking, cycling, and driving around Ibaraki

This is one of two walks that start at Yuki Station. I completed both walks on the same day. Walk 25 is based on the business area and shops, this walk is based on the spiritual side of Yuki. I prefer this walk, but as I said in the other post I think you should take a bicycle and wander around the whole area. As Ibaraki is becoming much a more cycle loving area, it would be a great idea for someone to start a cycle rental cafe in this area too.

I definitely think you can do both walks easily, but there are spots on each walk that are not really worth the effort and some definitely are worth a longer perusal.

Here is the map for this walk.

I happened upon my first spot, number 2 as I was wandering around for the other walk. This is Gugyoji…

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Windowless Windows

The new Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport terminal under construction.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Chris and Carol ^.^

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The Curious Case of the Yashica ‘Olympic’* Camera

*No, not those Olympics.

New to us, this neat little Yashica L AF 35mm compact point and shoot film camera is from 1986 and sports an Olympic theme. In all the years that Carol and I have collected Yashica cameras we’ve never run across a Yashica that featured a logo not directly related to Yashica – until now.

We’re big fans of the L AF and we’ve reviewed it before. Field Test of the L AF

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We haven’t been able to find anything that relates to this logo – no other Yashica-Kyocera camera has one. And what exactly is “Camera America”? It looks like (somewhat) an official Olympic logo but without the 5 rings. Did Yashica-Kyocera invent it purely for a marketing campaign? The timing is off as the previous Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984 and the next wasn’t scheduled until 1988. Releasing an Olympic camera in 1986 just doesn’t make sense.

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The colors and fonts match in our opinion (see below) – the reds and golds match so it most likely was applied by the factory. As was typical with Yashica and Kyocera, no documentation exists for a “Camera America” version of anything nevermind an “Olympic Edition”.

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As we’ve said before the Yashica-Kyocera L AF is a low priced version of the more recognizable T* series of 35mm compacts and is a great camera for the money. If you run across one in working condition, by all means, give it a try.

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This one is a tad beat up and it hasn’t been tested yet but we expect it to do well. Once we squeeze some time out of our busy schedule we’ll have a go at it.

By the way, here’s a clip from the instruction booklet for the L AF – more than likely the date depicted matches the release date of the camera (or pretty close to it).

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A sticky 1986 Yashica-Kyocera case for the L AF

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Our first Yashica-Kyocera L AF

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The image was taken with the L AF on Fujicolor film

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The much more expensive version

Thanks for your visit. Have you ever seen an Olympic Yashica? Please share your comments if you have!

Chris and Carol ^.^

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