Happy SUNday! – Dolls from Yokohama and more.

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When Carol and I lived in Yokohama in the late 1970s, a wonderful local artist made these dolls for us. We’ve kept them in a glass display cabinet all of these years and they remind us of how much we enjoyed our time there. Such artistry! Dolls photographed with my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera.

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Morning glory on the garden shed – Yokohama 1978. The door was salvaged from the local Navy Lodge from their vast trove of bits and pieces in the maintenance office. This image is scanned from a picture I took with my Kodak EK4 instant camera on Kodak film. Kodaks brief foray into instant photography.

Unrelated to the dolls, here’s the garden shed that I built for Carol. The Housing Office on the Navy base that we lived on in the Naka ward in Yokohama had free wood that you could use for projects such as this and the fence you see to its right. The lumber was free and so was the paint – only one color was available so everything was painted the same color in the neighborhood!

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Stacked sky high!

While on a walkabout on the backstreets in our neighborhood we discovered this “wall” of crates just outside of a bar. The image was taken with my Canon F-1 on Kodachrome film – 1978.

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Tamiya Martini Racing 935 Porsche – 1977

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High-quality 1:12 scale Tamiya model. Photographed with a Canon F-1 with Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Kodachrome. Assembled and photographed at my home in Honmoku, Yokohama in 1979.

Tamiya models were always the best! The only thing I left off was the red air dam stripe and I swapped the Martini decal for a Porsche decal above the grill.

These kits unassembled and still new in the box go for around $350 to $450 USD.

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The original cover art for the model.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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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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A Face in a Crowd – WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

We went deep into our archives for these two images in response to this week’s challenge – A Face in a Crowd –

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Taken along a typical busy shopping street in Sugita, Japan (just south of Yokohama) in the late 1970s. If you look closely you can see the faces of at least two women inside looking out.

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One of our favorite images from our time living in Japan in the late 1970s. The face of the bus driver is clearly seen as he is busy checking me out in his rearview mirror.

Hope you enjoyed our contribution to this week’s challenge. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit our online shop at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

C&C ^.^

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Our House – Honmoku, Yokohama 1977

As a tie-in to a recent post by our friend Peggy at Camera Go Camera of our old neighborhood (US Navy Area 2 Military Base Housing) in Japan. Here’s a picture of our house at 283-D Area 2 after a rare light snowfall.

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Our US Navy base house in Honmoku, Naka-Ku, Yokohama from May 1977 to February 1980. We were the last Navy family to live there as the US Navy was in the process of turning over control of the land to the Japanese Government.

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US Navy housing Area 2 looking east towards the bay. This part of Yokohama was still very industrial in the late 1970s. Our house is the blue two-story in the middle left. This shot was taken on a nice and steamy hot August day.

Camera: Canon F-1 on Kodachrome 25 color slide film

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris and Carol

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ABBA / Arrival – Japan

Here’s one of our favorite groups ever! and this LP is still in its original sleeve from the record store in Yokohama (Motomachi) that we purchased it from in 1977.

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It seemed fitting that we would purchase this album upon arriving to commemorate year one of our three years in Japan. At ¥2500 it was about $17! Big time money in 1977!

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Actually BA AB

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For your money you received a protective sleeve and the complete lyrics as well as an enhanced pressing.

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A simple time for simple music!

Chris and Carol ^.^

Shop Dog

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Shop dog keeping a watchful eye on me as I pass through his territory. 

Honmoku, Naka-ku, Yokohama late 1970s. One of my favorite images from that time period as the various shop dogs and cats were not easy to get pictures of. The late day sun helped to add depth to the composition.

Camera: Canon F-1 (1978 Version) with FD 80-200mm zoom lens on Kodachrome.

Chris