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Shinkansen

Going 186 mph between Osaka and Tokyo on a train is amazing. I want to do it again. Soon. These stats will blow minds.

From Wikipedia:

“Starting with the 210 km/h (130 mph) Tōkaidō Shinkansen in 1964, the now 2,459 km (1,528 mi) long network has expanded to link most major cities on the islands of Honshū and Kyūshū at speeds up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world record 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets in 2003.
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the world’s busiest high-speed rail line. Carrying 151 million passengers a year, it has transported more passengers (over 6 billion) than any other high speed line in the world. Between Tokyo and Osaka, the two largest metropolises in Japan, up to ten trains per hour with 16 cars each (1,300 seats capacity) run in each direction with a minimum of 3 minutes between trains.”

“決別” courtesy of Boris and Sony Music Entertainment

Seoul: Part 1

Seoul is one of the biggest cities in the world. When I got there, it was a frigid -10°C. Waking up to the sight of a skycraper and a snow-covered city outside my window was definitely unusual. After resting up for a bit, we got on a city tour bus that takes vistors around the perimeter of Seoul to all the major neighborhoods within the city loop. I just wanted to see how big Seoul had gotten since my last visit. I took to elevator to the top of Seoul Tower, the highest point in the city, to get a sense of where I was in relation to things. Seoul is big. Really big. Just the statistic that 1/3 of the South Korean population lives in Seoul boggles the mind. Next, we took a ride to Chang Deok Gung Palace. Built in 1405 as a secondary palace for the King, the architecture of Chang Deok Gung is laid out in harmony with the area’s topography and houses the King’s secret garden. Oh yeah, stuffed animal hats are super in right now.

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Irving Penn

Another master of modern photography Irving Penn will be greatly missed. These are two portraits that I continue to revisit. Click HERE to see a selection of his amazing images.


Yves Saint Laurent


Richard Avedon

Photographs by Irving Penn

>>>Click PORTFOLIO: IRVING PENN to view the entire gallery.