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Pillowlando MMX

I found out about this event just a few hours before the start of it, a friend had shown me the main page and since I had nothing else to do, decided to head out to it. It was a pretty fun event with around a 100 or so people ranging from young to old and in various states of dress. One women came in sleepware and her face in a beauty mask swinging wildly at the crowd of people while others just came as them selves. Some of the participants came prepared for battle with pillow armor and helmets while others formed teams to protect each other. Overall it brought a smile to my face to see people just out and having fun with random strangers and it really helped that it was an utterly gorgeous day. Before I left my house, it was partially overcast, but by time I reached Downtown Orlando, the clouds parted and a beautiful blue sky appeared. Check back, as I’ll be adding some stills from the event! Now for the offical blurb:

Crowds of people gathered in front of the Orlando County Regional History Center at 5pm Saturday, April 3rd to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day. After half-an-hour of fighting, the whistle to stop was finally blown leaving participants drenched in sweat. The overall event celebrated across the world featured random strangers gathering in cities as ar away as Accra, Ghanna to Zurich, Germany to create a massive pillow fight. Information about the event was primarily spread through social media sites: Twitter and Facebook,as well as a main webpage, www.pillowfightday.com.

B.A.P.S Temple

Of all of the temples, shrines, and places of worship that I’ve been to, the B.A.P.S Temple has been one of the most impressive temples I’ve ever been to. The temple is made out of imported Italian marble and was completely carved by hand and then erected using nothing but inner connecting lock pieces. The level of details and then placement; the temple is located right next to a Publix grocery store and 24/7 CVS Pharmacy and then you have this amazingly intricate temple juxtaposed against these commercial  entities, it’s utterly mind boggling.

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Book!

I just finished finalizing my book and it’s available for purchase on Blurb! It’s an 80 page hardcover image wrapped book filled to the brim with full bleed photos from my time in Japan. From architecture to people, the images cover it all and I’ve managed to get it into a design competition called Ligature. Follow the badge to see and even order my book!

By Rayiaz Khan

Kyoto

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Avatar

I went to the last showing of Avatar in 3D IMAX at Pointe Orlando, last night Tuesday, and I’ve never been more floored by a movie in my life. The visuals, the visuals, my god, are incredible. Cameron went beyond anything I’ve ever seen before in my life and taking it all in on an 80 foot wide IMAX screen just blew me away. To see Pandora in such detail and in 3d is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The battle scenes and just pans showing the gorgeous alien landscape has really left me speechless, while Nolan’s, The Dark Knight, made extensive use of IMAX cameras, Cameron has really pushed everything to a whole different level. Also the story while featuring a plot that’s not very new, Cameron and the actors he chose for the roles do an incredible job of pulling audiences in and holding them on the edge of their seats. I know for one, me and my friends had a few moments where we were right on the edge of our seats rooting for the Na’vi. There are a few tear jerkers in the movie as well and I’m especially not one that gets emotional at movies. There were a few parts in the movie that seemed to make it draw on a little bit, but was soon remedied by either more fantastic shots of Pandoran scenery or intense action scenes. In all this is perhaps one of the best movie’s I’ve seen in quite a long time and had my jaw on the floor the entire time. Walking out the theater, myself and other film viewers all walked out with smiles on our faces and remarking just how good this movie is. If there is just one movie you see this year, make it this one and make sure to take it all in on a 3d IMAX screen. Ticket’s may be a bit pricey, but by all means, it’s worth it.

Linda and Larry

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Tokyo Street

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Night Time Sakura

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