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Moe sports fan

Swimming is not just about the individuals but the team mates.

Matsuda Takeshi (l) recently placed second in the 200 meter butterfly behind Michael Phelps in the world swimming championship. I chose this photo because of the team love he’s showing with Sakata Ryuusuke.

The Chinese home team showed remarkable boy band attributes, and may have won a medal or two.

JR Characters (1 of 3)

JR Nakano station is always a people-watching pleasure. Less self-conscious than Harajuku and less desperate than Shibuya, Nakano’s station attracts the hip, the funky, and the downright strange. This is the first in a 3 part series of JR characters.

I love how nonchalant is this lady wearing a sparkly pink top, fluorescent blue skirt, several handbags, and a hat that will not stop. Japanese are so polite that no one stared, and I was the only one who immediately pulled out my camera.

The hat is a marvelous creation. Perched on top of the main quilted, multi-patterned hat, which nearly obscures her (?) face, there is a blue sequin mini-hat, pink butterfly wings, many feathers, a stuffed lady bug, and an over-sized candy inside a rolled up wrapper.

What other objects do you think would go with this hat?