Eclipse Eclipsed.

I spent the last 24 hours out in Sheshan, in southwest Shanghai, where I was covering the eclipse for a dispatch that should be out shortly. Below, an image of a few of the several hundred observers who gathered atop the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (built by the Jesuits in the 1890s, and operated by them until the 1950s). In…

Sapporo Clock Tower

After dinner, the daylong rain stopped and I decided to enjoy what remains of my time here by taking a random stroll through the downtown. Along the way, I came across this: The sign out front of the building includes some interesting history: The “Tokedai” [clock tower] was originally built as a drill hall for…

Pachinko Scrap!

Just when I think I’ve seen everything, somebody takes me to a factory devoted to the recycling of pachinko machines. In the foothills beneath Mount Fuji. For now, I’m going to have to hold off on saying – and showing – much more than that. Merely keep in mind that the most valuable disassembled components…