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By Landis Stokes | Film, pics, and other things I like

Nigerian Artist Spends Up to 200 Hours Creating Hyperrealistic Pencil Portraits

Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley creates hyperrealistic pencil art that captures the spirit of his subjects. His incredible portraits, which can take up to 200 hours to complete, are nuanced artworks that tell as much about Stanley’s patience and dedication as they do about the sitter.<p>Stanley’s …

Hokkaido 115 - Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri)

The Most Popular Snow Festival in Japan – Sapporo Snow Festival<p>Sapporo Snow Festival is an annual 7 days festival in Sapporo city, Japan in February …

George Takei: How ‘America First’ puts many of us last

It has been my life’s mission to ensure we learn important lessons from the past so that we don’t repeat them. That’s why this week, I presented a petition of support for Muslims in the USA, signed by more than 300,000 concerned Americans who oppose President Trump’s immigration ban, to the Muslim …

History

TOWER | Film about Survivors & Heroes of 1966 Univ. of Texas Shooting | Independent Lens

On what seemed like a typical summer day, August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened …

Why did I name it “Dear White People?”

“I have a problem with your title, like…why do you feel the need to tell black stories for white audiences and not for your own community?” A young …

The angry red panda that is Japan's new working woman

BBC News<p><b>Being kawaii - or cute - is a huge part of being a good Japanese girl, but what happens when you finally grow up? For decades Hello Kitty was Japan's ambassador of cute, but now an angry red panda is channelling the frustrations of ordinary working women.</b><p>In Japan, girls are taught etiquette …

This is the most highly anticipated camera of 2017

What’s the camera you are looking forward to? Are you upgrading your gear this year? There were several exciting announcements of cameras we can …

Cameras

What Is Kaiseki?

It’s become common for chefs like Corey Lee or Thomas Keller to cite <i>kaiseki</i> as an inspiration for their refined, tasting menu restaurants. But what …

Train ride through Nagasaki Lantern Festival looks like a trip to the world of Spirited Away【Vid】

Southern city’s lunar New Year celebration is even more <b>ethereally beautiful when viewed from the rails</b>.<p>Japan celebrates the new year on January 1, in …

Chinese New Year

Muslim, Jewish families share dinner after protest encounter captured in viral photo

The Yildirim family brought a gift when they arrived at Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell's home in Deerfield for Shabbat dinner on Friday.<p>It was a drawing by 7-year-old Meryem Yildirim depicting the moment at O'Hare International Airport that brought the two families together: two fathers — one Muslim …

We Asked People In Tokyo What They Wish Their Prime Minster Would Say To President Trump

“Don’t throw the world into too much fear and chaos.”<p>Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump will hold a summit meeting in Washington, DC, on Friday.<p>After the meeting, the two leaders will head to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Some critics have called it …

Pictures of the Week 2.9.17

Islamic State (ISIS)

A taste of freedom: black America in the 19th century – in pictures

An archive made public by Cornell University goes beyond the cliches of cotton-pickers to show African Americans embracing life after slavery

Black History

Kyoto: One Perfect Walk

<i>Photo courtesy Shu Nakada.</i><p><i>See the best of old Kyoto in one picture-perfect stroll.</i><p>This hillside walk lets you taste, touch, and see the historical Kyoto of stone-paved streets, traditional architecture, and tiled roofs you traveled so far to find. Three narrow streets by famous Kiyomizu Temple …

Japan

Best photographs of the day: sweeping, snow and swaddling

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, from snowfall in Kabul to sleep pods and swaddling in Japan

Sub-Saharan Africa

"Body Marbling" Is Body Painting's Trippy Cousin

This UV-reactive paint dip will turn your skin into a work of glowing art.<p>What happens when traditional Turkish paper art meets body painting and rave culture? Just ask Black Light Visuals, creators of a blacklight-reactive body marbling technique that’s making waves in the festival scene.<p>Body …

Artists

Incredible images from DJI's SkyPixel 2016 aerial photography competition

1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p>6<p>7<p>8<p>Incredible images from SkyPixel 2016 competition<p><i>SkyPixel, DJI's online aerial photo sharing platform, has shared the winners of its 2016</i> …

This River Makes a Rare Kind of Ice That Looks Like Diamonds

It's called "jewelry ice" by locals.<p>Every year, after the mouth of the Tokachi River freezes over and breaks off into the sea, the frigid ocean returns polished chunks of ice to the shore that look like gigantic diamonds.<p>Known as Tokachi river ice, jewel ice and jewelry ice, this beautiful …

Ansel Adams' Work on Japanese-American Internment at the Manzanar War Relocation Center

Ansel Adams…The Photography Legend<p>Ansel Adams was an American <b>Photographer</b> and <b>Environmentalist</b> who was born in San Francisco on the 20th of February, …

Pictures of the Week 2.2.17

Look at the Amazing Winners of a Nat Geo Photo Contest: Hard to Believe They Were Shot by "Kids"

Great photographers come in all nationalities, shooting styles, and ages, as you can see from these amazing images entered in the 2016 National …

United States

10 Daily Photo Project Ideas

Dear friend,I believe it is a good idea to shoot if each day were your last day.Which made me wonder; instead of working on these epic long-term …

Street Photography

Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown

Extraordinary readings pile pressure on operator Tepco in its efforts to decommission nuclear power station<p>Extremely high radiation levels have been recorded inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, almost six years after the plant suffered a triple meltdown.<p>The …

Energy

Japan Has a Word for ‘Working to Death’

A young woman’s suicide has sparked a backlash against the country’s labor conditions. But death by overwork is so common there’s even a word for it: karoshi.<p>TOKYO—On Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 2015, newly hired Ms. Matsuri Takahashi, 24, threw herself from the top floor of the dormitory of …

The Workplace

9 Incredible Landscape Images Trending Right Now

I try not to get caught up in the trending photo thing.I mean, I’ve seen a TON of amazing images that have very few like or views, so in my mind, …

Landscape Photography

A woman’s lowly place in Japan, mirrored in its language

Given that so many demeaning and negative words related to women endure, is it any surprise that sexism is still rife in Japan?The post A woman’s …

Language

For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.

After President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have been left wondering about the future of their health care. We asked readers to tell us how they would be affected if the law were repealed. These are some of …

Health Care

The Masquerade Games in Bulgaria: Pictures

Folklore