Travel theme: Architecture

Hida Folk Village (飛騨民俗村) was where I chose to respond to Ailsa’s travel theme this week. It is an open air museum located in Takayama, Japan. My family and I went there in 2008. It is well-known for the traditional architectural styles of old farmhouses which were removed from their original locations and moved to this museum. Their ranges in age are from 100 to 500 years. The interesting architecture there is the sloped- and thatched-roof houses, such as gasshō-zukuri-styled buildings (reference).


I’ve got a chance to go to the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) where held the free exhibition “Life of Terada Mokei” showing the 1/100 scale paper models. The tiny models imitated general living things around us with the same composition as the real one. Actually, I wanted to photograph the paper models with Ricoh R6 which is good at Macro shots. However, I forgot to bring a SD card with me so I changed to use iPhone 4 for photograph. Surprisingly, the picture quality turned out to be quite good (in my opinion) as the outcome could capture certain detail in the models.

Why 1/100 Scale?
The 1/100 scale is the most popular scale when it comes to architectural building models.
From models of houses and apartments, to public facilities and shopping centers, all these different sized buildings are possible to represent. In addition, since interiors, furniture and similar objects can also be represented on a generic scale, accessory sets have become 1/ 100 in size. Also, I think the 1/100 scale makes it easy to create various abstract and distorted items. However the 1/200 and 1/300 scales are too small making for very little room to work within. As for the 1/50 and 1/30 scales, I’m concerned about the texture and the detail of the shapes. I think that 1/100 is the perfect scale for creating, as it creates just enough difference in the objects, such as between human poses and gestures, a folding chair and a wooden chair, and a Shiba Inu and a Golden Retriever.

– Naoki Terada, the founder of Terada Mokei

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom – It’s amazing how pieces of paper can definitely convey the beauty of Spring season.

New York

New York – Can you see the famous Logo? I (love) NY?


Bangkok – Yeah! Food stall in Thailand


Amsterdam – Ha… Tulip


Orchestra – Can you hear music?

Competitive Swimming

Competitive Swimming – Phew!

Park 2

Park 2 – There is a poop behind a dog and the owner is going to pick it up.

Food Stall

Food Stall -Oden!

Sorry that I had to break my own rules that I didn’t use iPhone apps to re-size and put credit as I’ve already transferred this set of photos to my computer, but all pictures were captured by iPhone4 Camera. This post participates in Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Macro Monday.

All models were inside transparent boxes as you could see how small they were compared to person who tried to take photos of them.


More information on Terada Mokei can be found here.


The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun


More Black & White photos is here ‘iPhoneography Challenge: Black and White‘.

Behind the shot

  • I took this photo at my company’s parking lot in the morning on one of my working days.
  • Photo taken using Hipstamatic apps in iPhone4 with ‘John S’ Lens and ‘AO DLX’ film. 
  • The Blog name caption and a photo re-sizing has been done in Typesetter app.

I wasn’t fond of black and white photos when I was younger. Whenever my aunt, who is good at photography, was trying to capture photos of me in this two tones, I would complain about how I wanted my photos to be in color. However, my aunt would tell me that black and white photos were classic and I would say thank you to her later when I grew up.

And just not a years ago that I finally took her point about black and white photography. I’m gradually taking more interest in this photo style. I’m also learning how to see light vs shadow. It added another aspect to the way I perceive my surrounding that the colorful images are not only answer for the eyes.