Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

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Steam Motion

Steam Motion

 

There really is nothing like standing next to one of these monsters. The piston fires and the flywheel spins, and the whole unit shakes. I hoped to convey some of the action by capturing some of the movement by blurring with a slow shutter.

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Tractor Show

TRactor show

 

The tractors are on display on the ground at Pioneer Acres near Irricana, Alberta but the display in the sky was also spectacular.

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Aurora Home Delivery

Aurora Home Delivery

 

Often the lights of a town or city are enough to preclude seeing the Aurora Borealis but sometimes a strong event can be seen in almost any conditions.

On Christmas Day, I’d like to wish my friends, neighbours and readers a joyous holiday season, however you celebrate it.

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Chronic Canoe

Chronic Canoe

 

Another shot from my friend Neil Zeller’s photowalk. I was on the pathway on the north side of the river west of the Peace Bridge, when I saw the nice reflection from the street light on the water. I could see a canoe coming down river and wanted to include it. However, they stopped in the middle of the river, just to the right of the frame and weren’t going anywhere. Then I saw a small flame at one end followed shortly by another small flame at the other end of the canoe. Two large puffs of smoke later and the canoe was moving, allowing me to get my shot.

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Go For Broke

442nd Regimental Combat Team soldier moving into action in a hilly sector of France, Oct. 24, 1944, Bruyeres, France. Courtesy of the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee and the U.S. Army

My Remembrance Day experience is different from many people’s. None of my immediate family were involved in the war or the military. The closest is my Mom’s cousin Makio “Mickey” Akiyama. He was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a fighting unit composed of almost entirely American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, who were sent to battle in Europe. The Japanese-Americans soldiers were not allowed in the Pacific theatre even though American soldiers of German or Italian descent had no proscription imposed on fighting in Europe.  My Uncle Mickey participated in the rescue of the “Lost Battalion”.

The Regiment was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. The 4,000 men who initially came in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2.5 times. In total, about 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (5 earned in one month). Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. Members of the 442nd received 18,143 awards, including:

Remember, all of this was done fighting for a country that had already imprisoned family and friends living on the mainland. The Unit’s motto was “Go For Broke”, something that I think was well represented.

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