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ADG in Japan 2006-An Aquascaper's Impressions

Been meaning to get to posting some images from our Japan trip for few weeks now and am finally getting around to dealing at least a few of the hundreds I took.
Obviously the trip was incredible. Japan was amazing and a is true aquascapers inspirational mecca.
The Nature Aquarium Party was just awesome and let me tell you-- Amano really knows how to throw down! (A party that is). We feasted numerous times and all the attendees were treated like royalty. Many feasts, many gifts...just incredible. It is trip I highly recommend to everyone. We will be back next year for sure.
I wanted to post a few images in this first series that are more from an aquascapers perspective, not so much the usual tourist type shots (which I simply do not take anyway). This first set includes some of the gardens, temples, retial stores, Amano's house, and ADA gallery. Do enjoy. More to come (time permitting).






















This was upstairs in a sort of studio/display area in a ship in Tokyo called AquaMeister. It was my favorite in terms of showing a high volume of really strong aquascapes. These were pretty typical around Japan, though. The availabilty of great products and resources I think expedites the time and experience of the Japanese hobbyist. Tihs is where I urge U.S. hobbyists to keep pushing for more plants and better quality from their retailers!









http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3953

This was in another Tokyo shop.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3954

This is about 1/4 of the total plant offerings in this one small shop.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3955

WOWZERS!!
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3956

On to Amano's house. This was the walk up through his neighborhood in Niigata.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3957

Arriving at the front door...
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3958

Amano presenting and giving a little history and philosophy on his personal tank. He had just done a big thinning and said is was only about 60% grown back.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3959

A serious tank requires some serious equipment.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3960

Amano's "backyard". It was a vacant lot 7 short years ago, before he land (or aqua?)scaped it. It was not the best time of day to shoot it though.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3961


Enter the gallery...
One of my favorites:
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3962

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3963

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3964

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3965

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3966

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3967

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3969

Cool little nanos everywhere.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3970

Some wonderful immersed growth Bolbitis.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3971

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3972

Beauty abounds in many forms at the ADA Gallery. I was blown away by these Bonsai.
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3973

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3974

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3975

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3976

Secret rock stash! Can you imagine?!
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3978

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3977

Till next time...
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these are incredible. i'm jealous that you got to see them.


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Thanks. I wish I had the time to make proper post of the images here so that the actual images showed and not just a link, but alas- I don't have time to resize and repost again. Sorry about that. Hopefully you enjoy looking through them anyway. Any technical help with making this post more user friendly would be appreciated. I subscribes to a "Bronze" membership hoping it would be easier to post, but it doesn't seem to be (though I am probably doing something wrong).
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Jeff...if people can't click on a link to look at a picture, then something is wrong...lol

Also...answer my email please! lol
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POssibly a link to the APC thread....I assume there is one?
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you could use img tags i suppsoe but that would make the post very very long. i think the way you did it is fine

those pictures are amazing. every time i see pictures of japan it makes me wat to go more and more. i cant take it any [email protected]!#@!## *calling travel agent* not really though...


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Cool, thanks. I'll just leave it. I tried to change the url tag to img, but it only converted the first image. Good enough!
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ADGJapan2006:An Aquascaper's Impressions - Aquatic Plant Central- aquascaping...a living art

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OMG! wow man those are incredible! Thank you for sharing!

Any chance I could get some larger files somewhere for my desktop? I have a few particular favorites like 3945, 3946, 3947 and 3961. I will resize and host them all for you if you want.

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Great pics Jeff. Thanks for sharing!

IMO, it looks like you are pretty good framing a shot in a camera too. I think I can see where some of the aquascaping skills come from.

And BTW, I'm really glad you included the rock garden and bonsai photos! I think good study of those two art forms can lend a lot to aquascaping technique.

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Jeff, I have roughly 2 tons of this rock:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3964

Bring your truck when you come to the AGA meeting.

Nice pics, who's that hillbilly with the cowboy hat?? :-)

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Great pics Jeff. Thanks for sharing!

IMO, it looks like you are pretty good framing a shot in a camera too. I think I can see where some of the aquascaping skills come from.

And BTW, I'm really glad you included the rock garden and bonsai photos! I think good study of those two art forms can lend a lot to aquascaping technique.
Thanks so much Steve! I agree about the other artforms influencing aquascaping. Thanks for noticing the photography too, it's my other passion.

Tom- love to see it when I am there!

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OMG! wow man those are incredible! Thank you for sharing!

Any chance I could get some larger files somewhere for my desktop? I have a few particular favorites like 3945, 3946, 3947 and 3961. I will resize and host them all for you if you want.
Sure! Thanks for the interest. Just e-mail me ([email protected]).
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Jeff, I have roughly 2 tons of this rock:

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/g...p?imageid=3964

Bring your truck when you come to the AGA meeting.

Nice pics, who's that hillbilly with the cowboy hat?? :-)

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