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  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 14, Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower.
    Landscapes of Japan, 14, Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower.

    Flat land used for cities, Tokyo viewed from the top of Tokyo Tower. -- Flat land is scarce and very valuable in Japan. It is the most productive agricultural land, and also the easiest land upon which to build. Consequently. there is great competition and tension between development and agricultural interests. As the population increases and more people move from rural to urban areas, Japanese cities continue to expand and an increasing proportion of flat land is lost to agricultural and other uses.

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    Bus stop, Morioka

    Looking from my bus stop in front of the Morioka Taiikukan and Iwate University (Gandai for short), facing towards the NHK tower in the Ueda neighborhood.

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    Advertising Along the Huangpu

    View of some of the tall buildings and advertisements along Shanghai's Huangpu river, glimpsed through the perpetual Shanghai haze.

  • Thumbnail for Shanghai Bund, 1925
    Shanghai Bund, 1925

    A Keystone stereo view of the Bund in Shanghai, circa 1925.

  • Thumbnail for Yonsei University:  Millennium Hall
    Yonsei University: Millennium Hall

    This is taken from the Millennium Hall on the Yonsei University campus where most of the classes for the exchange students attend further ahead on the right is the Korean Language Institute where the language classes are held and further beyond is the rest of the city outside the East Gate.

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    Seoul apartment complexes

    Because it is so expensive to have a large piece of property in Seoul, many people live in apartments which can be seen above the city horizon in almost any district.

  • Thumbnail for Seoul streetlife
    Seoul streetlife

    This is a typical street in Seoul. There is little shade sometimes from the sun, so it isn't uncommon to see a few people walking around with umbrellas on a sunny day.

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    Singapore's Chinatown

    Chinatown with decorations for Chinese New Year which was 2005-02-09.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 060, Highway Hanzhou, Anhui - Huizhou, Zheijang.
    Thorp Collection 060, Highway Hanzhou, Anhui - Huizhou, Zheijang.

    Thorp Collection, Highway Hanzhou, Anhui - Huizhou, Zheijang. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 087, Guiyang from Temple. Guizhou
    Thorp Collection 087, Guiyang from Temple. Guizhou

    Guiyang from Temple. Guizhou. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 140, Bridge outside Wantsauhsien, Jiangxi.
    Thorp Collection 140, Bridge outside Wantsauhsien, Jiangxi.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 04, Climatic implications, rain, Ginza, Tokyo.
    Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 04, Climatic implications, rain, Ginza, Tokyo.

    Climatic implications, rain, Ginza, Tokyo. -- Many Japanese rivers are short and have steep gradients flowing out of mountainous terrain. This assures that runoff from storms will be rapid, and where these rivers empty onto plains flash flooding may occur. Further adding to the flood hazard is a climate that periodically causes heavy rain over short periods of time. Rainfall of eight inches or more is not uncommon during the typhoon season, especially in southwestern Japan.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 13, Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga.
    Landscapes of Japan, 13, Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga.

    Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga. -- Along this mountainous coastline, flat land is scarce. The homes and buildings of the small village of Hiraiga are crammed into nearly every piece of reasonably flat land above the high tide line. In much of Japan, rugged mountains separate the small areas of flat land upon which villages could be built causing the villages to be isolated from one another. The scarcity of flat land also leads to concentration of the Japanese population into those areas flat enough to build upon.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Burning building, Tokyo
    Japan, 1951: Burning building, Tokyo

    Building burning across the street from theY" in Kanda, Tokyo " --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script" was to accompany a slide show of the images for his family and others.

  • Thumbnail for Japan, 1951:  Hand digging foundations, post-war reconstruction
    Japan, 1951: Hand digging foundations, post-war reconstruction

    Digging for new foundations to replace buildings destroyed during the war. The picks are brought down with powerful strokes. --This was the description to accompany this image as written by Arthur O. Rinden, the photographer. His description, which he referred to as a "script", was to accompany a slide show of the images for family and others.

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    Hiroshima: View of the reborn city today

    Early morning, sixty years after the fateful early morning in 1945 -- a view across part of the harbor at Hiroshima, looking toward the city center in the distance, with its skyscrapers and bustling business center. Today Hiroshima is a vibrant city and there is little evidence of the utter destruction that was visited upon this site slightly over half a century ago.

  • Thumbnail for Hiroshima, Atom Bomb Dome
    Hiroshima, Atom Bomb Dome

    The former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Halll, as it has stood since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In front is one of the three rivers that runs through Hiroshima. This site is just down the river from the bridge that was the intended target for the atomic bomb.

  • Thumbnail for Barge on the Huangpu
    Barge on the Huangpu

    A barge floats along the Huangpu river on another foggy (smoggy?) day in Shanghai. As seen from Pudong.

  • Thumbnail for Seoul, South Korea
    Seoul, South Korea

    Seoul is one of the most populated cities in the world and is plagued with pollution. This picture shows a small section of Seoul.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 037, below Chongqing
    Thorp Collection 037, below Chongqing

    Below Chongqing. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan

    Waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 139, Washing Women, Wantsai Hsien. Jiangxi. L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 139, Washing Women, Wantsai Hsien. Jiangxi. L.C.Li.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 084, Sunrise - Hanzhou, Zhejiang
    Thorp Collection 084, Sunrise - Hanzhou, Zhejiang

    Sunrise - Hanzhou, Zhejiang. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 12, Flat land used for new suburbs west of Morioka.
    Landscapes of Japan, 12, Flat land used for new suburbs west of Morioka.

    Flat land used for new suburbs west of Morioka. -- This illustrates how a burgeoning population and demand for housing leads to suburban sprawl onto available flat land. The ridges remain forested while the flat alluvial plain is occupied by new homes. Previously this was agricultural land.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 16, Rice fields, Mt. Iwate, west of Morioka.
    Landscapes of Japan, 16, Rice fields, Mt. Iwate, west of Morioka.

    Rice fields, Mt. Iwate, west of Morioka. -- Here, competing uses for flat alluvial plains for agriculture and urban expansion are evident. Originally this was all agricultural, but now the growing suburbs of Morioka are encroaching on the land. The volcanic cone of Mt. Iwate rises above the plain.