Michael Yamashita@yamashitaphoto

National Geographic Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist; Sony Shooter. @thesilkroadjourney

www.michaelyamashita.com/

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Michael Yamashita

Congratulations to my friend @pedromcbride on the airing of his new documentary on @natgeochannel last night. Check it out! // 750 miles, 13 months, eight pairs of shoes, two friends and one camera documents our most iconic national park – the Grand Canyon – like rarely seen before. The story of this rare transect through the length of the only canyon visible from outer space serves as the backbone to the new documentary “Into the Grand Canyon” – out in time to celebrate the park’s 100th birthday. See rare vantages of this roofless cathedral and learn how the park is poised to change from ongoing development pressures. To learn more about this film, go to @pedromcbride.
#IntotheCanyon #IntotheGrandCanyon #GrandCanyon #centennial #petemcbride


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Pictured here are six brand new CRH380A Hexie high-speed trains, ready for delivery. With a maximum speed of 380km/h, it was the first Chinese developed series of electric high-speed trains, and one of the world’s fastest.
#highspeedtrain #bullettrain #highspeedrail


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#NatGeo100Contest @Natgeo hit 100 million followers! As a thanks, they are having a photo contest for the next 24 hours only. To submit, simply post your most Nat Geo inspired photo on your feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @natgeo and the winner gets a photo trip to Tanzania. Good luck! Here’s one of my most popular Nat Geo posts, from the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.


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Blowing smoke: Steam engines are still being used to haul coal in Liaoning, China.
#pollution #steamtrain #steamengine #liaoning @natgeoimagecollection


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Butter Lamp Festival: On the last day of the Monlam Prayer Festival, Buddhists will make, display, and light yak butter lamps to commemorate the occasion. Many butter lamps are made into figures of gods, flowers, trees, birds, and beasts. Some are quite large and elaborate, while other lamps like these being assembled and lit, are small and traditional.
#ChotrulDuchen #butterlamps #monlam #tibetanbuddhism


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As the celebration of Losar, Tibetan New Year, continues, both monks and revelers will need their energy. Po Cha is a mix of yak butter, salt, and a thick tea broth made from boiling both leaves and stems. It is highly caloric, and will help to fuel the faithful. The butter is often rancid giving it a blue cheesy taste.
#buttertea #yakbuttertea #losar


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Rock history: the Skating Rink, Prometheus and a Zamboni after yesterday’s storm -
this 8-foot-tall, eight-ton, gilded cast bronze sculpture was created by Paul Manship in 1934. The sculpture has been in the background of countless concerts, tree lightings, skating shows and special events, but few are aware of its meaning or where it came from. Prometheus is just one piece of public art that was integrated into the plans of greater Rockefeller Center, but is definitely the most recognizable—in fact, many sources say this is the fourth most recognized statue in the country, behind the Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, and is the most photographed piece of art in NYC. An inscription accompanies the sculpture. It reads: “Prometheus, teacher in every art, brought the fire that hath proved to mortals a means to mighty ends.” #rockefellercenter #rockcenter #skatingrink #zamboni @natgeoimagecollection


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The Monlam Chenmo, meaning Great Prayer Festival, begins on the 4th day of the Tibetan New Year, and lasts for 2 weeks. During the Monlam Festival, Buddhists pray, rejoice, make offerings to and commemorate the miracles Buddha performed. In Labrang Monastery the festivities included costumed dancing often about moral instruction, Buddhist values, and ancient Tibetan legends, and by just witnessing them, the audience is said to gain merit on the road to enlightenment. There are some spots left for my workshop in Tibet this fall. Visit my website for more info, link on my profile. #Monlam #tibetannewyear #buddhistmonastery #labrang @thesilkroadjourney


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Stilt walkers take a break during Spring Festival in Wuwei, Gansu. Stilt walking was invented in China with a history dating back centuries. As popular legend has it, stilt performances were influenced by fishermen who used the technique to wade in deeper water to spear fish. People turned the skill into a dance to celebrate large events and festivals like Lunar New Year. #springfestival #lunarnewyear #wuwei #gansu @thesilkroadjourney


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Practice makes perfect: Tuesday marked the beginning of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. The celebration lasts for 15 days with much prayer, dance, and ceremony. In Labrang Monastery, novice monks (trapa), practice blowing the dungchen, the Tibetan long horn, used in Buddhist ceremonies and call to prayer. The sound is compared to the singing of elephants. Happy Tibetan New Year! There are some spots left for my workshop in Tibet this fall. Visit my website for more info, link on my profile. #tibetannewyear #lunarnewyear #losar


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Spring Festival: Food vendors shout out to hungry customers at a temple fair in Beijing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Have a great and prosperous Year of the pig! #beijing #springfestival #happylunarnewyear


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Love of flowers: Vietnamese love for flowers is most evident during the festive Tet New Year celebration on February 5th. In the Mekong River Delta, marigolds and mums flood Cantho market with the colors yellow, orange and red, believed to bring good fortune in the new year. #cantho #mekongdelta #marigold #mumflowers #tet


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