Snowy Quiz: What am I?
What am I? -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/4, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
What am I?

Today's “quiz” is sort of fake.... those familiar with Japan will be able to figure it out within a few seconds, while those who aren't won't get it at all. I'm putting it here just because those few seconds of trying to figure it out can be a bit eerie. That odd feeling is sort of fun, so I wanted to present this photo out of context to allow people to experience the “uh.............. okay, got it” feeling for themselves.

All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Too easy! …at least for those living in Japan, so I’ll leave the others to guess. I’ll venture to say it was taken at Yasaka Shrine as I shot them myself recently and was a little dismayed by the newness of the wood.

— comment by Chris McCooey on December 21st, 2008 at 10:15pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Yes, very easy for Japan folks or in my case, ex-Japan folks. Its snow covereing the wooden ladles at the hand-mouth washing station , Shito Shrine, perhaps the Heian Jingu? (It looks a bit too open for what I remember of Yasaka Jingu.)

— comment by Bob on December 22nd, 2008 at 2:29am JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

Snow reminds me of the game of enjoying palm trees covered in snow.

If I haven’t made a bad mistake, a palm worth visiting is on Gojo Dori, north side, just east of what I think is the Aeon Mall (I’ve got to make some progress on learning to read Japanese!). Where Google Maps shows Saiinminamikotobukicho, a vegetable garden is at the corner. At the corner of a blue roof, you can see the big crown of leaves.

I’m nearly certain it’s a species of Sabal (fan-leafed palms from the Caribbean and Mexico). It might be Sabal uresana, a big Mexican species or possibly Sabal causiarum from the Caribbean.

I’ve seen nothing else like it.

— comment by David Martin on December 22nd, 2008 at 2:10pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say “fluffy snow on wood”.

— comment by Leo Butler on December 22nd, 2008 at 2:35pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

I’ll go farther out on that limb… “wet, fluffy snow on four-by-fours” 🙂

— comment by Keefer on December 23rd, 2008 at 2:12pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

The not-unexpected answer is provided on the following post.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on December 23rd, 2008 at 10:58pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink

It’s an out of focus picture of Anthony!

Well, yeah, that too, but most of the images of him that I post are out of focus. 😉 —Jeffrey

— comment by Andrew S on December 28th, 2008 at 10:37pm JST (15 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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