View of Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles, California.

Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

The first structure of the Museum was built by Japanese immigrants in 1925, designed specifically to house a Buddhist place of worship, the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, which incorporates elements of a temple in Kyoto, combining Japanese and Middle Eastern influences.

Later, after the Nishi Hongwanji moved to a new facility in 1969, the building was sold to the City of Los Angeles in 1973, and when it was declared a landmark by the City, it became a space for the Japanese American National Museum. It opened in 1999 with a 85,000 square-foot Pavilion. The contemporary stone, steel and glass Pavilion (in the photo) bridges East-West aesthetic traditions by adjoining with the Museum’s original building.

Before visiting this museum, I have never heard about the sad situation that took place in the USA, which is described through the museum.

It shows the Japanese American experience about the incarceration in concentration camps of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

The purpose of the museum is “to promote the understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience”.*

If you want to know more, here’s a link to the JANM web page.

*’About JANM’ at the web page.

Perspective View of WDCH

Walt Disney Concert Hall. Los Angeles, California.

Shine & volume

Walt Disney Concert Music Hall. Los Angeles, California
Walt Disney Concert Music Hall. Los Angeles, California

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is a very interesting building. I like how the light shines on the stainless steel curves of the building, and how it gives a sense of volume to it.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

Getty Center with a Tree View

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

Garden of Eden in Urbanity

Getty Center. Los Angeles, California


Watching the Sunset in Community

Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Natural Textures

The of photo of the left is about the texture of a travertine stone from Bagni di Tivoli, Italy, which also contains the texture of beautiful fossils of plants. I took the photo at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. It was used 1.2 million square feet of travertine to construct the Getty Center, and many of these stones revealed fossilized leaves, feathers, and branches when they were split along their natural grain.

The second photo is a tree that I photographed at one of my favorite places in Mexico City, Chapultepec forest, where I love to take promenades surrounded by nature.

If you want to know about or take another look at Chapultepec forest or its textures, click on the links, or to view some beautiful art that belongs to the Getty Center, search for “Getty” below (click on the + symbol to open the menu for the Search button)

To participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge about texture, click on this link.

Griffith Observatory

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California

The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

It is named after Griffith J. Griffith, who donated the land for Griffith Park in 1896, and by a bequest in his 1919 will, the Observatory was made possible. The building opened to the public on May 14, 1935.

There we saw an amazing show at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium: Light of the Valkyries, about the wonders of the northern lights. It was an amazing experience to look at it, like traveling through the universe and in history. I recommend it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

View of Los Angeles, California, from Griffith Observatory.
View of Los Angeles, California, from Griffith Observatory.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon