Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Foreign Interference at the Naha Okinawa 2011 Tug-O-War

Most of you know, I like to throw a few photos on my blog every day and show off my island.
And, I pretty much like to keep things on the light side.

There's no humor in what I've got today so, if that's what you were looking for, I apologize in advance for disappointing you.

What this photo shows is the view from the reviewing stands at the 2011 Naha Tug-O-War.
The two ends of the Guinness World Record rope (male and female) are being joined.

Some foreigner, I'm guessing by the hair color, decided it was more important for his child to view the joining of the male and female ropes than all the folks in the reviewing stands.

There are over 50 photos I took attempting to capture the joining of the ropes but,  it was impossible to see because of, what I call, foreign interference.

Now, I'm lucky.  I was standing on a ladder at the reviewing stands.  I got a better view.
Two of my fellow cameramen were at different locations so,  I can get photos of the event if I need to.

As a matter of fact,  I can even get a close up shot of the bad parent using a child to obstruct everyone's view but, wouldn't want to give folks the idea that I'm vindictive, or anything like that.

Mind you, I shoot photos at many events and am well aware of people accidentally popping into view when a photographer is trying to compose a photo.  It happens.

This scene was not one of those accidents.  This went on for well over ten minutes.

Yesterday I spoke to a member of the Naha Tug-O-War Committee about this and was asked to blog about it.  So, here I am and I'm not happy.  But, someone needs to speak up.

Cultural insensitivity,  ignorance, or just plain stupidity,  I have no idea what it is.

What I think someone should do is apologize to the Mayor of Naha for this foreign interference.

Er, ya think I should just get vindictive ?


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