This is Yokota Air Base of the United States air force in Japan and the Air Self Defense Force in the Tokyo Tama area which is proud of the greatest scale in the mainland of Japan except Okinawa. It is an extraterritoriality area where administrative power of Japan does not reach, and the most is occupied in the government land. U.S. Armed Forces in Japan headquarters and the 5th Air Headquarters of the Far East are placed. It is a main base in the Far East, and has a function as a transportation relay hub base of the Far East overall community. The number of the base persons concerned is a total of about 11,000 persons of 3,600 military men, 700 army civilian employees, 4,500 families, and 2,200 Japanese employees. The whole base is crossed to about 4 km of north and south, and about 3.5 km of east and west, and has an area of about 7,136,000 square meters. I walked along the section from Hakonegasaki Station to Haijima Station in JR Hachiko Lineto along the fence of a base on that day. Although the surroundings of the base were surrounded by a high wall and barbed wire, the inside of a base was able to be seen from the wire net in some places. Occasionally, it could be seen that the transport plane of C-130 makes sound and takes off from a base. As for the body, four propellers were attached in gray. It did not feel sound much. On the way, a building like some gates or lodgings was able to be seen. Moreover, along the way in new Oume-kaidou of Higashi-Fussa Station and Haijima Station, many shops treating articles, such as the general dealer, Western-style apparel and accessories, etc. were built and located in a line. Seemingly, anything will be said as a friendship street. Since I thinks that it is unsuitable to tell a base problem with individual subjectivity at this site, my opinion is withhold. However, this is a subject every Japanese person who lives the future has to consider to be.
Friendship street: Workshops
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fabianoleite (9757) 2013-02-13 3:39
You used the available elements to build a nice composition. Good work, congratulations!
gus72 (3719) 2013-02-15 0:05
Hi Mikio !!
Very interesting note about this air base in your country.I respect your thought on this subject.
The photo is interesting, I like the inclusion of the lamp in the foreground which adds another dimension.
The prevalent grey colour suits the story.
Have a nice week end.
abmdsudi (46836) 2013-02-16 8:37
Great dynamic shot from this angle which gives the viewer that feeling of movement of taking-off from the runway full of thrust and great motion blur on the props, power in every sense of the word. What an amazing well timed capture in good dark grey weather giving it more punch and standout impressively with some nice foreground as good height reference. Well done shot beautifull taken.
danos (90257) 2013-02-17 0:19
nice the view as the presentation of this section of the airport with the landing airplane to be placed perfect in the frame.The moody atmosphere enhance the colours of the scene.
Didi (59046) 2013-02-23 11:54
Interesting scene of a takeoff of the plane.
I have done a special WS
pajaran (54997) 2013-04-25 11:37
Vrlo interesantan tekst o ostrvu sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na avion ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Lep trenutak sa avionom i oblacima.
A very interesting article on the island with the given data ...
Nice view on the plane ...
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good composition, nicely demonstrates my congratulations for the captured moment.
A nice moment with plane and clouds.
All the best.
ikeharel (62855) 2013-06-14 6:37
C-130 Hercules taking-off with the airport scenery in sight, well collected Mikio.
I can imagine hearing it's typical engine-roar, from memory.
Fine sharp image, with good DOF.
Have a nice weekend,
mcmtanyel (16581) 2013-09-25 11:31
I like this photo because it shows a large airplane, I love vehicle photos. You have used the guidance lights of the airfield very well so that their red color contrasts the grey of the fuselage and the clouds. The out-of-focus light in the near foreground gives the photo a better sense of depth.
- Copyright: mikio kato (kato) (11630)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K10 D, Pentax DA 50-200 f4-5.6 ED
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-12 4:26