Tokyo: A Kiyomura Co employee holds the head of a 222kg bluefin tuna at the company’s sushi restaurant outside Tsukiji fish market. The company’s president Kiyoshi Kimura won the tuna at auction with a record £1m bidPhotograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters
Tsuneaki Hiramatsu knew something was up. It was the end of December and his amateur photo bloghad suddenly jumped from a handful of visitors a day to thousands. The telephone customer service agent and hobby photographer was surprised.
“I was like, what happened?!” says the 35-year-old Hiramatsu, who lives in Okayama City, Japan.
What happened was that Hiramatsu’s long exposure and time-lapse photos of Japanese fireflies had started to go viral. Someone, somewhere, had re-posted his photos and they were spreading across the blogosphere like wildfire.
Japanese fashion designer Kazuhiro Watanabe, who holds the world record for the “Tallest Mohawk,” poses for a photographer at a media event held by the Guinness World Records to launch their 2013 book edition in New York September 12, 2012. According to the Guinness World Records, Watanabe’s do stands at 3 feet 8.6 inches. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Two women are squatting next to a bath in a beautiful wooden bathroom in Hakone, a famous onsen resort. Two other popular resorts were Ikaho and Atami. The windows feature artwork and the panels above them contain gorgeous displays of woodwork. A wooden ladle rests on the marble water pail in the left corner. This photo was taken by Kusakabe Kimbei, his reflection, and that of his camera, is visible above the two birds on the left window.