”A sweet-looking Japanese girl who, one day, decided to take self-portraits..of herself levitating. She can be spotted in and around Tokyo, equipped with her SLR and her self-timer. When she feels the moment strike, she presses the shutter button down and then, quite literally, “jumps” into place. What I love most about her shots is that they don’t feel forced. Natsumi has a way of making us feel as though she naturally levitates throughout life. When I asked her how others react to her jumping around Tokyo, here is a funny story that she shared. “One day, when I was jumping at a famous sightseeing spot in western Tokyo, workers at a souvenir shop were frightened by how I was jumping. They were whispering things like ‘Is the girl mentally ill’ and ‘Do we need to call the police?’ “So I stopped jumping and apologized to them by saying, ‘I am taking jumping photos for my wedding party’s slide show.’ Their faces turned bright red, and they said things like ‘Oh dear!’ and ‘Congratulations!’ and even ‘Keep jumping!’
A huge inflatable rubber duck has floated into Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour, delighting crowds of both young and old. The 16.5 metre high by 19.2 metre long duck is the work of Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman, who says the idea is to unite people and make them concious about the planet.
“All the waters in the world is our global bathtub and it joins people together,” Hofman said.
“We have to take care of each other, you know, and be responsible about this planet, as you are responsible about your own house and bath.”
The giant rubber duck, which takes 30 minutes to inflate, has already travelled to Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam and many more countries since 2007. Report by Laurie Blake.