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Photographers Creates Stunning Nightscapes of Osaka, Japan

Nights full of neon signs obscured by sleeting rain evoke a film noir ethos. Photographer, designer, and creator Omi Kim captures the nocturnal city and transforms ordinary sights into extraordinary visions. The Osaka, Japan-based creator specializes in street photography, portraiture, and graphic composites which push the boundaries of reality.

Kim, who goes by Omi on Instagram, shoots series based on what he encounters in his photography. The moody, highlighter-colored lights of Osaka cafés and lamp posts are reflected on wet streets. Moving scooters are blurred in motion while figures appear largely anonymous. While his street photography beautifully captures reality,

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Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty | Lifestyle

TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It’s an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very real way, something quite different.

No foreign fans. No local attendance in Tokyo-area venues. A reluctant populace navigating a surge of virus cases amid a still-limited vaccination campaign. Athletes and their entourages confined to a quasi-bubble, under threat of deportation. Government minders and monitoring apps trying — in theory, at least — to track visitors’ every move. Alcohol curtailed or banned. Cultural exchanges, the

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NFT interest growing in Japan, but legal worries persist

Over the past several months, non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have rapidly evolved to be a phenomenon in the world of crypto assets, where things often tend to be something of a rollercoaster ride.

With digital items ranging from a tweet to art works sold for staggering sums — sometimes millions of dollars — a good number of people may be thinking that this is set to be another one of those turbulent rides.

The latest figures suggest that the bubble may have already burst, as weekly NFT sales have plummeted by more than 90{1a2a5022a52b7f44d3c003be9afa129e2349806f3225e736ca8b1c4309d27447} compared with their peak in early

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