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They get married on the same beach they spent most of their youth. They end up having a small wedding to avoid unnecessary attention from media that reports on the Ohara family. Only close family and friends attend, and by the end, almost everyone is in tears. No one cries harder than Dia, who couldn’t be happier for her closest friends.
At first, Mari wants to move to the city because she was so used to living a faster paced life than one in a small town, but Kanan convinces her to stay because she can’t bear to be away from the ocean. Mari sees how happy being near the ocean makes Kanan, so she happily uses her wealth to purchase a newly furnished beach home with a building extension in case Kanan wants to run her own shop.
Kanan ends up agreeing to partner with Mari financially (after some pushing on Mari’s part), and they become a well known power couple that runs their own diving business. Their efforts bring a lot of tourism to Numazu City, which helps evolve their business to include things like sailing and wind-surfing and even their own line of diving gear.
They donate a lot of their money to low-funded schools to help bolster club programs.
To keep each other from getting lonely when the other was too busy with work, they buy a big floofy sheepdog. Kanan takes him with her on her morning runs on the beach, and Mari uses him as her own special pillow whenever she falls asleep on the couch. He’s a huge hit with their old Aqours friends except Riko, who maintains her fear of large dogs.
They designate Friday “Movie Night.” They pick a random movie to watch and curl up next to each other on the couch. Mari’s favorite movies are always the horror ones, not because she likes them but because Kanan always uses her body to hide.
One day Mari finds a black stray kitten outside their home. When Kanan comes homes she tells Mari to “put it back.” Mari holds the kitten up next to her face, and since Kanan can’t resist two cute faces staring her down, she reluctantly agrees to let Mari keep it. For the first couple weeks, it sits in the corner and stares at them, not allowing them to get close. Mari affectionately names the kitten Dia.
Eventually, they adopt a daughter, whom they name Hana. One day Mari shows Hana videos of when they used to be school idols, and she’s so enamored with the videos that she demands Mari and Kanan share stories of their idol experiences, which are often told during Hana’s bedtime. When it comes time for Hana to enter high school, she enthusiastically attends Uranohoshi and starts up her own school idol club.
Kanan and Mari name Dia as Hana’s aunt, who comes over to play with Hana when her mothers are busy with work. This helps maintain a close bond between the three.
Where are your favourite places to explore in Norway? Tell us a little about them.
Bergen is the prettiest city on the country. It’s full of rain, art, nice people, colorful umbrellas and beautiful flowers. It’s also surrounded by seven small mountains, which makes it so foggy, green and just so gorgeous. It’s a city in the middle of nature.
Jotunheimen national park is the home to the talles mountains and a lot of glaciers here in Norway. It has a lot tourism, but it doesn’t kill the charm. It has small lakes, rivers, plenty of waterfalls and tall mountains that almost always has snow. It’s the heart of this country, and also what triggers our nationalism. It makes me feel so small and insignificant, but it makes me feel free in so many ways.
Lindesnes is a small town at the point furthest down south here. It has a famous, beautiful lighthouse, and you can se the ocean and all it’s powers, with the waves crashing and hugging the shore. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, and I love going back there.
Wes @grizkid is seen here crawling into a unusually deep and narrow 70 foot den in order to sedate and re-collar a 320lb male black bear around Bryce Canyon National Park. It was one of the most claustrophobic and scary situations of my life. Wes disappeared into the den of this hibernating bear armed with only a short aluminum pole attached to a tranquilizer dart. The tunnel was only as big as the bear with no escape except a very quick 50 foot backwards crawl should he decide to charge.
Wes, 31, is a masters student at Brigham Young University who is currently doing his thesis research on black bear (Ursus Americanus) populations around Bryce Canyon National Park. The study is looking at the way that bears in the area are using both natural and human sources of food, and the is designed to help Bryce Canyon National Park avoid any problems with bears that could potentially see campgrounds and other human features as easy food sources. This kind of research is important in an areas like Bryce that see a lot of tourism as it benefits both bears and humans. Thanks for the help of Wes’ younger brother and field tech, Jeff @jefe_larson
I’ll be posting outtakes from my day with Wes and bro on my personal IG feed at @arni_coraldo
I’m photographing the millennial experience in National Parks for an upcoming Nat Geo story out in December 2016. Next stop: Olympic National Park in April!
Inside Myanmar: Opening Up to the World with @amcaptures
For more of Andre’s photographs from Myanmar and beyond, follow @amcaptures on Instagram.
“The country was just opening up, and it seemed like the right time to go,” says Andre Malerba (@amcaptures), an American photojournalist based in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Two years earlier, after traveling to Nepal and Thailand, Andre had decided to immerse himself in a pivotal moment in Myanmar’s history, as a military government began to relax restrictions on political freedom and foreign visitors.
“I have a front row seat to a country opening up to the outside world, attempting to transition to democracy, and all the awful and great things that go along with it. Things are changing rapidly. A lot of people are now happy to have 3G service and tourism is creating a lot of jobs which many are happy about. But there is also a long way to go in terms of reaching a unified democracy. I’d be lying if I said the majority of people are better off now than they were. While politics, for example, are much safer to discuss openly, life is still pretty brutal in the conflict zones.”
Andre describes a universal, humanistic approach to his work, saying, “Part of being a good photographer is being open and honest with the people you photograph. People can tell when you’re not hiding parts of yourself from them, and I honestly believe it’s appreciated.”
“I've just come back from Costa Rica and they are really big on eco tourism. They have lots of reserves, and they are really in to protecting wildlife. I visited a reserve called Cabo Blanco. You walk into the reserve and there are capucine monkeys swinging from the trees and sloths. I am big into nature, and seeing animals in their natural habitats; I love it.”
Just in case you were thinking that this wasn’t a feminist issue…
People who know me will already be aware that I have issues with patriarchal religions and their attitudes towards women’s bodies. Principally, their assumption that men should be in charge of what women do, how they behave, and how they dress. This should already alert you to the fact that I’m not much of a fan of the burka. However, I’m not a fan of the patriarchy, either, and in the case of Cannes, Nice and the various other cities in France banning the burkini from their beaches, it really does seem as if one way or another, the patriarchy is determined to continue making decisions on what women are allowed to wear.
Let’s have a look at their reasons so far.
1. Hygiene. Given that the burkini is made of exactly the same stuff as other swimwear - that is, a breathable man-made fabric designed to keep its shape in sea water and dry easily - this really, really doesn’t make sense, unless we ban swimwear altogether.
2. Secularism. A shaky argument at best, especially given that these “secular” rules don’t seem to apply to any item of male culturally religious apparel, such as yarmulkes, topi hats, or even priest’s robes. In fact, when was the last time you heard of a man being told what to wear or not to wear? Face it, this isn’t just a religious issue, it’s also yet another case of men assuming the right to decide how much of their bodies women should or shouldn’t show.
3. Security. Because that woman could be hiding anything inside that burkini, right?
4. Oppression. Because the burka is a symbol of oppression, and men shouldn’t be telling women what to wear… Oh, wait. Unless it’s in their best interest, which is obviously the case, because, who wouldn’t prefer to wear a teeny-tiny little bikini instead of a - Oh. Wait.
5. There’s a ban on the burka, no why not the burkini? I mean, it sounds nearly the same, right? Except that they’re not the same. The burka covers the face, whereas the burkini is simply concealing swimwear. And so none of the arguments about facial expressions, social interaction, etc. apply any more than they do to a wetsuit, a hoodie or a kaftan.
The sad truth is that no-one really wants to admit the sad truth. Which is:
Our beaches attract lots of tourism. We don’t want anything to damage that tourist economy. And your burkini marks you as different in a way that makes us uncomfortable. We’d rather you looked like everyone else, but if not, we don’t want to see you at all.
This isn’t about “protecting women.” The fact is, women don’t come in just one model. Women may choose to wear the veil (or the burka, or the burkini) for a multitude of reasons. The operative word here is choice. To take away choice from women counts as oppression, whether by imposing the veil, or by imposing a ban on the veil.
But how can you tell, I hear you ask? How can we know that the woman who thinks she’s choosing to wear a burkini isn’t actually wearing it as a result of cultural ideas acquired during childhood?
Well, of course, you don’t know. Just as, when I wear a bikini, you can’t be sure that I’m wearing it because I really want to, rather than because I’ve been conditioned to. Perhaps I’m being exploited by men. Perhaps you should come up to me when I’m on the beach and try to persuade me to wear a cover-up. If so, bring a crash helmet. And maybe a metal codpiece.
The thing is, I’m an adult. Adults don’t need someone else to decide whether or not they’re in their right mind. And treating women - all women - like adults means giving them the freedom to choose for themselves what they wear, without having to explain themselves. Yes, the burka can be problematic. In some countries, it is imposed on women, which is oppressive. But it’s the lack of choice that’s oppressive, not the piece of fabric. And yes, it’s possible that some Western Muslim women are also being pressured to wear the veil. But if so, in what way does it help to deny them the right to go the beach?
When French schools banned the hijab in the name of educational secularism, a number of very traditionalist Muslim fathers just stopped sending their daughters to school. When France banned the niqab in public, some very traditionalist husbands just stopped letting their wives out in public. Both times, women were penalized for decisions taken by others. So let’s not pretend that these laws (and the burkini ban isn’t even a law, just a ruling that applies to selected tourist beaches) are anything to do with defending women. Just like the laws in Saudi Arabia, they are about controlling women and controlling women’s choices.
Do you believe in freedom of choice? Well, freedom of choice isn’t freedom if someone else gets to decide whether or not your choice is worthwhile. And that’s what the mayor of Cannes (and Nice, and a dozen other French seaside towns) are doing with the burkini right now. The law insists on secular dress in schools. Like it or not, that’s the law. But to start policing beachwear goes further than the law admits. I’m ready to bet good money that a man in a Neoprene wetsuit like the one pictured above wouldn’t be seen as out-of-place on a beach in Cannes. So, men of every religious or secular belief, this is for you. Stop obsessing over what women wear. Let them go swimming with their kids without being stared at, or sneered at, or judged. Whatever you may think of the burkini - or indeed, of any other garment - it doesn’t entitle you to decide whether a woman should or shouldn’t wear it. That’s for the women to decide. And if you don’t agree with that, then you have no right to claim to be a believer in freedom. You’re a bigot and a misogynist, but most of all, you’re a hypocrite, hiding behind ideals of faith (or indeed, secularism) because you’re too weak to admit the truth, which is that women frighten you, and that, unless you can keep them down, you’re afraid that they might equal you. Or even surpass you, because - who knows? - oppress them for long enough, and they might rebel, and start making choices for themselves.
A very laid back country where I hitchhiked down the coast coming from Macedonia to Greece. It’s totally different from all the other countries I had travelled so far in Europe. Albania has already changed a lot through tourism but it could still keep its traditional character and could still be considered as a slightly hidden country. Even if the once deserted beaches are mostly already crowded by people and restaurants. If you are planning to see it - Go now!
Fischen im Allgäu is a town in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, located 6 km north of the famous resort town of Oberstdorf. It was first mentioned in a cloister St. Gallen document in 860. There are 5,200 hotel beds in town and a lot of tourism in summer and winter as it is an ideal base for hiking tours, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and other sports as well as tours to neighboring Austria. The local river is the Iller.
as of right now i think it’s a bad idea, it would dismantle the US economy and possibly the entire structure of the states. and it would take a while for california to establish itself, let alone structure an entire government.
the chart above shows that for every dollar that california sends the federal government, we get .79 cents back. take a look at the other numbers. a state like tennessee gets a surplus because a state like california supports it. this is a big argument for YesCalifornia.
so sure, we’d save money in that regard, but if we were an independent country we would have to pay tariffs on exportation within the other states and it would probably even out.
and for the rest of the states, it’s a precedent they couldn’t take back.
california IS a fairly self-sustaining economy. we have tech, agriculture, and hollywood. we also have lots of tourism and steady employment. but we also don’t have good water resources and heavily rely on the colorado river. california honestly couldn’t last long should we be independent in another drought—it wouldn’t be even close to a good idea until we could desalinize ocean water to drink. and even then it’s really risky.
i don’t think the cascadia theory (california, oregon, washington, and arguably british columbia seceding and forming their own union) could even provide enough water to cover california’s agriculture economy if there was another drought. for example, we are the nation’s largest producer of nuts, which are the largest water guzzler around.
i’ve been doing a lot of reading on this lately and there are ways to do it effectively, in a way that maybe would even make california an extremely powerful country—especially if the other west states entered into a union with california, which, in the scenario where this comes to fruition, isn’t unrealistic.
but i think in lots of ways it’s just as nationalistic and xenophobic as the rest of the current ideas out there.
it’s also pretty selfish. there are minorities/democrats/liberals throughout the rest of the USA who rely on california’s liberal electoral votes to maintain the balance with the powerful right wing. leaving would practically hand the GOP free reigns on this country.
and if california goes, and the rest of the west goes as a result, would the entire federal system collapse? would the east coast want independence too? would that just leave a racist, rural, poverty-stricken midwest with unstable resources and few ports of export?
it also poses a lot of complicated questions—what would that do to social justice? to global warming? how would something as basic as college education be effected moving forward? how would it effect californians who are “abroad” in college, or would those who wanted education at a specific out of state school forfeit their right to scholarships, since international students pay full tuition?
how would we establish currency? how would we determine citizenship? wouldn’t that just trap us in another loop of xenophobia? isn’t it just like brexit, a concept that crashed global economies?
getting the fuck out of this racist country sounds good on paper, right? sounds even better when you throw washington and oregon’s resources and liberal policies into the mix. and honestly it’s unrealistic to expect that the US will continue to function as it is forever. countries have always been subject to reshaping. but overall i think it would be worse than it would be better.
but could it happen? yeah, i think it could. if the divide continues to grow the way it is by 2019 (the time it would take to get this on the ballot), “liberal california” is going to hate right wing america as much as they’ll hate us. in my research on the topic, my first reaction was seeing how many trump supporters wanted us out.
it’s not hard to get things on a ballot, honestly. brexit largely happened in the same way as this is going. the measure would need 38 of 50 states approval. i do believe we should take it seriously and keep an eye on this issue.