Japanese Tank Parade
(I originally posted this without any notes or text – as one sometimes do when one is in a rush – here’s the text, finally)
At the JSDF event in Asaka last month I saw more than handsome people in uniforms, there were these rather awe inspiring tanks and fighter jets as well. I was wandering around the base and saw a column of tanks lined up getting ready to enter the parade ground. It seems like even the Japanese Self Defence Forces have their own version of “hurry up and wait”. Still, the tank crews didn’t seem to mind. I had plenty of time to take the shots of the stationary tanks, but somehow walking in between stopped tanks is a very daunting task and I remained sheepishly on the sidelines.
When the tank column finally roared into action it was with flying banners and colorful scarves! As you can see in the first picture of the moving column, all is fine, but in the last, the exhaust gas of two dozen tanks made the smoke almost unbearable and even spectators tried to take cover. Just look at the looks on the faces of the two crew members caught at the end of the smog cloud! I am not envious!