Flying Traveler in Washington DC

Mid May, it was a perfect day in Washington DC. I was strolling around The National Mall and have a good experience seeing all the monuments and historic buildings. It is always my desire to do levitation in such an interesting place. So, I did some levitation photos in Washington DC. I started to do levitation at the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and walk around to Library of Congress, and White House. My friend, Dony, took my levitation pictures. Please enjoy, here are some of my levitation pictures, during my short trip to DC. Thank you for stopping by.

PS. levitation pictures taken with no app, no photoshop, no trick. It is purely levitation skills.

Levitation at Washington Monument

Levitation at Washington Monument

Flying around the "No Fly Zone"

Flying around the “No Fly Zone”

Flying Traveler on a mission: Secret Service Levitation

Flying Traveler on a mission: Secret Service Levitation

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress

The Capitol Hill Levitation

The Capitol Hill Levitation

 

 

 

 

Levitasi di Monas

Levitasi di Monas

Levitasi di Monas

Hampir tiga tahun saya melakukan levitasi di berbagai kota dan tempat. Tapi belum pernah saya melakukan levitasi di Monumen Nasional (Monas), Jakarta. Padahal Jakarta adalah tempat kelahiran saya. Ya, setelah hampir 5 tahun bertugas di luar Jakarta, hanya sesekali saja saya kembali ke Jakarta. Oleh karenanya, saat liburan Nyepi 2014 kali ini, saya menyempatkan diri untuk pulang liburan ke Jakarta, dengan satu misi khusus, melakukan levitasi di Monas (hahaha … niat banget kan).

Pagi hari, Minggu, saya bersiap menuju monas untuk levitasi. Tapi alangkah kagetnya saya melihat monas telah berubah. Car Free Day. Itu sebabnya. Sekitar lima tahun lalu, hari Minggu di monas tidak terlalu ramai. Meski ada CFD sekalipun, keramaian belum seperti kemarin. Luar biasa padatnya. Ya, Jakarta memang telah berubah.

Di tengah keramaian itu, sulit bagi kita untuk melakukan levitasi. Hampir setiap saat orang mondar mandir. Belum lagi ada yang naik sepeda, motor dandy, delman, atau ondel-ondel lewat. Saya mencoba mencari spot untuk melakukan levitasi. Beruntung ada sudut taman, dengan gundukan rumput yang lumayan sepi.

Selain melakukan levitasi standar (foto atas), di sana saya juga mencoba melakukan levitasi horizontal. Ini adalah pose levitasi yang cukup sulit dan menantang. Hal ini karena kalau kita terlambat mengantisipasi pendaratan, akibatnya fatal. Tapi, for the love of Monas, saya mencobanya. Hasilnya lumayan juga. Silakan dinikmati pada foto di bawah ini.

Horizontal Levitation at National Monument / photo taken by andriani

Horizontal Levitation at National Monument / photo taken by andriani with samsung nx300

Saya juga mencoba levitasi dengan ondel-ondel, dan tentu dengan latar belakang ikon menara kembar Bank Indonesia.

Demikian share saya tentang levitasi di area Monas. Terima kasih sudah mampir, dan salam levitasi.

Shocked by ondel-ondel

Shocked by ondel-ondel

Beyond Central Banking

Beyond Central Banking

 

Levitation in Ngantang Village

Last saturday, I passed through Ngantang Village, a small village in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. It is a very beautiful village with a nice view and weather. I took a levitation picture around paddy field and crossing the small village street. Here are the pictures. Thank you very much for stoping by.

Levitation around paddy field / picture taken with samsung nx300

Levitation around paddy field / picture taken with samsung nx300

floating across the village street / picture taken with samsung nx300

floating across the village street / picture taken with samsung nx300

 

Levitation at Semoet Station

I always love train since I was a little boy. Any kind of train. Therefore, when Ipung, my friend, asked me to join him for a sunday morning walk around Old Surabaya Train Station a.k.a Semoet Station, I didn’t think twice to say Yes. Beside listening to Ipung’s explanation about history of the station, I also took my time to do some levitation shots.

I love train, I love to levitate. So, these are my train levitation photos. Please enjoy, and thank you for stopping by.

Catch The Train Levitation. Look at the man's expression ! .. taken with Samsung NX300

Catch The Train Levitation. Look at the man’s expression ! .. taken with Samsung NX300

Catch the Train Part II / photo taken by Andriani with Samsung NX300

Catch the Train Part II / photo taken by Andriani with Samsung NX300

 

Railway Levitation

Railway Levitation

Along the rail road

Along the rail road

Seinhuiss, Signal House Levitation

Seinhuiss, Signal House Levitation

 

 

 

Levitasi di Lawang Sewu

Levitasi di Lawang Sewu, Semarang

Levitasi di Lawang Sewu, Semarang

Saya selalu terkagum-kagum dengan bangunan Lawang Sewu di kota Semarang, Jawa Tengah. Bagi saya, Lawang Sewu adalah salah satu landmarks dari berbagai bangunan era kolonial yang terindah di dunia. Lawang Sewu didirikan pada tahun 1904 oleh arsitek Prof. Klinkhamer dan B.J. Qüendag, yang di dalam proses tersebut juga terlibat arsitek C. Citroen yang juga mendesain beberapa gedung di Hindia Belanda pada masa itu, seperti kantor Balaikota Surabaya dan Rumah Sakit Darmo.

Lawang Sewu bukanlah nama asli gedung tersebut, melainkan sebuah kantor untuk Nederlansch Indische Spoorweg Maatscappij (NIS) atau Kantor Pusat Perusahan Kereta Api Swasta Belanda. Namun karena bangunan tersebut memiliki pintu yang sangat banyak, orang Jawa menyebutnya dengan istilah Lawang Sewu. Di Jawa, sesuatu yang sifatnya banyak atau masif kerap di representasikan dengan jumlah seribu.

Banyak cerita gaib yang beredar tentang gedung Lawang Sewu. Bahkan beberapa acara reality show di televisi pernah melakukan pengambilan gambar tentang dunia misteri di Lawang Sewu. Padahal sebenarnya, kisah sejarah di balik Lawang Sewu jauh lebih menarik untuk dinikmati para pengunjung.

Arsitektur bangunan kolonial yang bersifat campuran atau ekletik dirancang sesuai dengan iklim tropis. Hal itu terlihat dari bagaimana Lawang Sewu dibangun, dengan tetap menampilkan gaya Eropa ciri “Amsterdam School”, namun dibuat sedemikian rupa sehingga sebagian besar dari gedungnya tidak menghadap ke arah Timur-Barat secara langsung. Lawang Sewu mengantisipasi tampiasnya air hujan dan sinar matahari langsung dengan desainnya yang unik.

Satu hal yang menarik adalah adanya ruangan bawah tanah yang diisi oleh air. Fungsinya untuk menjaga kelembaban bangunan sehingga ruangan tidak terasa panas di siang hari. Jaman dahulu belum ada pendingin ruangan sehingga ide membuat ruang air bawah tanah adalah sebuah hal luar biasa.

Nah, di jaman pendudukan Jepang, Lawang Sewu dijadikan markas Kempetai atau polisi Jepang, dan ruangan bawah tanah itu dijadikan penjara air untuk tahanan. Lawang Sewu pernah dipakai sebagai kantor Kereta Api, Komando Daerah Militer IV Diponegoro, dan Kantor Wilayah Kementerian Perhubungan Jawa Tengah. Pada masa perjuangan gedung ini menjadi saksi peristiwa Pertempuran lima hari di Semarang (14 Oktober – 19 Oktober 1945). Sebelumnya,

Levitasi di Lawang Sewu adalah sebuah pengalaman dan penjelajahan sejarah. Saya memilih tempat di depan dan tengah gedung untuk melakukan levitasi. Kemegahan bangunan Lawang Sewu menjadikan levitasi memiliki efek “grandiose”. Bangunan bersejarah selalu menjadi latar belakang yang bagus untuk melakukan levitasi. Cobalah berkunjung ke bangunan bersejarah di tanah air, dan lakukan levitasi.

Salam levitasi !

How I Shoot: Levitating with @junantoherdiawan

Gengis Khan Levitation

My levitation photos are being featured in Instagram Blog at:  http://blog.instagram.com/post/43484235620/how-i-shoot-levitating-with

If you have time, please take a look. Thank you very much.

Camera: iPhone & iPad.

Vantage Point: “Levitation is like philosophy. It’s not just a jump shot; it is a floating moment. I like to travel and see many interesting places in the world. My idea is to levitate in any interesting place or interesting moment. By doing that, I feel like I can float or fly in any place in the world.”

Shooting: Using an application that takes multiple photos at a time while you jump makes it easier to capture the perfect levitation photo. “I use the Fast Camera application on iPhone or iPad to capture the moment. It is a continuous-shoot application that can capture every second of my levitation.”

Editing: While Junanto may touch up the lighting or tones in his photos, there are no special apps or programs used to create the levitation effect. “I don’t use editing for my levitation photos, no special application. I only adjust for lighting and other effects.”

Follow Junanto’s levitating adventures in Jakarta, Indonesia, and throughout the world at instagram.com/junantoherdiawan.

Floating at Kawaguchi Lake

Last weekend, my best friend from Indonesia, Imam-san, came to Tokyo to visit me. We haven’t met each other for more than 5 years. So, I am really happy with his visit. To mark our reunion, we went together to Kawaguchi Lake for a weekend trip. Imam-san, My wife, and I went together to Kawaguchi. It’s about an hour drive from Tokyo.

Lake Kawaguchi is a beautiful lake near Mount Fuji, Japan. From this lake, we can see a serene and clear shape of mount Fuji (if the weather is good). Very beautiful.

Mount Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi

Imam and I then decided to do our levitation by the lake kawaguchi. It is a little difficult to do levitation together because you need to combine the same rhythm  and style :) … however, this is our double levitation.

Levitate Together by The Lake Kawaguchi

 

I did some other levitation by the lake. It seems like I am floating on the water. Yes, I am floating :)

Levitation by the Lake Kawaguchi

Floating by the Lake

Floating by The Lake

Floating at the Lake

We then decided to climb to mount Fuji. We stopped at 3rd Station to take some photographs. Here is my picture with Imam-san, but no levitation.

Best friend at the mountain

I tried to do some levitation at the mountain. Look, I am floating above the trees and fogs.

Floating above the trees

.... and the fogs

That was our experience to Lake Kawaguchi and Mount Fuji. Happy Levitating. Thank you for reading and stopping by.

 

 

 

In Search of Daibutsu : Kamakura Levitation Project

Kamakura is one of my favorite places in Japan. It is a small city and a very popular tourist destination, sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan. It only takes an hour drive by car or train from Tokyo to Kamakura.

I frequently visit Kamakura on weekend or my leisure time to enjoy the ancient city experience. Kamakura used to be the political center of Japan in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents. Since it is a political centre, in Kamakura we can find many historic places, numerous temples, shrines and other historical monuments.

The main attraction in Kamakura is undoubtedly the Great Buddha which also known as “Daibutsu”. It is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Buddha which seated serenely in the grounds of a Buddhist temple. Daibutsu is my favorite place in Kamakura to experience spiritual ambience of this ancient city.

I started my tour in Kamakura from Kamakura Station. Not far from the station, there is a big Torii or Shinto Gate which directly leads to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. This shrine is a symbol of the ancient capital of Kamakura.

Levitation at the Torii in Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Kamakura

From Kamakura Station, I took the Enoden Line Train. Enoden train is a classic train which runs from Kamakura to Fujisawa. I like to get on the first wagon, behind the driver, so I can see the railroad in Kamakura.

Enoden Line, behind the driver / photo junanto

I stopped at Hase Station and getting off the train. It is the closest station to get to Daibutsu.

Getting off levitation at Hase Station, Kamakura

But before Daibutsu, I stopped over to Hasedera Temple or Hase Kanon. It is only 5 minutes walk from the station.  In Hase temple, there is a tallest wood carving of the “Goddess of Mercy” in Japan. In summer time there are so many hydrangea or Ajisai (in Japanese) and other kinds of flower blooming here. Very beautiful.

White Ajisai at Hase Temple / by junanto

Flowers at Hase Temple / by junanto

Statues at Hase Temple / by junanto

I respect the spectacular view of this ancient temple. So, I did some tribute levitation around the temple.

Pay a tribute at Hase Kanon

Also, I did a levitation under the big lampoon of Hase Kanon.

Hase Kanon Levitation

Walking another 10 minutes, I finally reached Daibutsu. I always amazed by the serenity of the Buddha Statue seated in the lotus position with his hands forming the Dhyani Mudra, the gesture of meditation. With a serene expression and a beautiful backdrop of wooded hills, I always told my friends that the Daibutsu is a truly spectacular sight that a “must see” experience in Kamakura.

At 13.35 meters high and weighing 93 tons, the Daibutsu is the second largest monumental Buddha in Japan (after the one at Todaiji in Nara) and to many, the most impressive.

I did some levitation meditation position around the Daibutsu.

Daibutsu Levitation

Flying Around The Big Buddha Daibutsu

In addition, Kamakura’s sand beaches also interesting to try. It attract large crowds during the summer time. However, I prefer to go to Enoshima Island, not far form Kamakura center. From Hase Station, I took the Enoden Line Train again and stopped at Enoshima Station.

Here I am, waiting for the train to come.

Leviation : Waiting for the Train to come at Hase Station

In Enoshima, I can feel the beauty beaches and sun set. Here is my levitation during sunset in Enoshima beach. Look, two Japanese girls beside me are surprised with my levitation.

Sunset levitation at Enoshima Beach with Japanese girls

It was an interesting experience visiting Kamakura and Enoshima. And this is the sun set levitation.

Enoshima Sunset Levitation

Thank you for stopping by.

Living The Ainu Tradition: Levitation Project

As the second largest island in Japan, Hokkaido is a beautiful and perfect place to visit. This island has many interesting stories. One of them is the story of Ainu People. The Ainu are indigenous people of Hokkaido. They used to live in Hokkaido long time ago. They were traditionally hunters-gatherers and fishermen. They hunted bear, sea otter, deer and other animals.

Last week, my friend and I went to Noboribetsu, about 1,5 hours drive from New Chitose Airport Hokkaido, and visited a traditional mock of Ainu Village.

The village shows many basic Ainu culture and lifestyle, including food, clothing and housing, and also many cultural artifacts. To get a real feel of Ainu tradition, we wore traditional Ainu clothes that called Atsushi. It is a kimono like clothes and the most noted garment worn for ceremonial occasions. Atsushi is made from thread made from tree bark of Ohyou Elm. The texture of it is very soft and flexible.

Wearing traditional Ainu clothes, we were strolling around the village, took photographs, and do some levitation.

This levitation project, we called, “Living The Ainu Tradition”.

Please enjoy our project.

A traditional mock of Ainu Village in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido / photo junanto

Levitate wearing "atsushi", a kimono-like clothes of Ainu People

Ritual levitation dance before hunting

Go hunting

Hunting for dinner

Fighting Levitation

That was our experience in Ainu Village. Thank you for stopping by.

 

Floating Peacock Dancer

Indonesian School in Tokyo is celebrating its 50th anniversary today (23/6). One thing I love from the anniversary is the performance of Indonesian Traditional Dances, and one of my favorite dance is “Peacock Dance” or Tari Merak which originated comes from West Java.

The dance was performed by Ms Rina, Ms Nabila, and Ms Cindy, teacher and students of Indonesian School in Tokyo.

Here they are, the Peacock Dancers ….. as I shoot it.

The Peacock Dancer / photo Junanto

After the dance, Ms Rina and Ms Nabila were eager to do some levitation photography. A bird should fly isn’t it? So, they try to float in the air.

Here are their photos .. They really can fly :)

Flying Peacock

Oh My Peacock is Flying / photo junanto

Golden Peacock can Fly / photo Junanto

I hope you enjoyed the dance and the levitation. Thanks for stopping by.