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Taken 24-Oct-09
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Category:Artistic
Subcategory:Sculptures
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Keywords:Burnaby Mountain, Playground Of The Gods, fall, sunset
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Dimensions1804 x 1804
Original file size623 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken24-Oct-09 18:24
Date modified9-Nov-09 21:52
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length58 mm
Focal length (35mm)87 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.3
Exposure1/15 at f/8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
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Kamui Mintara - Playground Of The Gods

Kamui Mintara - Playground Of The Gods

Playground of the Gods, a home away from home for 50 or so totem poles carved by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko and his son Shusheo. The Tokos are members of the Ainu culture, Japan's first inhabitants. Installed on the top of an open slope looking west over Coal Harbour, the poles honour the ties between Burnaby and its Japanese sister city, Kushiro. The spectacular setting inspired Toko to imagine it as Kamui Mintara, or Playground of the Gods. The poles represent the story of the gods who descended to earth to give birth to the Ainu. Animal spirits such as whale, bear, and owl adorn the tops of the slender poles that are bunched together in groups of twos and threes. A killer whale and a brooding raven stand apart from the rest, looking west across the Strait of Georgia towards Vancouver Island (and Japan).