National Geographic : 1967 Sep
The translator had trouble-but the message comes through. Dan Dimancescu ducks under a steel beam reinforcing restored Egret Castle, a 14th-century fortification in Himeji. Incandescent spaghetti, painted by traffic in this two-minute exposure, fills Himeji's main street, a neon-lined artery leading toward Egret Castle. White walls and winglike gables inspired the strong hold's name. Japanese drivers, like British, keep their vehicles to the left. Tuba-player's view of a high-school baseball game at Takamatsu includes the photographer, inverted at the top of the horn's bell. Cheerleaders wearing white headbands rally support for the home nine. Baseball, reaching Japan in 1873, has become as much a national pastime there as in the United States.