JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Hokule'a Canoe in Yokohama ホクレア号横浜港入港・乗船見学会
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June 9, 2007. Hula dancers rush to Pukari Sanbashi Pier where the Hokule'a canoe is to dock. ぷかりさん橋276 views
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Pukari Sanbashi Pier. Hokule'a can be seen on the left. On the right is another pier for sightseeing boats. The building in the middle is a resthouse.192 views
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Hokule'a, Kama Hele, and Yokohama Bay Bridge. Also see photos of the canoe tour.185 views
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Hokule'a and Kama Hele in Yokohama, June 10, 2007185 views
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Former Yokozuna Akebono (blue shirt) and his family were also on the pier. (Wife and daughter in orange.)167 views
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Royal Order of Kamehameha I wear red and gold capes.152 views
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Pukari Sanbashi Pier in Minato Mirai, Yokohama, Japan. Hokule'a docked on the left (arrived June 9, 2007).141 views
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Escort ship Kama Hele flying the Japanese, Hawaiian, and Yanmar flags at Yokohama.137 views
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Hokule'a crew on stage.133 views
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Hokule'a and escort ship Kama Hele. What makes this canoe so special and famous is that it was used to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti (and many other places) without any modern navigational instruments.129 views
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Hokule'a arrival ceremonies129 views
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Royal Order of Kamehameha I leave the pier.129 views
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BankART Studio NYK gallery showing Hokule'a photos.126 views
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The Royal Order of Kamehameha I take part in arrival ceremonies. 入港式125 views
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The ceremony included hula chanting and dancing.125 views
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Corridor of coat hangers125 views
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Hokule'a crew members123 views
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Finally at the end, a little girl's artwork on a sheet of cloth catches his eye.122 views
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Hokule'a at Yokohama121 views
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They only referred to the sun, moon, the stars, and ocean waves to navigate through the vast Pacific Ocean or Polynesia. This is called celestial navigation. Extremely few people can do this, and the Hawaiians are learning this skill of long-ago.120 views
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A crowd of a few hundred on hand to greet Hokule'a's arrival.119 views
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Hula dancers119 views
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Hula dancers take part in arrival ceremonies.119 views
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Nainoa Thompson and other crew members get off the boat. Nainoa was on board, but was not part of the crew who brought the canoe to Yokohama.119 views
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Nainoa Thompson119 views
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Makeshift planetarium where they showed the stars used by Hokule'a for navigating.119 views
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Miss Yokohama also took part in the arrival ceremonies.118 views
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Future Hokule'a Captain, Ka'iu Murphy.118 views
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Conch shell blowers signal the canoe's arrival.117 views
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He shook hands with EVERYBODY and ANYBODY.117 views
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Hokule'a crew dance on the canoe.116 views
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Nainoa Thompson gives a thank you speech with Hokule'a's captains.116 views
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Nainoa introduces the rest of the crew and future Hokule'a captains being groomed to take over.116 views
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Kimo115 views
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He poses with the girl.115 views
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Nainoa shook every single hand.114 views
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Captain Blankenfeld receives a gift.114 views
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Under overcast skies, Hokule'a docks.113 views
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Royal Order of Kamehameha I113 views
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The crowd was thrilled to be so close to this man full of aloha.113 views
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Hokule'a in Yokohama for the first time. This boat was first launched on March 8, 1975. It has become part of Hawaii's modern soul and spirit.113 views
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They wanted to prove that the original native Hawaiians were able to sail between Tahiti to Hawaii on purpose, and that they did not land on Hawaii by accident.112 views
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Hula dancers112 views
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Crew members hug each other.112 views
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Conch shell blower112 views
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He was so touched and impressed that he gave her a hug.112 views
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I have never seen anyone who shook everybody's hand, signed autographs for everyone, and posed for all photographers. ナイノア・トンプソン112 views
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Captain Bruce Blankenfeld places a lei on the bow.111 views
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Captain Blankenfeld who piloted the canoe to Yokohama.111 views
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He actually wanted her to keep her magnificant work of art, but she wanted him to have it.111 views
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People crowd the waterfront near Pukari Sanbashi Pier.109 views
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All the crew members were very friendly to all. This is Captain/Navigator Chadd Paishon.109 views
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Nainoa Thompson gave a touching speech about Japan-Hawaii friendship, their rediscovery of Japan ("Japan is not just Tokyo"), and Hokule'a's mission.109 views
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Escort ship (powered by a Yanmar engine) Kama Hele also docks soon afterward.108 views
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The little girl was in awe and speechless.108 views
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He accepts the little girl's impressive gift.108 views
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He folds the sheet neatly and carries it with him to a press conference which he was late in attending. An ideal Goodwill Ambassador.108 views
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He never refused to shake a hand.107 views
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Hokule'a and Yokohama Bay Bridge in the background.106 views
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Finally, Nainoa Thompson makes his way from the pier and into the crowd.106 views
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One sail unraveled.105 views
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All the crew members met applause and handshakes.105 views
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He never refused to sign an autograph.105 views
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Koinobori carp streamers adorn Hokule'a. A great Japanese touch.104 views
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Nainoa has a habit of crouching on his knees so he can use his knee as a backing to sign autographs.102 views
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Plus a handshake for this little guy...102 views
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Hula dancers watch the ceremony102 views
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A local taiko troupe give a spectacular performance. 学校法人国際学園 星槎国際高等学校102 views
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People crowd the waterfront near Pukari Sanbashi Pier.101 views
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Hokule'a already in sight well before 11 am when it was scheduled to dock.101 views
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Hokule'a nears the dock.101 views
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Hokule'a arrives right on schedule at 11 am on June 9, 2007. Yokohama is its last stop.101 views
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This woman put a small necklace on him.101 views
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A small crowd watch the welcome ceremony. パシフィコ横浜国立大ホール前テラス101 views
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Nearing Pukari Sanbashi Pier. The question was, which side of the pier would it dock? (Was going the other side so I rushed over to the other side.)100 views
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A rope is thrown to the dock from Hokule'a.100 views
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People line up to shake Nainoa's hand or get his autograph or take his picture.100 views
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Pulling Hawaii's most famous canoe to dock.99 views
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"Here you go!"99 views
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Japanese, Hawaiian, and Yanmar (sponsor) flags on the Kama Hele, escort boat for Hokule'a. (Yanmar is a marine engine maker from Shiga Prefecture.)99 views
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June 10, 2007. A formal welcoming ceremony was held the next day on an outdoor terrace near the pier. Unfortunately, it was a rainy day and attendance was much smaller than the day before. 入港歓迎セレモニー98 views
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Hokule'a tour guests walk on the dock to the boat. The canoe is little over 62 feet long. They only referred to the sun, moon, the stars, and ocean waves to navigate through the vast Pacific Ocean or Polynesia. This is called celestial navigation.98 views
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Welcome banner from Yanmar97 views
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Poster. Also see photos of Hokule'a's arrival in Yokohama.96 views
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In return, the crew performs the haka dance.95 views
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Crowd on the waterfront near the pier.93 views
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Arrival ceremony ends and people start to leave the pier.93 views
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Escort ship Kama Hele92 views
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What makes this canoe so special and famous is that it was used to sail from Hawaii to Tahiti (and many other places) without any modern navigational instruments.86 views
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Like at its other stops in Japan, Hokule'a offered free onboard canoe tours to the public during its one-week stay in Yokohama. A reservation ticket (seiriken) had to be obtained beforehand. (I got one at 1:30 pm on June 11, 2007.)85 viewsWe could see the top deck, rudder, masts, cramped sleeping quarters, food pantry, and more of this legendary canoe named after a star named Hokulea in Hawaiian. Entry to Hokule'a canoe tour on June 11, 2007.
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He showed various pictures and gave an overview of some basic concepts.85 views
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Escort ship Kama Hele (not open to visitors)85 views
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Rudder (steering paddle or Hoe uli)84 views
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Close-up of steering paddle or Hoe uli, made of wood.84 views
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The white vertical board (the woman sitting on it) is a splash guard (called pale wai or pale kai).83 views
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Entrance to BankART Studio NYK, a gallery complex.83 views
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During Hokule'a's stay in Yokohama, there also were various exhibitions, lectures, and events.83 views
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"You don't need muscle to do it. It's more mind-oriented..."82 views
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Stern of Kama Hele (Yanmar engine hidden below)81 views
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Welcome banner.81 views
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First we were given life vests. The tour started with an illustrated talk by a man named Kimo.80 views
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Kanako Uchino talks about the canoe in Japanese.80 views
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Other sponsors80 views
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This was during the 2 pm - 4 pm tour, and by 2:20 pm, the Hokule'a canoe tour reception desk says tours are all full. ホクレア号乗船見学会78 views
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Hokule'a T-shirt sold by the Hawaii Visitors Bureau (all sold out).77 views
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The tour group was split into two. One group here was at the stern, listening to a talk by Kanako Uchino, a Japanese crew member.76 views
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First time that I've gotten this close to Hawaii's most famous canoe.76 views
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Getting off the canoe76 views
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Stern. The pointy stern endpieces are called "Manu hope" in Hawaiian.75 views
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Navigator's seat (kilo) at the stern. The black thing is apparently a seat cushion. Another one on the opposite side.75 views
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Talk by crew member named Dean. The interpreter was Kyoko Ikeda, Asian Pacific Leadership student.75 views
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Hokule'a74 views
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Bow73 views
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Solar panel in the forefront. Power is used for communications equipment.73 views
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Above both hulls are storage bins and sleeping quarters.73 views
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Holding on to the steering paddle so it doesn't bump anyone.72 views
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The other group was at the bow listening to a talk by another crew member.71 views
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Koinobori carp streamers for a Japanese touch. These are flown in Japan during early May for Children's Day.71 views
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Mast complemented by koinobori carp.71 views
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Rudder going into the water71 views
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We were then allowed to enter the pier where Hokule'a was docked.70 views
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Male god on the left.70 views
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Female goddess on the right.70 views
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Canoe deck is littered with waterproof containers for food and other essentials.70 views
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Rudder70 views
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Leis on the bow endpieces (Manu ihu).69 views
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He showed sample parts of the boat.68 views
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Canvas covering (kapalina) the sleeping quarters over the hull.68 views
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Fresh food storage (onions)67 views
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Galley67 views
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Captain's dry things67 views
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Under the bed padding (red) is storage bins, including an opening to the hull where more stuff is stored.67 views
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Pier67 views
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View from pier67 views
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Sleeping compartment provides bed padding with a built-in pillow. Above it is the canvas covering (kapalina).66 views
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Hull storage. The wooden cover was made by a Japanese carpenter whose name is on it. Many parts of Hokule'a bear the name of the person who made that part.66 views
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Ropes crisscross everywhere.65 views
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All the fresh food (perishables) are consumed during the first few days after leaving a port. After that, it's canned food, dry goods, and fish caught in the water.65 views
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Food65 views
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Aft sail65 views
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Galley or "da kitchen."64 views
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Covering the top of hull is a canvas covering (kapalina) fastened by rope to the safety railing (palekana). The canvas is also a tent-like roof for the sleeping quarters.63 views
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Canoe deck (pola)62 views
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Base of aft mast (Kia hope). The woodwork here was exquisite, and looked quite expensive.62 views
 
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