“Walking” around various world cities on Google Street View has been a favorite e-pursuit of mine, but I think I’ve found one I like even better. I call it “Flickr tourism.” Though I’m not particularly interested in what’s normally considered “tourism,” I do find it stupendously fascinating to view all the photos every Flickr user across the world has uploaded and tagged with a particular location. While the city remains the same, the perspectives, the sensibilities, the aesthetics, and the types of curiosity all shift constantly.
It’s fun to do this with cities I’ve personally seen, like Los Angeles, Portland, or Vancouver. But I’ve recently gotten into Flickr-touring cities to which I’ve never been but by which I’m nonetheless intrigued. Today, it was Fukuoka, the biggest city on one of Japan’s smaller islands. I don’t know why I’m interested in Fukuoka, but it probably has something to do with Taichi Ichinose and his invaluable techno resource of the 1995 web, JapanEdge.
Flickr tourism has simple rules. You just search for the city’s name as a tag, view all photos uploaded, and browse until you find ten interesting shots. Here’s my Fukuoka:
Several of these images come from one dude who goes by “Pokoroto”. He’s evidently walking across Fukuoka and taking pictures of everything odd he comes across. Naturally, I hate him for his freedom to do this.