Many failed attempts to capture solar eclipse

I heard that we can see very rare solar eclipse on 5/20, I finished up work, bought beer and viewed solar eclipse with friends from the balcony to confirm that we are a part of the space and our existence is in sync with the cosmic rhythm.

滅多に見ることができない日食が見れるということで、5月20日は仕事を切り上げ、ビールを買って、我々が宇宙の一部となりコズミックなリズムに合わせて存在していると確認するために、友達とバルコニーから日食を眺める。

While we stared at the sun, the sun slowly got eroded from the right side and became croissant shape, and though I thought it was going to be the ring, the shadow of the erosion moved upward and made a round shadow on the upper part of the sun. And the sun went behind the clouds after a while.

我々が太陽を見つめている間、太陽は少しずつ右側から浸食されクロワッサンのような形になり、その後そのまま輪になるのかと思いきや、浸食の影は上の方角へ進み、太陽の上の方にぽかりと影ができる。そしてその後しばらくして太陽は雲に隠れしまった。

We tried many methods to capture the eclipse that was (supposedly) once every 300 years.

300年に一度の日食の写真を撮ろうと、私たちは様々な方法を試みる。

(1) brown beer bottle (2) green beer bottle (3) beer glass (4) sunglasses (5) vinyl painted in black (6) seaweed paper (7) recyclable bag

(1)茶色いビール瓶(2)緑のビール瓶(3)ビールジョッキ(4)サングラス(5)黒く塗ったビニール

(6)海苔(7)リサイクルマーク付きの袋

But every attempt failed.

が、試みはことごとく失敗する。

But fortunately we could capture the eclipse when the clouds came out from nowhere and weakened the sunlight.

しかし運良く雲がどこからともなくやってきて、太陽の光を和らげてくれたため、日食の終盤を写真に収めることに成功。

During the eclipse, someone who lived across the street from us put up a piece of paper against their window, and when I used zoom-in function of camera, it read “We are neighbors, Let’s be friends!” Then 2 neighbors visited our place later on. For a little while, it felt like the great success of the new communication technology experiment and the beginning of the new era of human race.

日食中に向かいのアパートの窓に紙が張りつけられ、望遠機能を使って読み取ると「ワレワレワゴ近所ナノデ友達二ナリマショウ」とのメッセージ。そして女の子2人が後ほど訪れる。少しの間新しいコミュニュケーションテクノロジーの実験が成功したような、新時代が幕明けたような気持ちになる。

Strange things kept happening that night besides that. Unidentified man came over to our house, looking like he was going to cry, saying his girlfriend just cheated on him and she got arrested on his birthday. We were kind enough to let him in, and he drank a beer, but he didn’t cry. Then, another stranger who said he just got out from the jail asked us for a ride to Pacific Beach when we were leaving the house to go out to eat. Strange day.

その他にも身元不明の男が家にやってきたり、刑務所から出たばかりと称する男にパシフィックビーチまで乗せてくれと頼まれたり、奇妙なことが起こる。

Anyway, below are photos from the eclipse day (both success and fail)

何はともあれ、下は日食時の成功と失敗の写真。

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