Nagano (part 1)

善光寺 Zenkoji #zenkoji #nagano #temple #長野 #善光寺 #fujifilm #xe1 #xshooter #xseries

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With my stay in Japan only days left, I keep hearing the words ‘why not make a trip in Japan while you’re hear’ that some people put in there last week. A few pieces of idea linked together, and I was on the morning train next day. Is this the first time I come to Nagano in the summer?

2016-07-12_13 Nagano 長野

It’s been pretty hot in Tokyo on those days in between monsoon’s rain coverage. Somehow imagining it would be cooler up here in the hills, but the truth was, the city of Nagano is as hot, if not hotter, than the city by the bay. It is only in the high altitude resorts that you get the cool breeze. Oh well…
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2016-07-09 成田祇園祭  Narita Gion Festival

Narita Gion Festival

2016-07-09 成田祇園祭 Narita Gion Festival

July’s monthly outing for the gang of old lens enthusiasts was an excursion to a summer festival in the town of Narita, not far from the international airport. As predicted, it was drizzling from the morning. Since  I was traveling 2 hours to get there, I decided to arrive an hour earlier than our meeting time, to start shooting. This was a good move, as the shrines on wheels were still parked in front of the station and were about to start  moving when I stepped out of the station. The kids in rain coats were still smiling with full of energy. I put a plastic bag on top of the camera and started shooting.   Continue reading “Narita Gion Festival”

Jerry in Kamakura

On impulse

Hibiya Park #hibiya #park #tokyo #reflection #fujifilm #xe1 #xshooter #xseries

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Having just wrapped up my day job this week, I now have no excuse for not heading out to shoot. Adding to that, the overcast mirky mornings of monsoon sky have finally ended, replaced by a classic summer morning that promises a day of strong sunshine. I’m not that good under the hot summer’s sun, actually, preferring to be reading in the shade until the sky is orange in the late afternoon. But not today, I said, or I already had said it to myself last night, as I packed the gear in the tote and filled my new favourite turquoise-blue water bottle with water. I had no choice, really. Continue reading “On impulse”

Leica Elmarit 90mm F2.8

Photo walk with Leica Elmarit 90mm F2.8

Summer is almost here. Some days my eyes open at 4am with either crows screaming at the tree tops, or old people chatting during their morning walk. Or simply because the morning sun brightens up the sky outside while my curtain is left open over night to let breeze in. It is crazy Japan does not take up daylight saving. With so many hours of day light, not even the train is operating. Even on a Sunday morning I woke up so early. Normally I would just roll around in bed or go back to sleep. But today I jumped out of bed, hardly able to wait for the day to start. By the time I had enough of image making for the morning it was just after 7am. Since when I let go of the Roadster, it may be the first time I was so eager to get the day started.

Leica Elmarit 90mm F2.8

Leica Elmarit 90mm F2.8

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Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Wholesale Market ‘Tokyo’s Kitchen’

This month, the friendly bunch of the ‘old lens club’ organised a visit to a festival at the shrine next to the old wholesale market. This is the last of the annual festival before the market is relocated to another part of Tokyo before the year’s end. My father used to run a family business in a market of this kind in Osaka. So it was with this sense of nostalgia I got to walk around the old market just as they closed up for the week on Saturday afternoon.
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