Nagano (part 2) – Terraced rice fields of Obasute

2016-07-12_13 Nagano 長野
Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18mm F2R

On the 2nd day of my Nagano visit, I left the inn before 5am and pedaled in, towards my destination. This is the light I wanted to see at my destination. I was already awake at 4am and why waste so much previous time? A bit too lazy on my holiday mood… Continue reading Nagano (part 2) – Terraced rice fields of Obasute


Nagano (part 1)

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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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

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