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A line of Stone Lanterns (tōrō) at Yugasan Rendaiji Temple in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. The temple was opened about 1,300 years ago on a mountain with a main peak of 300 meters.

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I had some consular stuff to do early yesterday morning at the German embassy in Hiroo, which gave me an opportunity to take a stroll (and some photos) in the adjacent Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park. Had left home on an empty stomach, so afterwards headed to the nearby “HauS Bake & Cafe” and tried their “Special Morning Plate” which was quite satisfying.😋

iPhone shots straight out of camera.

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Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, Tokyo
Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, Tokyo
Special Morning Plate at “HauS Bake & Cafe” in Hiroo, Tokyo.

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Imamiya Shrine, Kyoto

Imamiya Jinja was founded in 994 to protect Kyoto from pestilence. Most of its current buildings are rebuilds dating to the Meiji period (1868-1912). This set of film photographs was taken there around New Year’s some years ago - a flea market was held on the premises at the time.

Mamiya 6 - 50mm f/4 lens - Fujicolor Pro 400H.

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New Year’s visit and flea market at Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
New Year’s visit and flea market at Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
New Year’s visit and flea market at Imamiya Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.

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Since today is my birthday, and tomorrow is that of my wife, a weekend getaway is in order - so we’re in Karuizawa at the moment. Burger lunch was great at “KazBond”, a fairly new restaurant, and the incredibly nice owner threw in free tiramisu and coffee upon learning about the occasion. Scenery is great too, as would be expected up in Nagano Prefecture.

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Fire grill at “KazBond” restaurant, Karuizawa
Burger and sides
Tiramisu

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Gondo Shopping Street, Nagano

A set of film photography impressions taken around this old shopping arcade in Nagano City. All shot with Mamiya 6 and 50mm f/4 lens on Kodak Portra 400 film. Developed and scanned by Yamamoto Camera in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Photo of an old shop at Gondo Shopping Arcade in Nagano, Japan.
Photo of a barber shop at Gondo Shopping Arcade in Nagano, Japan.
Photo of an old shop at Gondo Shopping Arcade in Nagano, Japan.

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“Slow Motion Ride”

A slow-motion video that I took while passing through Shin-Imamiya Station in Osaka a couple of years ago. 🚊

A slow-motion video taken from inside a train while passing through Shin-Imamiya Station in Osaka, Japan.

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An evening scene outside Dōgo Onsen Honkan, the main public bathhouse at the Dogo Onsen Hot Spring in Matsuyama on the southern island of Shikoku. With a history of more than 1,000 years, this is one of Japan’s oldest hot spring resorts, where guests can be seen wandering the streets in yukata robes after their bath.

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In the last part of our visit to Takao, one hour north of Kyoto, we reach Kosan-ji Temple (sometimes also written as Kozan-ji). Wrapping up our visit there, we notice that (a) buses back to Kyoto aren’t that frequent and (b) we’ve gotten quite hungry from all the climbing - so we find a local restaurant with a nice view of the Kiyotaki River, and have a bowl of noodles 🍜

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Scene from Kosanji Temple in Takao, Kyoto.
Scene from Kosanji Temple in Takao, Kyoto.
At a noodle restaurant in Takao, Kyoto.

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In part 2 of a small photo series from Takao, located a 1-hour bus ride north of central Kyoto, we leave Jingo-ji Temple and walk to Saimyō-ji. After a short climb, we step through the main gate to reach the inner premises of the temple, where we find many stone lanterns overgrown with moss. Saimyō-ji was first constructed in the years 824-834; its current main hall dates from 1700. A very calming place.

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Stone lanterns at Saimyo-ji Temple in Takao, Kyoto, Japan.
Detail of stone lanterns at Saimyo-ji Temple in Takao, Kyoto, Japan.
Stairs approaching Saimyo-ji Temple in Takao, Kyoto, Japan.

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Adding on to yesterday’s post, here are a few more photos from Takahata Fudoson Kongoji, a temple located on the western outskirts of Tokyo in Hino. In addition to a beautiful five-storied pagoda, the temple also features a pleasant hiking course through a forest, with 88 Jizō statues located along the trail.

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View through the purification fountain at Takahata Fudoson Kongoji in Hino, western Tokyo.
Jizō statue at Takahata Fudoson Kongoji in Hino, western Tokyo.
Pagoda at Takahata Fudoson Kongoji in Hino, western Tokyo.

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Adding on to my previous post, here are a few more photos from yesterday evening’s walk around Takinogawa, a neighborhood in Tokyo’s Kita Ward with a very “retro” feel.
(I may need to go back one day and document the Sentō from the second photo in a bit more detail).

iPhone 15 Pro, straight out of camera.

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Exterior of a traditional Sentō (communal bathhouse) in Takinogawa, Tokyo.
Hidden entrance, Takinogawa, Tokyo
Old coin laundromat, Takinogawa, Tokyo

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Kennin-ji (建仁寺) is Kyoto's oldest Zen temple, and it's a staggeringly beautiful place that is renowned for its indoor decorative paintings and its perfectly tended gardens. It also provides a haven of quietness not far from the overtourism craze that the nearby Gion district has become over the last decade.

All photos shot with Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

Autumnal light burst at one of the gardens of Kenninji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
A lovely old wooden corridor at Kenninji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Another photographer having a go at capturing the beautiful architecture of Kenninji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

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On my camera roll, I found this set of photos from Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture. The city was fortunate to escape air raids during WW2, so thankfully many of its old districts are still intact with beautifully restored buildings.

  1. Higashi Chayagai District
  2. Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens
  3. Kimono-clad women at Higashi Chayagai
  4. Gold-sheets-covered storehouse

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Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s most beautiful gardens, in Kanazawa.
Two women in kimono and holding a traditional Japanese umbrella are standing outside old buildings in Kanazawa, Japan.
A storehouse covered in 20,000 sheets of gold in Kanazawa, Japan.

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Kobe Analog Dreams (Part 1)

Scenes from a walk around Kobe, all shot with Nikon FE-2 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 on Fuji Superia 400. I tried to achieve a dreamy mood. (Someday I’ll get proper lab scans made, these are my own scans of the prints I have, using a cheap home scanner.)

  1. Shop Window
  2. Ikuta Shrine
  3. Chinatown Food Stall
  4. Ice Cream Stand

At the Main Gate, Ikuta Shrine, Kobe, Japan
Chinatown Food Stall, Kobe, Japan
Mascot figure at Ice Cream Stall, Kitano Ijinkan, Kobe, Japan

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I was in the Ochanomizu area of Tokyo this evening, so I thought I’d try to capture a night view from Hijiri Bridge towards Akihabara. And as if I had ordered them, a Marunouchi Line subway train (red) and a JR Chūō-Sōbu Line train appeared as welcome foreground elements. 🚊

Unprocessed full-size iPhone 15 Pro shot, “night mode” (1 sec exposure).

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“Bettenburg” is a German word that literally means “castle of beds”. It is sometimes used with a derogatory undertone to describe cheap vacation hotels - but with a more positive spin, it really just means “huge building with lots of beds in it”. So it could also refer to Japanese mansions as pictured here, that are crucial to the nighttime aesthetic of Tokyo. All shot tonight in Itabashi Ward.

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Nighttime exterior photo of a mansion (huge apartment complex) in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo, reflected upon a pond at Mitsugi Park.
Nighttime exterior photo of a mansion (huge apartment complex) in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Nighttime exterior photo of a mansion (huge apartment complex) in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo

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Engaku-ji

Directly to the east of Kita-Kamakura Station is Engakuji (円覚寺) - one of the most important Zen Buddhist temple complexes in Japan, originally founded at this site in 1282 (although none of the original buildings survived). A few full-size photos taken during our visit there today - the first plum blossoms were already open! 🌸

On the premises of Engakuji Temple in Kamakura, Japan.
Early February plum blossoms on the premises of Engakuji Temple in Kamakura, Japan.
On the premises of Engakuji Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

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Higu Bagel & Café

Shout-out to our local bagel shop which is just a short 10-minute bike ride from where I live. We went for a quick lunch there today; I had a “Sandwich and Drink Set” consisting of a multi-grain bagel with Teriyaki Chicken and Burdock Salad, and a Caffe Latte. Delicious, quite filling, and reasonably priced at 910¥. Also brought back some freshly-baked bagels and put them in the freezer.

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A subset of the bagel lineup at Higu Bagel & Café in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Interior shot of Higu Bagel & Café in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Interior shot of Higu Bagel & Café in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo

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Taitō Still Lifes (Part 2)

Taitō (台東区, Taitō-ku) is Tokyo’s smallest ward, yet it contains a lot of history, boasting major tourist magnets such as Asakusa's Sensō-ji Temple, Ueno Park, or the Ameyoko street market. But walk on any of its side streets, and you will discover homely and surprisingly quiet neighborhoods with quirky and photogenic details.

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Details and textures at the entrance of an old house in the Taito Ward of Tokyo.
Many umbrellas, and more beer crates, outside a building in the Taito Ward of Tokyo.
Façade of a rather weathered building in the Taito Ward of Tokyo.

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Went to “cafe arica” in Minami-Tokiwadai (Itabashi Ward) again today, and had the Piadina lunch set, as well as a caffe latte and their famous tiramisu (not pictured). Nice quiet and cozy place to spend some time on this cool Sunday, and do some travel planning with the wife for later this year. 😎

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Interior shot of “cafe arica” in Minami-Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Interior shot of a comfortable sofa seat at “cafe arica” in Minami-Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
Fruits water dispenser at “cafe arica” in Minami-Tokiwadai, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo

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