As I sit and dream about Japan, a not unusual state of mind, I decided to flick through some photos of my last trip through Japan. The above image is the only one from Kyoto, the rest are from Osaka. Damn, I really miss Osaka.
The 23mm f2.0 (35mm full frame equivalent) lens from Fujifilm has to be the first lens in my kit that I am not happy with. It does not appear to be sharp (maybe just my copy) and I can't work with this field of view. For me at least, it feels like I am in no man's land (too far, too close).
A scattering of photos from my trip through Japan with my students. A video will be coming soon.
After having watched many Hyperlapse videos on youTube, it was time to head out and see if I could do the same. While a typical Hyperlapse will utilise thousands of photographs to make a short video of thirty seconds or so, I only captured around 250 photographs to make the two short clips in the following video.
This is the first time I have ever visited the Tofukuji Temple in Japan. It is now one of my favourite places.
The stunning ceiling of the Tofukuji main building.
After Kyoto, we made an extremely quick trip to Nara to visit the oldest and largest wooden structure in the world.
I also had my Shrine seal book (朱印帳 - shuinchou) stamped.
And finally we took a quick look at Kasuga Taisha which is also in Nara.
Today was so rushed. We only had an hour and a half in Nara. I look forward to returning and spending several days in Nara and seriously visiting the sites.
Perhaps my favourite place in Kyoto now is 平等院 (Byōdō-in). A thousand years of history surrounds you in tranquility of this stunning temple, garden and museum.
While this area is absolutely packed with tourists, I was fortunate enough to grab shots while huge crowds had just moved through the area to give the illusion of vacant spaces.
Foreign tourists were so few here it was shocking (but very pleasing). I guess the 30 minute train ride from Kyoto is just too far for most because after leaving this area and arriving at temples closer to Kyoto central it was overflowing with foreigners.
After Byōdō-in, I headed to Fushimi Inari-taisha.
Then into the area leading up to Kiyomizu Dera.
Finally I headed into Gion. I was lucky to spot a Geisha heading past but only at the last moment. I certainly did not do any justice to her grace, but I was happy to glimpse her nonetheless.
Tomorrow I will head back to Kyoto and spend more time in my favourite areas and hopefully visit a few new places too.
Evening flight from Adelaide to Sydney followed up by an overnight flight through to Haneda, Tokyo. No time for a shot of the Jumbo as we had minutes to board once we got into Sydney.
First night in Tokyo. Exhausted from being up for over two days, but still some time for a shot or two. No idea what I was doing with the camera.
Next day we headed off to Asakusa and then the Skytree tower.
Headed off to some of the cheap Yakitori and Izakaya restaurants at night under the train lines. Great meals and cheap.
On the next day I headed to Shinjuku Gyoen. I had not been here before. A mixture of standard Park and Japanese Gardens. I always marvel at the parks in Tokyo as there are so many and they are all huge. It's great to see that the Japanese use them so much too.
From the peace and tranquility of the park, we headed into Harajuku.
And then, the beautiful Omotesando area.
Lastly, Roppongi Hills.
All images were taken with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpg mode. No adjustments have been done to the images. I utilised the dual card slots, so when I get home I will pull out the RAW files and make adjustments if i need to.
Himeji is home to Japan's most beautiful surviving feudal castle; Himeji Castle which is both a national treasure and a UNESCO world heritage site. In the 14th Century, a fort was first built on the current site. Over the centuries, various clans who ruled the region, gradually enlarged it. The castle as it stands today, was completed in 1609. Himeji Castle has never been destroyed either by war, fire or earthquakes. The great samurai Miyamoto Musashi also made his residence here for some time. Himeji has around half a million inhabitants and is the second largest city in Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe.
Kyoto is the old capital of Japan and the residence for the Emperor from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people. Over the years, Kyoto has been destroyed by many wars and fires, but escaped the air raids of World War II due to it's historic value. Countless beautiful temples, shrines and historic locations survive throughout the city today. The people here are more conservative than others in Japan and they are well aware of the attraction that Kyoto has on foreigners.
All shots taken along the Heysen trail in Victory Harbor (South Australia).