When you start to look like your Daruma dolls

When you start to look like your Daruma dolls

Vendor at the Daruma festival, Kawagoe who starts to look remarkably like his own Daruma dolls; see yesterday’s post for details of the Daruma dolls. Shot …

 

Daruma dolls

Daruma dolls

Plastic wrapped Daruma dolls, modelled after Bodhidharma, are sold by the tons in all sizes at 3 January at the Daruma festival at Kita-in temple, …

 

Blurred waterfall

Blurred waterfall

Lazy Saturday, just a bit of motion blur See here for a proper view of the same waterfall at Naritasan. When we went back to …

 

A wee burn

A wee burn

A small stream making its way into one of the lakes of the park around Naritasan Temple in Narita. I’m almost sure that most of …

 

Dried fish and insect seller, Narita

Dried fish and insect seller, Narita

Dried fish or insects, lovely with your rice in the morning Very good for an omiyage, the weird culture of gift giving resulting in …

 

The Bell of Time (時の鐘) #3

The Bell of Time (時の鐘) #3

The bell tower of Kawagoe which has become very much the symbol of Kawagoe. Shot on KODAK TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 dilution B …

 

Kitsune statue

Kitsune statue

A Kitsune, a fox statue holding a scroll at an Inari shrine at Kumano Shrine in Kawagoe. Shot on KODAK TRI-X at EI 800, developed in …

 

Fish stakes at Daiba Park, Tokyo #1

Fish stakes at Daiba Park, Tokyo #1

Fish nets staked out at Daiba Koen with Tokyo and Tokyo Harbour in the background. All in all, Daiba Koen was a great discovery for …

 

Hillside

Hillside

Shot on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 7 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds. Aperture: ƒ/3.5 Camera: PENTAX …

 

Windmill on the River Gein, Abcoude #1

Windmill on the River Gein, Abcoude #1

Walking along the River Gein just outside Abcoude, Holland. The notable fact of this town is that it is the only town in Holland that …

 

School kids on their way home #1

School kids on their way home #1

I usually find school uniforms ugly and aimed at enforcing the idea that all kids are the same and that the one who sticks out …

 

Snowy hillside

Snowy hillside

Shot on ADOX CHS 100 II film at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 9 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds. Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: …

 

Plants wrapped up for winter

Plants wrapped up for winter

Protecting the gnarled plants from the harsh winter, they get covered and tied up. Now they look like a scene from a cheap science-fiction film …

 

Yukitsuri on a tree in Nagano #2

Yukitsuri on a tree in Nagano #2

In preparation for winter, all old, gnarled trees in Nagano get tied up to support to heavy snowfall; sort of a shibari, rope bondage for …

 

Yukitsuri on a tree in Nagano #1

Yukitsuri on a tree in Nagano #1

In preparation for winter, all old, gnarled trees in Nagano get tied up to support the heavy snowfall; sort of a shibari, rope bondage for …

 

Tracks in the snow, Hokkaido

Tracks in the snow, Hokkaido

ADOX CHS 100 II at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 9 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds. Aperture: ƒ/4 Camera: PENTAX 645NII Focal length: …

 

Kannon statue at the entrance of Taiyo-ji Temple

Kannon statue at the entrance of Taiyo-ji Temple

We visited Taiyo-ji temple for a second time for a temple stay (shukubo) after we first visited two years ago and again we had a …

 

Local vegetables for sale

Local vegetables for sale

A primitive vending machine for home grown vegetables around Tokyo at very good prices compared to the supermarkets. KODAK TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 …

 

Fireworks in Daiba Park, Tokyo #1

Fireworks in Daiba Park, Tokyo #1

Every Saturday there is a free fireworks display at 7PM in Daiba Koen, perfect for photographers and I can tell you that it was packed …

 

Glimpse of a pavilion at Naritasan

Glimpse of a pavilion at Naritasan

Just a glimpse, how very zen. Fuji Neopan Acros 100 at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 7 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 …

 

Christmas Tree, Biei, Hokkaido #1

Christmas Tree, Biei, Hokkaido #1

The famous Christmas Tree around Biei, Hokkaido. People did rent taxis to visit the famous trees of Biei in record time. After the first day …

 

Copse, Biei, Hokkaido #1

Copse, Biei, Hokkaido #1

The beautiful trees around Biei. Fuji Neopan Acros 100 at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 7 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds. Aperture: …

 

Rainbow Bridge at night, Tokyo #1

Rainbow Bridge at night, Tokyo #1

The first images from my most recent trip to Japan. This one shot from Daiba Koen, a place recommended for some great night photography of …

 

Water tower Sennengerbierg #2

Water tower Sennengerbierg #2

Another one in my water tower series which is short for the moment but will grow over time. It really is all about the play …

 

So many steps, an Ojizō-sama statue is needed

So many steps, an Ojizō-sama statue is needed

The Chichibu 34 Kannon Temple pilgrimage was my main objective for returning to Japan in 2013 merely a year after my last visit. I’m glad …

 

Inside Taiyo-ji temple

Inside Taiyo-ji temple

We’ll be visiting Japan again this winter and we will certainly stay at Taiyo-ji temple again for another shukubo at the temple. We did this …

 

Temple building in Kawagoe’s Kita-in

Temple building in Kawagoe’s Kita-in

Shot on Fuji Acros 100 film at EI 100, developed in HC-110 dilution E for 7 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds. Camera: PENTAX 645NII ISO: …

 

Students on the way home

Students on the way home

Identical bags, identical shoes, identical uniforms, identical hair colour; I would go screaming mad going to a good school in Japan! Aperture: ƒ/2.8 Camera: PENTAX K20D Flash fired: …

 

KRAFTKLUB/MARKUS KRAVKA

KRAFTKLUB/MARKUS KRAVKA

Aperture: ƒ/5.6 Camera: PENTAX K20D Flash fired: no Focal length: 20mm ISO: 3200 Shutter speed: 1/45s

 

Stockholm at night

Stockholm at night

Shot on Kodak TRI-X film at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution H for 11 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds Aperture: ƒ/4.5 Camera: PENTAX MZ-S ISO: …