© 2016 Hans Kodak TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 dilution B for 11 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds

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 situations where you spend 20 minutes at a touristy location and then spend the rest of the afternoon browsing for souvenirs for your colleagues in the many omiyage shops that all offer the same things. An omiyage is similar but not really a souvenir, often it is sold in brightly coloured, delicately wrapped boxes of individually packed cookies or candy for easy sharing at the office.
No doubt omiyage made sense once in a time when a family visit could mean that you had to walk for days and you’d spend a few weeks away and would only do this once every few years. Nowadays you’re already expected to bring back an omiyage if you’re an afternoon on a business trip in a town of which you have only seen a meeting room in an office and the station. Omiyage is very big business and I’m not really sure yet if it is the omiyage industry that has created artificially the need for the IMO excessive omiyage giving, or that it is a genuine need of the Japanese in the street to spend lots of money on cookies, pickles, dried fish or whatever it is that is supposed to be the regional speciality and that, frankly, really doesn’t taste that great typically. 🙂

Shot on Kodak TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 dilution B for 11 minutes, agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds

  • Aperture: ƒ/1.7
  • Camera: PENTAX MZ-S
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/180s
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