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More Memories of Japan

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Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 at 22mm f/4.5, ISO640 1/80 Sec

Yummmmmm. The dessert above is a mango sorbet, which was a perfect finish to the Sushi and Shabu Shabu dinner we had with friends at a restaurant in the Gion area of Kyoto, Japan.  I never saw the bill for this meal, or any meal for that matter during our stay with our hosts. My friends never let me pay for anything when I was with them! If they ever visited me in the States, you can bet I’d return the favor.  I can’t remember ever being treated so nicely by anyone…

You know what one of my favorite things about Japan is? Don’t laugh! The vending machines:

ホットコーヒー

Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 at 17mm f5.6 ISO200 1/123 Sec

There are literally thousands upon thousands of vending machines like this one sprawled out all over Japan. You can’t hide from them! I even saw them standing alone, often on unpaved roads, in the more remote areas I stayed at, outside of any major city. When I first arrived in Japan on vacation this year, I didn’t pay much attention to them. I quickly discovered, however, that the machines serve up cans of cold AND hot drinks. Yeah!

It was an unusually cold spring in Japan during our visit, and so nearly every time I’d walk by these vending machines, I’d reach down in my pocket for my 120 yen and grab me a hot little can of coffee.  My Japanese friends found this to be pretty amusing, and every time they’d see a machine, they’d say “Hey Jonathan, time for coffee!”

Of course, all this coffee drinking meant more trips to the restroom. No problem! Seems like the restrooms in Japan are as easy to find as these vending machines. They’re everywhere! Very convenient.

What really amazed me though, were the lack of public garbage cans. We have them all over the place in San Francisco, and they apparently don’t help much because there’s a ton of litter on the streets here (and in most US cities for that matter).  When I was in Tokyo, however, every time I’d buy something and eat/drink it on the go, I’d have so much trouble finding a place to throw the trash away,  and would usually end up carrying whatever it was with me until I got back to my hotel room.  You’d think that the lack of public garbage cans would mean lots of trash on the street right? Wrong. At least in the places I visited, I saw little to no litter, especially compared to what I see on the streets where I live.

Integra

Nikon D90 + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 at 50mm f/10, ISO200 1/400 Sec

Kinda random, but I spotted the image above in my archives and wanted to post it. I love Japanese sports cars! This one was parked outside my friend’s house in Osaka.  Honda sells a similar car in the US, but with a different front end design that, in my opinion, is not nearly as cool as this one. Do you see any trash in the gutter to the right? Me neither!

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November 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Ansco Cadet

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Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

Found this little gem stashed away in a box of photographic studio equipment my father gave me recently. The Ansco Cadet, apparently manufactured in the late 1950s, features a  switch on the front to move between color and black & white format film (127mm), a cool red shutter release on the front face, and ports on the side to attach a flash strobe. My sister also remembers shooting with this camera when she was growing up in the 60s.  To me, this thing is seriously cool, but I can’t get the shutter to work.   Such a shame…

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August 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO500 1/60 Second, Handheld

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 1/80 Second

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 1/80 Second

My Dad used to tell me about how great the Sutro Baths were at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Built in the late 1800’s, the Sutro Baths were a huge complex of pools, situated right on the waters of the Pacific Ocean underneath the famous Cliffhouse in San Francisco.  The Baths were closed in the 1960’s, and all that are left are these ruins.

Just a little more about the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Before I bought it I debated back and forth as to whether I should instead buy the Tokina 12-24 f/4, thinking I might miss the 16-24mm range. I think it’s safe to say now that I don’t miss that range one bit in a ultra wide, and will happily make the extra lens changes.

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August 14, 2009 at 1:55 am

Commute

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Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/5.6, ISO400 1/1250 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR at 300mm f/5.6, ISO400 1/1250 Second

The bicycle is used extensively in Japan. These shots were taken in various neighborhoods throughout Osaka. 日本には自転車がたくさんありますね!

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, 12.8mm f/2.8, ISO80, 1/250 Second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, 12.8mm f/2.8, ISO80, 1/250 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 300mm f/5.6 ISO800 1/640 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 300mm f/5.6 ISO800 1/640 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 116mm f/4.8 ISO1600 1/160 Second

Nikon D90 + Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 116mm f/4.8 ISO1600 1/160 Second

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August 12, 2009 at 3:08 am