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In Japan Again

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Canon S90 6mm f/2.0 ISO160 1/30 Second (JPEG)

Well, seems like we were just here, but we’re back in Japan. First stop is Tokyo. After a loooooong flight on JAL, we arrived at Narita airport late this evening. We are absolutely exhausted! So here are a quick couple of images I took coming right out of the Shinjuku station in Tokyo, where our hotel is located. I used my brand spanking new Canon S90, which within minutes of using, has completely stolen my heart. It provides a level of control unsurpassed by any other compact out there. In fact, some functions are easier to set using my S90 than my D300s, which I haven’t even taken out of its bag as of yet. Uh oh…

Canon S90 6mm f/2.0 ISO500 1/30 Second (JPEG)

Ok, so it’s not dethroning my D300s any day any how, but this is a killer compact and is incredibly fun to use. Quick access to fully customizable white balance?! Oh yes! I can’t really say much more about the camera than that right now. Gotta post and run. Actually, I’m posting and sleeping. I’m so jet lagged!

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March 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

Japanese Taxi

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Panasonic DMC-LX3 at 12.8mm f/2.8 ISO100 1/125 Second

Panasonic DMC-LX3 at 12.8mm f/2.8 ISO100 1/125 Second

Saw this image while going through some of the older files in my library, and it brought back some memories of my visit to Japan this year. I took this shot of some taxi cabs in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, where we spent the first three nights of our trip visiting friends. Taxi cabs, of course, are different over there than in the States. Don’t try to open that passenger door yourself, or you might have it swing out and hit you! The driver actually controls the opening and closing of the rear door.

But this image also reminded me of a strange incident I had in Shinjuku, a major district in Tokyo. We arrived at the train station in this area after traveling from the south, and upon exiting the station, we realized that we had no idea where our hotel was. Not typically a problem when I have cell phone reception, but we were without connectivity, so we had to find it the old fashioned way. My first instinct was to hail a cab. So I walked up to one in front of the station, and as the door swung open, I asked (in Japanese) “can you take me to this hotel please?” He replied by telling me he had no idea where it was, even though I was showing him the address and saying the hotel’s name over and over.

So I figured, uh oh, if the cabbie doesn’t know where it is, it must be far from here! After walking around for what seemed like forever, we finally found a koban (a small police box assigned to a specific area). I knew the officer would know the hotel if it was close. Sure enough, he gave us simple directions to the place, which we discovered was only about a 3 minute walk from the station where we started!!!!

What was up that cab driver?! Did he really not know where this hotel was? Oh well.

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October 21, 2009 at 1:35 am