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Teppanyaki Lunch at The Garden Okazaki in Eastern Kyoto
Private Room for Five at the Hotel Okura's The Garden Okazaki Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Private Room for Five
at the Hotel Okura's The Garden Okazaki
ホテルオークラの「ザ・ガーデン岡崎」での鉄板焼きランチ
Kyoto Japan

Fumie's folks took us out for lunch the other day, after a morning event to mark the 100th day of Fumie's dad's mom passing during the summer (she was 99½). The meal was teppanyaki at The Garden Okazaki, similar to the exquisite meal at another local hotel that I wrote about in the spring.

Nice View and we each got a big cloth apron -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Nice View
and we each got a big cloth apron
First Appetizer shrimp and various fishes -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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First Appetizer
shrimp and various fishes
Waiting in the Wings for later courses -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Waiting in the Wings
for later courses
Starting With the Grill -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Starting With the Grill
Shrimp Appetizer -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Shrimp Appetizer
With Sauce -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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With Sauce
And a Sprig of Green -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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And a Sprig of Green
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More Waiting in the Wings
Butter and fish and veggies -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Butter
and fish and veggies
A Touch of Seasoning -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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A Touch of Seasoning
Layering rice patty, grilled fish, veggies -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Layering
rice patty, grilled fish, veggies
Sauces -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Sauces
Raw Garlic -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Raw Garlic
Soon Became Garlic Chips -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Soon Became Garlic Chips
Bring on the Beef -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Bring on the Beef
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Pepper
Lunch is Served my medium-rare steak is done; mediums are still on the grill -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lunch is Served
my medium-rare steak is done; mediums are still on the grill
Rice and Beef Snippets... -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Rice and Beef Snippets...
... and Lots of Minced Garlic made for a very nice garlic rice -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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... and Lots of Minced Garlic
made for a very nice garlic rice
Dessert -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Dessert
Anthony's Milk Tea -- The Garden Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Anthony's Milk Tea

So, the big question is whether this one was better than the one before, and we were split, so it's probably that they're quite comparable.


Fixing Lightroom Problems Caused by the POODLE Security Vulnerability
No Poodles Here (beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder) At a gallery in Carmel California, in 2000 -- Carmel, California, United States -- Copyright 2000 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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No Poodles Here
(wow, beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder)
At a gallery in Carmel California, in 2000

A security weakness dubbed POODLE has recently been discovered in how internet-connected applications make secure connections, and this is having an increasingly-detrimental impact on Lightroom. Thankfully, it's easy enough to fix for most folks, and this post tells you how.

POODLE manifests itself in that certain kinds of secure connections are no longer quite as secure as they're supposed to be, so until you fix this for your Internet-connected applications, your data may be at risk. But the secondary problem is that, until fixed on your system, your Internet-connected applications like Lightroom may experience seemingly random network errors as more and more remote sites, in an effort to protect their users' data, completely disable support for the insecure protocol.

(A tertiary problem is that folks running into these networking problems while using my Lightroom plugins blame the plugin and inundate me with bug reports.)

How to fix for Mac OS X:

Install Apple's latest security update (which you should be doing anyway). That's it. You're done.

How to fix for Windows:

If you use any of my Lightroom plugins, the easiest way to fix it is to upgrade to the latest version of the plugin. As of versions that I released yesterday, all my plugins do a one-time check to see whether you're vulnerable, and if so, pop up a dialog that offers to fix it for you:

Just click on the [fix now] button and the plugin will fix the problem (disable SSL support in Internet Options, and enable TLS support.).

If you don't use any of my plugins, or if you didn't fix it the one time the dialog (perhaps unexpectedly) popped up, you can use my free my System Information plugin to check/fix your system any time:

The [how to fix] button brings you to the same dialog shown earlier, offering to fix it immediately for you.

In either case, the plugin fixes applications like Internet Explorer and Lightroom that use the base Windows connection library. Some third-party browsers do their own networking, so must be fixed separately. If you have custom browsers on Windows, see this page. (That page also explains how to do the base fix the plugins do, in case you don't want to have the plugins do it for you.)


Odd Things in Western Kyoto

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Huh?

The other day while scootering around western Kyoto, I paid a visit to something that looked odd in Google Maps, to see what it actually was.

It seemed to be a building of cube rooms...


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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 170mm — 1/400 sec, f/6.3, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos

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It turns out to be an assisted-living nursing home named Life in Kyoto (ライフ・イン京都) with 226 units ranging from 350 ft² to 920 ft². It seems a bit pricey to move in... of the four units currently available, the largest is a scant 445 ft², but costs $350,000 for a single person to move in, or $470,000 for a couple. As far as I can tell, that's just a fee... you're not getting any equity.

On top of that, there's a monthly fee of about $1,000/month for a couple, and $650/month per person for meal service (about $21/day for three meals, which seems like a good deal).

You have to be 55 or older to move in. If you're like my grandmother-in-law who passed away this summer at 99, the $350,000 fee to move in at 55 prorates to $8,000 a year. If you move in at 65 and live to 83 (the average life expediency in Japan), that works out to almost $20,000/year. I guess, like everything in life, it's a gamble.

The view is nice... here's a shot from the neighboring building, with Kyoto Tower about 7km (4¼ miles) away:


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Not far away, while slowly puttering through a very residential area on the western edge of the city, I came across a tiny park, large enough to accommodate only a few cars were it a parking lot. But it was a park, and it accommodated exactly one 1911-era steam locomotive:


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Circa 1911 O&K Type C1 Steam Locomotive
at SL Park (SL公園), Kyoto Japan

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Information Display
what's left of it

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Inside

This is the unsurprising answer to last week's A Black-on-Black “What am I?” Quiz.


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Choo-Choo

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Odd to find this tucked away in a fringe residential area. It calls to mind the one-man kamikaze submarine that used to be on display not far away in Arashiyama. Here's a photo of a marble monument that I took seven years ago:


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Type 10 Kaiten One-Man Kamikaze Sub

The sub (torpedo really) itself used to actually be on display here in this pretty little garden off on one side of a restaurant, but it was moved to Hiroshima. There was also a crudely-carved painted wooden sign:


Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 at an effective 25mm — 1/80 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

I noted in a blog post in 2011 that the marble plaque had been removed as well.

Anyway, one can certainly come across some odd things in western Kyoto.


Finding a Rainy 25-Year-Old Memory on Miyajima Island
Maniden Hall (right) and Main Hall (left) at the Daishoin Temple (大聖院), Miyajima Japan -- Daishoin Temple (大聖院) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Maniden Hall (right) and Main Hall (left)
at the Daishoin Temple (大聖院), Miyajima Japan

During past weekend's trip to Miyajima Island, the impending typhoon brought back memories of my first trip to the island, in 1989 after having been in Japan for only a month. A friend at work (Andy Krantz) had a nice trip planned for the week-long Obon holidays the country takes every August, and kindly invited me along. On this trip we stopped by Miyajima Island, which I knew nothing about (at the time I knew nothing about Japan except Perl Harbor and Sony).

On that visit I certainly would have seen the famous shrine gate, but I don't remember it at all. My only memory of that visit 25+ years ago is of a small gazebo at a temple where one can shake a rope to jingle bells to awaken the gods' attention to your petitions, I guess (as described here). During the visit, we had the island to ourselves because it was nonstop torrential rain... just amazing amounts of water descending from the sky in nonstop torrents. I remember the little gazebo because it provided a short respite from the rain. We shook the rope. It was probably my first visit to a temple of any kind.

So with this memory in mind this past weekend, I wondered where that gazebo was. I don't recall having seen it on any subsequent trip to the island (here and here), so I kept more of an active eye out this time.

Part of my wanderings brought to the Daisho-in Temple, tucked in the mountains 15 minutes from the famous shrine gate. With buildings sprinkled all up the side of a mountain, there are many levels and stairways. Every time I came to the top of a stairway I thought I might find my gazebo, but I reached the top without finding it...

End of the Trail furthest area of the Daisho-in Temple -- Daishoin Temple (大聖院) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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End of the Trail
furthest area of the Daisho-in Temple

I didn't know it at the time, but it turns out that my gazebo is in front of the hall at right in the photo above. Descending back down to where the stairs to the hall starts...

Prayer Wheels (摩尼車) steps leading to Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院 の 摩尼殿) -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Prayer Wheels (摩尼車)
steps leading to Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院摩尼殿)

The idea is that you spin them as you go by, as the person in the photo above is doing. According to the note written down the first support for the wheels, it's believed that spinning a wheel once around provides the same benefits as reading one scroll of sutras. Whatever that means.

Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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At the top of the stairs is Maniden Hall, fronted by a gazebo with the rope and bells...

Revisiting After 25 Years -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Revisiting After 25 Years
I Remember This Scene -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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I Remember This Scene

I seem to remember more distance between the gazebo and the building proper, but it was immediately clear that this is the place I remembered. I was happy to have found it.

Looking Back -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Looking Back
Detailed Carvings -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Detailed Carvings

I don't recall the Hall itself on that trip 25 years ago. It was probably shuttered up for the storm. Peeking inside this time...

Ready for a Crowd -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Ready for a Crowd

Following the veranda down the side and to the back, you come to a red-velvet steep stairway...

Steep Stairway -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/6 sec, f/5.6, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep Stairway
Twisty -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Twisty

It leads to the upper level of the two-story pagoda, which was mostly empty...

Table for Two -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Table for Two

The ceiling was pretty, though less symmetrical than I would have imagined...

Remarkably Unsymmetrical -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/5, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Remarkably Unsymmetrical
Nice View -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/11, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice View

You can see the five-story pagoda in the distance.

Side Veranda back on the first floor -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Side Veranda
back on the first floor
One More Look Inside the first floor -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
One More Look Inside
the first floor
Spinning they're heading up as I'm heading down -- Daishoin Temple's Maniden Hall (大聖院の摩尼殿) -- Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Spinning
they're heading up as I'm heading down

Colorful Precipitation Radar Five Hours Before the Typhoon

Typhoon Approaching
4:05 PM — T minus-5 hours

I've never seen the precipitation radar look quite this colorful. This is from a few minutes ago. I live at the black dot to the lower-right of center. Typhoon #19 (Vongfong, though these kind of names are never used in Japan) is forecast to pass through Kyoto in five or six hours. A bit exciting.

Update: 70 minutes later, it's all the more impressive:


5:15 PM

Now at 7:25 it's a field of red, and it's raining here, but it really doesn't seem that bad. Also, the wind, which was quite strong a few hours ago, seems to have died down considerably.


7:25 PM

Update the next morning: it turned out to be not such a big deal here in Kyoto... it rained but not even close to the torrential rains we get in the summer. The Kamo river, for example, didn't even come close to flooding (as it sometimes does).