Winning the Kyoto Marathon 2017 (Papa Division)
Accepting His Award Winner, Papa Division , Kyoto Marathon 2017 京都マラソン2017、パパ部の1位 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Accepting His Award
Winner, Papa Division, Kyoto Marathon 2017
京都マラソン2017、パパ部の1位

Today was the 2017 Kyoto Marathon. As in some years past (2012, 2014, 2015) I went out for a few photos of the 16,000 runners.

This little scene unfolded before me at a corner 500m (⅓ mile) before the finish...

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Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wider Scene -- Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wider Scene
Off to Wrap Up Loose Ends a few more minutes' run to actually finish the race -- Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Off to Wrap Up Loose Ends
a few more minutes' run to actually finish the race

According to his bib-number stats, this guy (木村剛 / Goh Kimura) finished in 3:55:21, which includes the unusually-long 9:44 it took him to get to the starting line (and, of course, includes the time needed for the event above).

I was able to find in the shots I took earlier, as well... can you find him in this shot from about the 32km (20mi) mark?

Kyoto Marathon 2017 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Enjoying Delicious Nankotsu at Torikizoku
Tasty Skewer of Chicken and Scallion at a local Torikizoku (鳥貴族) restaurant -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tasty Skewer of Chicken and Scallion
at a local Torikizoku (鳥貴族) restaurant

I've recently been taking a fancy to yakitori (grilled skewered chicken), and especially the crunchy nankotsu variety.

Torikizoku is a chain of yakitori restaurants whose thing is that everything on the menu is 280 yen (plus tax, making each item currently about US$2.60), so the menu is just a list of items.

Two Items to Start With -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Two Items to Start With

Any drink is one item, and this includes a normal serving of Suntory Premium Malts beer (seen on my blog in A Visit to Suntory’s Kyoto Beer Brewery), making the price comparable to the cost of a can in a convenience store, instead of the about-double price a restaurant normally charges. It's a wonderful value for a tasty beer, but even better is the Octoberfest-class jug of Kinmugi (金麦) seen above. It seems to be about a liter, and is the same $2.60 price as the Premium Malts despite being about twice the size, because the relative proportions of the ingredients falls outside Japan's legal definition of beer, so it's taxed much less than beer. Just as tasty.

Indeed “ Enjoy Rich Taste in Relaxing Time ” -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Indeed
Enjoy Rich Taste in Relaxing Time

The bowl of cabbage to nibble on with your chicken is also $2.60, which is perhaps steep for a bowl of cabbage, but unlike other items, this one is bottomless so you have it refilled as often as you like.

Wave Two a salad and some chicken sausages -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wave Two
a salad and some chicken sausages

All the meat items come in pairs, on skewers, so the two sausages above are $2.60 for the pair.

As you are done with each skewer, you put it in a bamboo receptacle on the table...

One Down -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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One Down
More -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More
Chicken and Scallion Three servings (6 skewers) -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chicken and Scallion
Three servings (6 skewers)
Nankotsu Four servings (8 skewers) -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nankotsu
Four servings (8 skewers)

These patterns repeat, with the occasional other item thrown in. I tend to stop eating nankotsu when they run out.

Nankotsu is cartilage, and in this case, they're chicken knees. Sounds yucky, but sooo tasty.

End of the Meal -- Torikizoku (鳥貴族) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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End of the Meal

Snowy Cycleversary Mountain-Ride Challenge, Part 2
desktop background image of a snowy mountain scene in the mountains of Kyoto, Japan -- Absolutely Gorgeous snowy world somewhere between Hanase Pass and Nomi Pass, Kyoto Japan (this is a full -color photograph) -- Copyright 2017 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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Absolutely Gorgeous
snowy world somewhere between Hanase Pass and Nomi Pass, Kyoto Japan
(this is a full-color photograph)
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This post picks up from part one on my two-year-cycleversary ride though the snowy mountains north of Kyoto. I'd suffered a spell of frozen fingers, but was now mostly warm again and in good spirits.

The area is fantastically beautiful in the snow.

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Small Village with blessedly-clear tracks to ride in, mostly -- 北山クラフト協同組合 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Small Village
with blessedly-clear tracks to ride in, mostly
Turnoff I took the right, leading to the Kuta area and its Nomi Pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Turnoff
I took the right, leading to the Kuta area and its Nomi Pass
Obscured Warnings various warnings about snow, partially obscured by snow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Obscured Warnings
various warnings about snow, partially obscured by snow
Snowy Road Paralleling the Clear River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Snowy Road Paralleling the Clear River
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Very Steep and very difficult for me to ride -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Very Steep
and very difficult for me to ride

As I mentioned in Part One, riding through the semi-compact snow with thin (28mm) road-bike tires often felt like my tires had to work like ice breakers, shoving through a semi-frozen slushiness of evil-Goldilocks consistency (it's not strong enough to support the weight of the bike, nor weak enough to be easily shoved out of the way).

It was particularly bad on the super-steep initial climb toward Nomi Pass, and the added power needed to push through the ice required more traction than my tires could afford, so I ended up walking the worst parts of it.

Nomi Pass 能見峠 -- Nomi Pass (能見峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Nomi Pass
能見峠
Relatively Clear -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Relatively Clear
End of “ Relatively Clear ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 Relatively Clear
Exiting the Forest -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Exiting the Forest
Gunk -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Gunk

Sometimes so much frozen gunk would get caught up in the mechanisms, the rear tire would lock up until I gave things a few good kicks to jar things loose.

Over time, I also lost the outer range of my gears, also due to frozen gunk, first losing the easiest granny gear up front, then the higher gears in the rear. I didn't miss the latter until I got to the fast, snow-free downhills later in the ride.

I'd stopped at the spot above because the farmhouse scene is quite picturesque...

desktop background image of a snowy farmhouse scene in the mountains of Kyoto, Japan -- Snowy Farmstead -- Copyright 2017 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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Snowy Farmstead
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Farm + Boxing Ring thin electric-fence wires made thick by snow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Farm + Boxing Ring
thin electric-fence wires made thick by snow
Roadside Temple -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Roadside Temple
Oh Deer! a well-camouflaged white-butt deer in the river watches a man and his dog 右側に川の中で鹿いる。 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Oh Deer!
a well-camouflaged white-butt deer in the river watches a man and his dog
右側に川の中で鹿いる。
Frosty -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Frosty
Nasty road-wise -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Nasty
road-wise
Picturesque moreso in reality than in the photo, sadly -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Picturesque
moreso in reality than in the photo, sadly
Icy Mountain Bike Stand -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Icy Mountain Bike Stand
Nearing Route 367 for the 32km (20mi) ride home -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Nearing Route 367
for the 32km (20mi) ride home

Having reached Route 367 (the same road as covered in this silly-cycling article), the road was mostly clear for the undulating return to Kyoto.

Mostly-Clear Road -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Mostly-Clear Road
Scenery Still Pretty -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Scenery Still Pretty
Still Frosty -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Still Frosty
Bypass Road around a tunnel -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Bypass Road
around a tunnel
I'll Take the Tunnel Today -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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'll Take the Tunnel Today
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Superfrosty -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Superfrosty
Getting a bit Slushy -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Getting a bit Slushy
Super-Fast Descent I'll often hit 70kph just before this curve, but not today -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Super-Fast Descent
I'll often hit 70kph just before this curve, but not today
Last Photo of the Day because I noticed the lens had become splattered with muddy water -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Last Photo of the Day
because I noticed the lens had become splattered with muddy water

All in all it was a great ride, though next year I'll take a bit more care with my gloves. I should also get more knobby tires for the snow, but I don't know whether one ride a year is worth the hassle.

Here's the ride at Strava:

Can't wait to see what the next two years brings...


Snowy Cycleversary Mountain-Ride Challenge, Part 1
Typical Japanese-Cycling “ Impromptu Portrait ” from my two-year cycleversary ride the other day -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Typical Japanese-Cycling Impromptu Portrait
from my two-year cycleversary ride the other day

I started cycling two years ago when I naïvely went on this ride, joining only because I had no clue about what was intended. We ended up doing 55km (34 miles), which was probably 10× what I had ever ridden before. I was invigorated to have done so easily what I would have imagined would be impossible, so I decided to set out on a real ride, a longer, hillier one done with intention.

So a week later, on Feb 7 2015, I did another ride — what I now consider my first real bicycle ride — a 91km (57mi) course through snowy mountains. I blogged about it in Attempting a 100km Bike Ride in the Mountains of Kyoto and its followup. The long mountainous course went through the middle of nowhere, far from any kind of services; I could consider such a ride, particularly in the middle of winter, only because I was woefully, stupendously, sumptuously ignorant of everything involved.

Earlier this week, on the two-year anniversary of that first real ride, I repeated it. This time, I headed into it with 15,000km (9,300mi) of cycling experience.

Ready To Head Out bundled up against the cold -- Park House Kyoto Okazaki Yuurakusou -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 45mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — image data
Ready To Head Out
bundled up against the cold
Mountains North of Kyoto mountains I'll be entering look a bit frosty -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 @ 60mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Mountains North of Kyoto
mountains I'll be entering look a bit frosty
A Bit Blustery though I'll remain to one side of this particular mountain -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 @ 60mm — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Blustery
though I'll remain to one side of this particular mountain
Getting Closer to the snow -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Getting Closer
to the snow
Beautiful Frosty Look -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Beautiful Frosty Look
Just Gorgeous though, sadly, I'm not able to capture it in the photo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Just Gorgeous
though, sadly, I'm not able to capture it in the photo

On the initial ride two years ago, a photo of this exact spot shows no trace of snow. Despite the snow this time, the road surface was still fine.

Kurama Temple 鞍馬寺 -- Kurama Temple (鞍馬寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Kurama Temple
鞍馬寺
Snowy Kurama compare to this snowless shot two years ago -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Snowy Kurama
compare to this snowless shot two years ago
Start of the First Big Climb Kurama Onsen (Kurama Hot Spring) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Start of the First Big Climb
Kurama Onsen (Kurama Hot Spring)

By the time the first big climb started at the Kurama Hot Spring, the road had some slush on it but it was easily ridable, but I didn't have to go much farther for the road surface to become much more difficult:

Slush Continues to Encroach this was the last of the “ easy ” riding for a long time -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Slush Continues to Encroach
this was the last of the easy riding for a long time
Memorable Spot from my first ride -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Memorable Spot
from my first ride

A particular curve on the road holds special memory for me, as the first place I actually stopped for a rest on that first climb (mentioned here). As I rode the same mountain again over subsequent months, riding past this point without stopping became somewhat symbolic for me, until I was finally able to do the whole thing without stopping.

Today was different, though. By this time the road surface had become difficult to ride on. The difficulty was not because there was too much snow, but because of its nature: it was hard-packed almost ice that sometimes the bike could ride on, and sometimes not. When the bike could ride on the surface of this stuff, it was a bit slippery, but easy going. But more often, the weight of the bike caused each tire to break through the surface, and the tire would have to shove through this hard thick layer like an ice breaker struggling against thick ice (which uses its power to push the bow up onto the ice until enough weight is over the ice to break through).

It was like riding with two brakes on; it was very slow going.

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Road-Clearing Backhoe -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Road-Clearing Backhoe
Post-Backhoe Road actually worse than before; still as much ice, but now more slippery -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 @ 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/7.1, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Post-Backhoe Road
actually worse than before; still as much ice, but now more slippery
Turnoff to Momoi and a city bus with chains on the rear tires -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Turnoff to Momoi
and a city bus with chains on the rear tires
Pretty but slow going -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Pretty
but slow going
Hairpin the same one seen in the opening photo -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Hairpin
the same one seen in the opening photo
Another Hairpin there are eight of them on this climb, all beautiful in their own way -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Another Hairpin
there are eight of them on this climb, all beautiful in their own way
Final Climb -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Final Climb
Hanase Pass 花背峠 -- Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Hanase Pass
花背峠
Arrival Selfie -- Hanase Pass (花背峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 6+ + front camera — 1/1050 sec, f/2.2, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Arrival Selfie

I wasn't kidding when I said that the road surface made for slow going. It's not that I was trying for speed in the first place, but it took ridiculously long to get here from the hot spring.

On that initial ride two years ago it took 48 minutes, and I was much faster on subsequent attempts, eventually reaching my current PR (personal record) of just under 29 minutes. But on this two-year anniversary ride, my 29th climb up this hill, it took more than 58 minutes! I knew I was slow, but this was shocking.

As slow as the climb was, the descent down the other side was even worse, taking more than 4× as long as typical. On the way up I had to contend with the ice breaker effect of the road surface, but on the descent I also had to worry that when in ice breaker mode, the front tire would get a mind of its own as far as direction.

Also, just like an icebreaker that rises over the ice until heavy enough to break through, repeating this sequence over and over, sometimes the tires would do this as well, making it feel like I was riding a jackhammer instead of a bicycle.

It was dicey at times, and combine with the general slippery nature of things, I went very slowly, far more slowly than even climbing the same road. Instead of my best-ever time of 11:24 for the descent, it took 47:20. My best time to make the same climb is 28:54

It was slow going, but beautiful.

Descent into a Snowy Village -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Descent into a Snowy Village
Cowbell closed for the winter -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Cowbell
closed for the winter
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Gorgeous Scenery -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Gorgeous Scenery
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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/7.1, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos

I dressed well, and was warm for the whole ride, except during the descent my fingers became bitterly cold. It seemed sudden, the change from warm and toasty to so freain' painful I can't stop crying.

There's some kind of park-related cafe on the route... the only business/services of any kind for the bulk of the ride, and I was hoping to make it there for coffee and noodles before having to do something about my fingers. But I just couldn't stand it, and had to stop to put in little hand-warmer heater packs I'd brought along. Trying to first warm up my fingers by shoving them under my armpits did indeed warm them up, but it was exquisitely painful. I should have stopped sooner to put in the hand warmers; it was a miscalculation to think the two pair of gloves I had would be sufficient.

My toes were getting a bit chilly, and I had extra warmers to put in, but I'd wait until I got to the cafe.

By the time I got to the cafe, I was so ready for a hot cup of coffee and a warm space heater.

Doh! “ Park closed today ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Doh!
Park closed today

To be continued...


Heian Shrine Setsubun Burn, 2017: Lackluster Photos of a Visually-Exciting Event
Chucking Another Onto the Fire Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Chucking Another Onto the Fire
Heian Shrine (平安神宮)

Today was the Setsubun festival at the Heian Shrine (and many shrines around Japan). I've written about the overall festival earlier, such as Setsubun and Mamemaki: Driving out the Demons nine years ago, and Attack (and Repulsion) of the Evil Spirits five years ago.

Today I went only to watch the final bonfire event. I explain it in some detail in Intense Burn: Shinto Rite at the Heian Shrine from nine years ago, and so like this post from five years ago, this time are just some photos.

I wandered over to the shrine about half an hour before the fires were to start, only to find that they were almost done already! )-:

Scene When I Arrived -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Scene When I Arrived

That was a bummer.

I broke out my Nikkor 300mm f/2 and started shooting as best I could without having done the prep I should have (camera settings, etc.). My photography mojo has gone downhill since cycling has taken my attention.

Grabbing Some Stacks -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Grabbing Some Stacks
One By One Into the Fire -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1000 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
One By One Into the Fire

(Again, what's going on during this festival is explained in this blog post.)

Chanting -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Chanting
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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'm having the hardest time with the white balance for these shots. The scenes include any number of things that are ostensibly white, such as parts of the red/white striped banners in the background, and the shirts/collars of the chanting priests, but using them with Lightroom's white-balance tool yields wildly crazy results that are just all over the map.

On top of that, they feel washed out and dull, and the focus is off. I dunno. Gotta get my mojo back.

300mm seems to be a bit tight for this event. I used Lightroom to stitch together a few shots to make this:

Multi-Shot Stitch not very “ panorama ” like when the source is 300mm -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Multi-Shot Stitch
not very panorama like when the source is 300mm

Check out the ripples in the upper-right corner:

(close up from the previous shot) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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(close up from the previous shot)
Chanters -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Chanters
Hot -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Hot
From a Safe Distance -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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From a Safe Distance
Ripply -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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Ripply
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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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(close up from previous shot) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 300mm f/2 — 1/1250 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
(close up from previous shot)

It was over pretty quickly, and that was that. I've got to use this lens more than once a year to get used to it.

While things were winding down, I chatted with a group of students on summer break from their university in Australia. They posed for a photo:

Kyoto for the Summer ( this chilly place is where they spend their summer? :-) ) -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/1250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto for the Summer
(this chilly place is where they spend their summer? 🙂 )
All Done -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 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 D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/6400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
All Done