Back in Kyoto (2008 Edition)
Jetlagged but finally home -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1800 — full exif
Jetlagged
but finally home

My trip to Ohio for the summer has finally ended, and so it's time for the annual “Back in Kyoto” post (just like 2007, 2006, and 2005).

This year we took Northwest Airlines, which afforded us a mid-day departure from Akron-Canton airport for a short hop to Detroit, and then a Detroit-Kansai flight that cuts out the west coast. That makes for an overall savings of several hours compared the Cleveland/Chicago/San Francisco/Kansai flight I've done many times on United Airlines. The shorter trip is wonderful, but one unfortunate side effect is that the longest leg is now 14 hours instead of 12 hours, which is, well, long.

We actually arrived half an hour early, and to a wonderful sunset. To top it off, there was absolutely no waiting for immigration, luggage, or customs. Shockingly, my two bags were the fourth and fifth bags to emerge on the little conveyer, which started just as we walked up. How wonderful.

Like last year, Fumie and her mom met us and gave me a key to a room at the on-airport hotel. They took Anthony for the two-hour drive home, which allowed me to shower and sleep right away.

Except this year, I didn't sleep right away.

While I was in Ohio, Fumie had picked up the Nikon D700 and new lenses I'd ordered, and had left them in the hotel room for me. Even after a shower, I felt like a zombie, but I unboxed the camera and the new Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, threw in one of my Nikon D200 batteries, and walked around the airport for 15 minutes.

Edge of the Terminal at ISO 6400 -- Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36 mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Edge of the Terminal
at ISO 6400

The terminal building at Kansai International is a curvy, graceful, cavernous four levels high.

Cavernous Four stories high, and four football fields long -- Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Cavernous
Four stories high, and four football fields long

The main building is like that for its 400-meter length, and so it's full of photographic opportunities. In my zombie state, though, the best I could come up with was this...

Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos

I guess I like the escalators. They were also a photographic target when I first got my D200 (as seen in a post about my photo/blog workflow earlier this year).

I felt pathetic not being able to exploit the visual richness of the area, so I packed away the camera, exchanged some Canadian Dollars left over from our trip to Vancouver and Whistler, and went back to the room to sleep.

I woke up refreshed at 6am, ate a couple of bananas, packed up everything, and took the JR Haruka Express train to Kyoto. It was mostly empty, so I could spread out and relax, and I caught up on some photo work with Lightroom.

It was a hot, muggy, humid, hazy summer day, typical of summer in this part of Japan.

Typical Hot/muggy/hazy view from the train -- Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO 500 — map & image datanearby photos
Typical
Hot/muggy/hazy view from the train
Atypical shot from the train showing area with a lot of power lines -- Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/200 sec, f/11, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Atypical
shot from the train showing area with a lot of power lines

Japan has a lot of power lines (and the associated ugly towers) all over the place, but there's one area between Kyoto and Osaka where they seem to be unusually prevalent. I see it from the train each time I go by, but I keep meaning to head down there on my scooter to see what it looks like. Will have to do that some day.

I got back home in Kyoto at about 10:30 this morning. The jetlag hasn't been too bad, but it's now 7pm and I'm starting to feel like a zombie again. Anthony had school today, and has been in good shape, although he did conked out for a short nap in the afternoon (the lead picture above).


All 8 comments so far, oldest first...

Cute picture of Anthony. Welcome back home.

— comment by Zak on September 9th, 2008 at 9:40pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Im sure when you are rested from your trip you will be shooting a lot of D700 photos 🙂 I’m finding anything up to and including 3200 looks just great.

— comment by Jon Van Dalen on September 10th, 2008 at 11:46am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Welcome home! Even in a zombie like state, the images are great as always…looking forward to seeing more from the D700…

James

— comment by Jonosay on September 10th, 2008 at 12:12pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hello, good day and okairinasai. Your blog is really wonderful. I enjoy reading it very much. I have one question for this post and it may just sound very silly, but I am curious. Why is it that you didn’t go home together with your family on the day you arrived Kansai airport?

The reason is still the same as when answered the same question last year: by the time I got out of customs and immigration, I had been awake and traveling for 23 hours. To face another two-hour drive cramped in a car (with a kid who has an inversely-proportional amount of energy) is just too much to handle, at least when there’s such an easy way out. By getting a room at the on-airport hotel, I buy myself some sanity. I can be showered and asleep in 15 minutes. It’s much more refreshing. —Jeffrey

— comment by Sylvie on September 10th, 2008 at 10:54pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

I too have noticed what I have come to call “the Jeffrey system” of travel. Hotel in, hotel out.

— comment by Jon Van Dalen on September 11th, 2008 at 3:45am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Welcome back … with your D700,

— comment by britto on September 11th, 2008 at 9:41am JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeffrey, I normally follow your blog quietly ever since I stumbled on it thanks to your PicasaWeb LR exporter… but here’s a congrats to your new toy, I envy you!!! 🙂

— comment by Alexander on September 11th, 2008 at 4:20pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Hello. Welcome back to muggy Japan!
Anthony and George are look so tired…..by the way,which is the jetlagged George?

— comment by Chiharu on September 11th, 2008 at 4:54pm JST (9 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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