Cute Little Melodrama in Five Photos
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A cute little scene unfolded before me at the Nagaoka Tenmangu Shrine (Nagaokakyo City, Japan; 長岡京市の長岡天満宮) yesterday while killing time before Fumie's ballet recital. The captions represent what I imagine is being said or thought...

“Take My Hand, Sweetie” 手をつなえで行こうね  --  長岡天満宮  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2012-09-23/2098  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
“Take My Hand, Sweetie”
手をつなえで行こうね
“ I Can Walk By MYSELF” いや、一人行ける  --  長岡天満宮  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2012-09-23/2098  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 2800 — map & image datanearby photos
I Can Walk By MYSELF”
いや、一人行ける
“Hmm, What Have I Done ?” えっ、  --  長岡天満宮  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2012-09-23/2098  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
“Hmm, What Have I Done?”
えっ、
“Not Working Out Quite As I Expected. ..” なんか寂し  --  長岡天満宮  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2012-09-23/2098  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
“Not Working Out Quite As I Expected...”
なんか寂し
“Ah, Yes, This Feels Right” やっぱり、パパと一緒がいい  --  長岡天満宮  --  Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/2012-09-23/2098  --  This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (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 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
“Ah, Yes, This Feels Right”
やっぱり、パパと一緒がいい

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Very nice, Jeffery. Made me smile – and good photos too.

— comment by Ed Rosack on September 23rd, 2012 at 9:54pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Too kawaii!

— comment by LadySaotome on September 23rd, 2012 at 11:06pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Loved this. Think you nailed it.

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on September 24th, 2012 at 1:25am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

This was a really touching sequence of photos. Very nicely done. I also applaud your courage – I probably would have been too afraid to take photos like these at the distances that you did. (Then again, maybe people in Japan aren’t as paranoid as Americans are about people taking their photos, especially if it’s a male photographer taking photos of children.)

No courage evident here… I don’t think the dad really even noticed me. If he did, I would have just smiled in a “your child is adorable” way. I know the kind of street-photographer courage/gumption/boldness you’re talking about, but I don’t have (nor necessarily want) that. —Jeffrey

— comment by David K. on September 24th, 2012 at 1:55am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Awwwwww.

That is a lovely set of pictures, and a touching little moment in their day.

— comment by scooby70 on September 27th, 2012 at 7:25am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Nicely captured, Jeffrey. Your photos tell an excellent story, one which many parents of young ones will appreciate. I know I certainly smiled remembering my experiences walking with my little ones.

Thanks.

— comment by Chris on October 6th, 2012 at 2:31am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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