Serene Photos to Calm the Nerves
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desktop background image of a young Japanese girl in kimono on a small garden bridge  --  Inquisitive Kid checking out the carp at the Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院), Kyoto Japan  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Inquisitive Kid
checking out the carp at the Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院), Kyoto Japan
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What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday I had such a wonderful, inspiring time at the ikebana show at the Shoren'in Temple; today was great until the evening when I had the mind-numbing, soul-sucking experience of spending four hours on half a dozen travel web sites trying to find reasonable tickets for Fumie and her folks to visit my folks this winter when Anthony and I are already visiting.

Through the process I became intimately familiar with global flight schedules, but was unable to produce an itinerary that combined the best flights for us... every travel web site I checked would invariably not offer the best flight on one segment, no matter what options I selected. To give you a feel for how desperate I became trying to build this Atlantis itinerary, I even tried the pure-Evil that is Orbitz.

In the end I got an okay itinerary at a relatively great price, so I guess I shouldn't complain. I also guess I should let my folks know that they'll finally meet my wife's folks. (I suppose, though, I've just done that with this post.)

In any case, the process left me devoid of life, so I quickly scanned through the photos from yesterday's ikebana (flower-arranging) show presented at the eminently classy Shoren'in Temple, grabbing the first half dozen photos that calmed my nerves, and so here we are.

Rio-chan's Arrangement by Anthony's fourth-grade classmate  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  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 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Rio-chan's Arrangement
by Anthony's fourth-grade classmate
desktop background image of a hallway at the Shoren  --  Temple Hallway always on the outside edge of the building  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/  --  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 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1800 — map & image datanearby photos
Temple Hallway
always on the outside edge of the building
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I'd normally caption this as “Pensive” but since this is a kid, “Bored” is probably correct  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
I'd normally caption this as
“Pensive”
but since this is a kid, “Bored” is probably correct
desktop background image of a Japanese woman in kimono in a temple, screnenly checking email on her iPhone  --  Checking Email with style  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Email
with style
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Photo Opp by a very young kid in full-on kimono  --  Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)  --  Kyoto, Japan  --  Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/160 sec, f/2.5, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
Photo Opp
by a very young kid in full-on kimono

Like yesterday's event, this post combines a number of photogenic elements... a nice temple, nice kimono, and nice flower arrangements. All have been featured many times on my blog, but for a few ideas to explore...

Continued here...


One comment so far...

Maybe I’m just grumpy, but all I see in that first photo is a young girl adopting the pigeon-toed stance so many other Japanese girls do because they think it’s cute. It becomes ingrained in the musculature, and they end up walking with their toes pointed inward all the time, which just looks deformed to me. I want to hand out cards from orthopoedic surgeons to all these girls.

For what it’s worth, other photos don’t show the pigeon-toed stance, so either she was trying to get more forward leverage with a triangle stance, or I just happen to have snapped the photo during some kind of adjustment. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zachary on October 9th, 2012 at 7:33am JST (5 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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