Pleasant Boat Ride on a Pleasant Arashiyama Evening
Boatride at Dusk Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan -- Arashiyama Station -- 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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Boatride at Dusk
Arashiyama area of Kyoto, Japan

I had a pleasant evening yesterday, with a relaxing boat ride on the Katsura River, in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto. An elementary-school friend of Manseki was in town and invited Manseki, who in turn invited some friends, which included me.

I took the subway and tram across town. At the final station, there's a Kimono Forest, a small but well-done art installation...

“ Kimono Forest ” Randen Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kimono Forest
Randen Arashiyama Station
Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I then met up with others at the boat dock for the two-hour ride...

Piling In -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Piling In
Our Gondolier for lack of a better name (the real name is sendo , 船頭, “ boatman ” ) -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Our Gondolier
for lack of a better name
(the real name is sendo, 船頭, boatman)
“ Cheers ” -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cheers
Togetsukyo -- Arashiyama Station -- 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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Togetsukyo

Arashiyama's famous Togetsukyo bridge has been seen on my blog many times, including here here and here, but never quite from this angle. It's sort of out of focus in the background, with the haphazard posts in focus in the foreground lying in front of a small waterfall, to stop the errant boat from going over. Luckily, this was as close as we got.

A few years ago, this river flooded so high that the posts were submerged... five times over. The water crested the bridge. I blogged about it, and you can see a news video at the bottom of A Bit More Rain in Kyoto Than Normal

Another Boat among the very few still out this evening -- Arashiyama -- 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 Boat
among the very few still out this evening
Misty it had been raining on and off much of the afternoon -- Arashiyama -- 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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Misty
it had been raining on and off much of the afternoon
Me photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Manseki Kanemitsu
SC-02H at an effective 26mm — 1/10 sec, f/1.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Relaxing Time -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Relaxing Time
Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Friends for 50+ Years -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Friends for 50+ Years
Manseki's Mock “ Displeased ” Face I'd just exclaimed how beautiful the small building in the background was (it's public toilets) -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Manseki's Mock Displeased Face
I'd just exclaimed how beautiful the small building in the background was
(it's public toilets)
Duskier -- Arashiyama -- 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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Duskier
Duskiest -- Arashiyama -- 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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Duskiest
Not Bad for 1/10th of a second hand-held on a moving boat (it's no Atta Terrace , but still not bad) -- Arashiyama -- 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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Not Bad
for 1/10th of a second hand-held on a moving boat
(it's no Atta Terrace, but still not bad)
Me around about the same time photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Manseki Kanemitsu
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Me
around about the same time
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Heading Back -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Back
Disemboating photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Arashiyama -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Manseki Kanemitsu
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Disemboating
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Back at the Kimono Forest -- Arashiyama Station -- 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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Back at the Kimono Forest
Lion Dog This man had a vibe that implied he took this path with the express intent of spoiling others' photos, so I made him and his little rat dog my photo. -- Arashiyama Station -- 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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Lion Dog
This man had a vibe that implied he took this path
with the express intent of spoiling others' photos,
so I made him and his little rat dog my photo.
desktop background image of the Kyoto, Arashiyama Kimono Forest art instillation -- Arashiyama Station -- 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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Desktop-Background Versions
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For the shot above I took a hand-held high-speed exposure-bracketed burst so that I could feed it to Lightroom's automatic HDR processing (via Library's Photo > Photo Merge > HDR command). It never ceases to amazing me what it can do with low-quality ingredients like this. I then took a heavy hand at some further processing, correcting the perspective distortion, removing the utility wires and such in the background, and removing a few manhole-cover like things that had been placed incongruously in the path.

For the most part I'm not a fan of HDR, because it's usually used too heavily, creating an unnatural result. It's effective here, though, to show the richness of the various kimono fabrics. It seems that I've used this technique for only one other blog post, on some shots in Discovering Kyoto’s Wonderful Toji-in Temple on a Tour with NORU a couple of years ago. (On the other hand, I sort of did some poor-man's HDR in Exposing for Single-Shot HDR.)

Wife of Manseki's Friend -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wife of Manseki's Friend
Odd Fabric for a Kimono perhaps for Obon ? -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Odd Fabric for a Kimono
perhaps for Obon?
Meeting Minnie this man was much nicer, and his dog more beautiful -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Meeting Minnie
this man was much nicer, and his dog more beautiful
Minnie and Yifen -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Minnie and Yifen
Back Toward Home -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Back Toward Home
A Car To Ourselves because everyone else was at the Gion Matsuri festival -- Arashiyama Station -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Car To Ourselves
because everyone else was at the Gion Matsuri festival

All 6 comments so far, oldest first...

Sounds so lovely and peaceful.
Are you sure “disemboating” isn’t a word you just made up. which is so much more descriptive than
“disembarking.?

I’m sure it is a word I just made up. Chuckled as I did so. —Jeffy

— comment by Grandma Friedl, Ohio, USA on July 17th, 2017 at 11:39pm JST (4 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Jeff, did you (& others) brought the pupus or was that provided as part of the boat ride?

I had to look up “pupus” and am still not sure what you mean, but if you mean the food and drink, we brought it along. Normally there are boats that will swing by selling drinks and snacks, but with the rain they had all closed up shop, so we just dropped into a convenience store for supplies. —Jeffrey

— comment by parv on July 18th, 2017 at 8:31am JST (4 months, 7 days ago) comment permalink

Lovely photos as always.

— comment by Janet Heineck on July 18th, 2017 at 12:12pm JST (4 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

Thanks, Jeffrey

“Pu pu” is Hawaiian word for food. A search showed the definition in sense of appetizers. The usage that I have noticed is thus:

– light pupus: light finger food (why even bother; something to put in mouth with coffee/tea/water). “Light” is mentioned not to expect much;

– pupus: decent amount of appetizers (does not replace lunch/dinner but one may delay that for later);

– heavy pupus: pig out … I mean enough food. “Heavy” is specifically mentioned to plan accordingly.

— comment by parv on July 19th, 2017 at 7:12am JST (4 months, 6 days ago) comment permalink

““Pu pu” is Hawaiian word for food.”

Funny. In English, it’s what food turns into! 🙂

— comment by Marcina on July 19th, 2017 at 12:51pm JST (4 months, 5 days ago) comment permalink

I so much love the kimono desktop background. There is a person standing at the end of the path, I guess was not easy to have it empty. There was another similar case in a past blog where you took a picture of a garden in a temple and somebody spot a person in the vegetation 🙂

— comment by Manfredi on July 22nd, 2017 at 4:41pm JST (4 months, 2 days ago) comment permalink
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