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Revisiting Kyoto’s Fall Colors: Shugakuin Imperial Villa Last November
Too. Much. Color. volunteer ground crews at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) Nov 2013, Kyoto Japan -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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Too. Much. Color.
volunteer ground crews at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮)
Nov 2013, Kyoto Japan

Chatting with a visitor to Kyoto yesterday, she said that she really wanted to see Japan's fall foliage sometime. That prompts me to dip into my archives for a fall-foliage post today, with photos from a visit last November to the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in north-east Kyoto.

It was a brilliantly bright day and even with my polarizer filter (which normally has a wonderful effect with fall colors) the photos seem washed out to me, but some are still not too bad.

Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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This is my second visit, the first having been covered starting in My First Visit To Kyoto’s Shugakuin Imperial Villa where I explain a bit about the place.

Destroyer of Scenic Views I'd prefer them to sprinkle more colorful leaves, rather than rake up what's there -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Destroyer of Scenic Views
I'd prefer them to sprinkle more colorful leaves, rather than rake up what's there

As I explain in the post about my first visit, visiting is only by reserved tour, and it moves along at a brisk pace with little time to stop and compose a photo. Knowing this, I moved forward quickly so that I could stop and have a moment before the rest of the group caught up...

desktop background image of a gate in a fence at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto Japan -- The First Gate -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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The First Gate
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Moments Later -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Moments Later
Not Far Inside the Gate -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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 Far Inside the Gate
desktop background image of a narrow garden path at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮), Kyoto Japan -- Narrow Path -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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Narrow Path
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Stark Sunlight and this really looks as if I didn't use the polarizer. I wonder why. -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Stark Sunlight
and this really looks as if I didn't use the polarizer. I wonder why.
Lower Mossy Angle -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Lower Mossy Angle
desktop background image of a garden at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮), Kyoto Japan -- A Bit Better light -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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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A Bit Better light
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The tour pauses for a moment at some minor outer building.

Minor Outer Building with a couple of rooms -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Minor Outer Building
with a couple of rooms
First Amazing Vista that I just can't photograph well -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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First Amazing Vista
that I just can't photograph well

The tour stops here for a couple of minutes so you can enjoy (and photograph) the view, which is nice, but both times I've been here I've not been able to do it justice. Here are the shots last time..

Later we come across a less-minor building that has some old paintings on the doors, of the hoko rolling floats of the Gion Matsuri Festival held every July for more than a thousand years...

Room with Old Paintings -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Room with Old Paintings

I posted a close up of the painting in an earlier post. In modern times, these old hoko are festooned with lanterns, so look like this and this.

Roof Detail -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Roof Detail
Protruding Nails -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Protruding Nails
Tour Path taken, literally, on the run to stay ahead of the group and get a clean shot -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Tour Path
taken, literally, on the run to stay ahead of the group and get a clean shot

At some point along the path I turned around to get the trailing crowed...

Deep in Conversation tour-guide policeman explaining something to my friend Kentaro Kataoka -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Deep in Conversation
tour-guide policeman explaining something to my friend Kentaro Kataoka

Japanese citizens wanting to visit the imperial sites in Kyoto must make reservations far in advance, but a foreigner (non-Japanese) can often make a same-day reservations. Each group of foreigners can bring one Japanese citizen with them, and this time I brought my masseur friend Kataoka-sensei. (Coincidentally, I had a massage from him today to handle a severely-pulled neck/shoulder muscle; the guy is a miracle worker.)

desktop background image of a gate in a fence at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) in Kyoto Japan -- Another Gate -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Copyright 2013 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 Gate
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Closer View as 30 folks bear down on me from behind -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Closer View
as 30 folks bear down on me from behind
Climbing Up -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Climbing Up
Nice View -- Shugakuin Imperial Villa (修学院離宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 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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Nice View

To be continued...


Milestones: Twenty Five Years Since First Coming to Japan, and More
Happy A cake from October 29th, 2008 ( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below ) -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Happy
A cake from October 29th, 2008
( placed on this post in 2014 for reasons we'll see below )

Today is the 25th anniversary of my first arrival in Japan.
来日25周年になりました!

It was June 19th, 1989 that I flew into Tokyo from California after having finished grad school and then lived with my brothers for several months while waiting for my work visa to be approved. I was met at the airport by Krish Kulkarni, whom I had never met, but had no trouble finding because he's the twin brother of my best friend at grad school, Ram Kulkarni (who later went on to be the best man at my wedding, and I at his).

A day or two later I made my way down to the Kyoto/Osaka region, where I started work as an engineer at Omron Tateishi Denki (オムロン立石電機).

I worked at Omron for about eight years, though spending much of the time in The States at Carnegie Mellon University as a visiting researcher (I was really a babysitter for a room full of computers that Omron had donated).

I eventually moved to The States to work for Yahoo!, but not long before I met the woman I would marry. She happened to be Japanese, and after about eight years in Silicon Valley we moved back to Japan, setting up our lives in Kyoto. That was 10 years ago this spring.

Along the way we moved into where we live now, I picked up photography as a hobby in earnest when I bought my first dSLR, and I started to develop plugins for Adobe Lightroom.

And that brings me to my second milestone. Almost six years ago I released my Geoencoding Support plugin. It was the eighth plugin for Adobe Lightroom out of what so far has been about fifty.

Back then, when I first announced it on October 29th 2008, the plugin didn't have any documentation beyond what I wrote on the announcement post. I should have provided complete documentation, but I didn't..... until today. Today, almost six years later, I finally got around to it, and changed the plugin's home page from a placeholder to a long description of all the plugin can do. If you use the plugin, check it out.

So why didn't I write up the documentation when I released the plugin? My Lightroom catalog tells me that I was busy that day with a party at Anthony's preschool for all the kids who had a birthday in October. So, I thought it would be fitting to post a few photos from that 2008 party today...

Party Preparation -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl
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Party Preparation
“ Happy Birthday! ” -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Happy Birthday!
Buffet Lunch -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Buffet Lunch
Waiting To Start he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11 -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Waiting To Start
he'd just turned six years old; now he's 11
Building His Sandwich -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Building His Sandwich
Using My Camera A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly -minted six year old -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Using My Camera
A Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 is heavy stuff for a newly-minted six year old
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Three Cakes for the three years' worth of kids in the school -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Three Cakes
for the three years' worth of kids in the school
Showing His Craft Project -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Showing His Craft Project

I was happy to finally get the plugin documentation done today. Some of my other plugins have okay documentation, but perhaps 40 need serious work. Perhaps I'll start on the next in another 25 years...


Unearthly Steak in Japan at Awaji Island’s “Beefland Prince”
desktop background image of Sirloin steak at Beefland Prince (Beefland Taiko; ビーフランド大公) on Awaji Island, Japan -- Literally melts in your mouth Sirloin at Beefland Prince, Awaji Island, Japan ビーフランド大公、淡路島 -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Literally
melts in your mouth
Sirloin at Beefland Prince, Awaji Island, Japan
ビーフランド大公、淡路島
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With Anthony away on a school trip, Fumie and I made a day-trip date to Awaji Island two hours by car south from Kyoto, where our first stop was a late lunch in heaven, A.K.A Beefland Prince.

息子修学旅行中なので、妻と一緒淡路島日帰りデートをしました。まずは「ビーフランド大公」でめっちゃ美味いステーキを戴きました。

Sirloin Lunch -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Sirloin Lunch
Sizzling it's served on a slab of very hot stone, so it continues to sizzle for quite some time -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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Sizzling
it's served on a slab of very hot stone, so it continues to sizzle for quite some time

You can't begin to imagine how good this steak was. When I say the steak literally melts in your mouth, I'm literally using the word literally for its literal meaning... the fats in the meat just melt away. It's almost unearthly when compared to any other steak I've ever had in this life (including the fantastic teppanyaki steak I wrote about the other day; as good as it was, it's not in the same class as today's place).

Sadly, it's a two-hour drive away and is pretty pricey, so we can't enjoy it often. We last came four years ago.

Because I'm a camera geek, check out yet another example of the powerful impact a polarizing filter can have, in these two shots of the chopsticks' sleeve:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2014 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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With Polarizer 偏光フィルタ有り   -   Without Polarizer 偏光フィルタ無し

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What a difference.

I used a polarizer on the steak shots above, but only partially because as I wrote about in my first writeup on using a polarizer filter six years ago, a certain amount of shine/glare is usually appealing with food. I've also presented other examples of the filter with: fall foliage moss · wet rocks · a temple garden · lotus flowers · a stream.

Anyway, this was our third time at this restaurant. I thought I'd posted about it in years past, but for the life of me I can't find any evidence. Here are some shots from our last visit four years ago...

次の写真は4年前写真です。

Sign at the Road -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sign at the Road
Outdated Look -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Outdated Look
Entrance -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Entrance
Inside: Dated and Dirty -- Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Inside: Dated and Dirty

The impression of the place is not good... until you're served, then all else is forgotten.

For historical-archival purposes, my steak four years ago:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fumie had the filet mignon, which tasted just as exquisite but had quite a different look:

Beefland Taiko (ビーフランド大公) -- Awaji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos

Okay Views From Kyoto’s Shogunzua’s Overlook Today

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out The View of Kyoto
Shogunzuka Overlook (将軍塚), Kyoto Japan

We had a brief heavy rain this afternoon a couple of hours before sunset, and so with the clearing air I thought to make a visit to check out the views from the Shogunzuka Overlook, which I haven't been to in a while. (However, the nearby photos link under any photo brings you to the bazillion photos I've posted from up here over the years.)

今日集中豪雨の後、将軍塚からの景色を見に行きました。


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 90mm — 1/320 sec, f/13, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
A Bit Dynamic

It reminded me of one of the first times I posted photos from up here seven years ago, also after a storm. Photos from that day also appeared on last year's Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka Over The Years.


Nikon D4 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM — 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 116mm — 1/250 sec, f/16, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
More Clouds Rolling Through

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 190mm — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Sundrenched Island

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Southwest Toward Osaka
30km in the distance

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/9, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Big Sky

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/9, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
The End

Most of the clouds were gone a few minutes later, leaving nothing for the setting sun to light up, so that was that.

将軍家から撮った景色色々は以下のリンクで見えます。
Some of my favorite views from this area are seen in Views of Kyoto From Shogunzuka Over The Years, and in:


Screw It, I Did My Next Annual Mt. Hiei Hike 51 Weeks Early

This is sort of a continuation of the previous post, My Mt. Hiei Climb Challenge 2014, Part 2, that covered my 3rd annual hike up Kyoto's Mt. Hiei.

次の比叡山年次山登りは51週間早くしました。今回はカメラを持って行かなかった(アイホン以外)のでこの記事写真はまずい。御免。

Previous attempts:

  • The first year's hike wrecked me so much that it shocked me into getting in shape.

  • The 2nd year (last year's) was better but still quite a challenge.

  • This year's hike, two weeks ago, was much better almost to the point of easy, but giving the hike back down a try for the first time ended up killed my knees and ankles, leaving me in pain for a few days and sort of took the luster off what would have otherwise been a feeling of accomplishment.

So, I decided to do my fourth-annual hike 51 weeks early.

My goal was the self-satisfaction of doing the hike up quickly without feeling like I killed myself. I packed lightly: in particular, no camera except for the iPhone. It was overcast and the rain we'd had for a few days was threatening to return, but this meant that it was pleasantly cool when I departed home at 8:15am last Friday.

The walk to the trailhead normally takes 45 minutes, but I decided to jog it this time and so it took only about 24 minutes. Unfortunately, it seems that jogging has the same painful effect on my knees that downhill hiking does, so my knees were in pain before I even started the hike proper.

Muddy crappy iPhone photo, sorry この実記の写真はすべてまずいアイホンのやつです。ごめん。 -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/20 sec, f/2.4, ISO 80 — map & image datanearby photos
Muddy
crappy iPhone photo, sorry
この実記の写真はすべてまずいアイホンのやつです。ごめん。
21-Year-Old Sign -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.4, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
21-Year-Old Sign

The design looks quite old, but the sign itself, according to the date written on the post, is just 21 years old.

This next one looks to be quite a bit older, especially based on the font used for the writing on the post (which, unfortunately, lacks a date).

Even Older -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/20 sec, f/2.4, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Even Older

It's the same design as the sign seen engulfed by a tree in The Mountain Claims a Sign, But Doesn’t Claim Me from a couple of weeks ago.

Halfwayish the shrine gate that marks about the halfway point, timewise -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/180 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Halfwayish
the shrine gate that marks about the halfway point, timewise

As I wrote in an earlier installment, it usually takes about 48 minutes to get here from the trailhead. This time it took almost 50 minutes, even though I felt I was faster. I'd paused a few times to text with friends about the hike, so maybe that took a few minutes.

Anyway, it's from here that the hiking becomes notably strenuous, with very steep ups and sometimes temporary steep downs. To the top this time took only 45 minutes, as opposed to 48 minutes the previous week and 70 minutes the previous year.

Unfortunately, it turns out that I really wish I had a real camera because the low overcast that I eventually climbed up into made for some really peaceful forest scenes. I tried to do a best I could with the iPhone, but the results are horrible.

Not Spooky just calm and peaceful -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Spooky
just calm and peaceful
Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.4, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos

It was nice. I had pretty much the entire mountain to myself. I met only two other folks on the way up.

“ Scenic View ” my goal for the hike -- Azalea Hill (つつじヶ丘) -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/1400 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Scenic View
my goal for the hike

There was absolutely no view this time, but the nearby photos link under the picture above brings you to photos I took on other more photogenic trips up here.

All told, from the trailhead to here — all pauses included — took 1h 37m. From the house it took a total of 2h 9m, beating the previous best set the week before by 23 minutes, and beating the previous year by almost an hour and a half.

In part 1 talking about last week's hike I noted that jeans aren't the best for hiking because they get hot and sticky, they're heavy, etc. So between last week's hike and this one, I bought a pair of Under Armor Heat Gear compression leggings, the leg version of the workout shirt I posed about in April.

They were fantastic. I threw a pair of old basketball shorts over them to preserve modesty, but they kept me cool and bug-free the whole climb.

Chillin' For a Bit -- Rest area near top of Mt. Hiei -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Chillin' For a Bit

I didn't linger long... I felt great and there wasn't anything to see, so I made the 12-minute hike farther up to a bus stop (yes, at the top of the mountain).

Where My Hike Ends -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Where My Hike Ends

Some high-school kids got off a shuttle bus from a nearby temple, and I imposed on one to snap a photo of me.

Somewhat Elfish -- Kyoto, Japan
iPhone 4S + iPhone 4S back camera 4.28mm f/2.4 at an effective 35mm — 1/700 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Somewhat Elfish

My clothes are certainly not the height of style, but they were great for hiking.

I was back home by noon, and two hours later I was at the gym taking one of the toughest workout lessons they have, in a room heated to 39°C (102°F) with 80% humidity no less.

家から午前時出発で、12時位帰りました。2時からジムで結構激しいレッスン(矢部先生のホットシェイプ)を受けました。満足気持ちでした。

I finally had my feeling of accomplishment.