Half-Hearted Welcome For Gorm’s Return to Kyoto
Gorm Returns Kumiko, Gorm, Antti, Me photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Manseki Kanemitsu
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Gorm Returns
Kumiko, Gorm, Antti, Me
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

Smiling Norwegian Gorm has returned to Kyoto for a month-long visit after a year's absence, and a few of us whole-heartily welcomed him with a short ("half-hearted" one could say) ride.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Manseki couldn't join us for the ride, but he saw us off and we'd return to join him for coffee later.

Our plan was to do a clockwise Kyoto Heart Loop, which starts out on a route that I first did a year ago, that time Gorm having lead the way.

This time we all knew the route. We took it easy, as Gorm was still suffering jetlag, Kumiko was still coming off an injury, and Antti was still recovering from having done a 24-hour endurance ride (690km! 430mi!) last weekend.

Apparently my camera skill is suffering as well.... since returning from a long absence in The States, most of my cycling shots are fatally blurry. I've got to figure this out. Until I do, I'll be forced to try to recover some semblance of usability via extreme post processing that can become old quite quickly. )-:

Heading Up to Kyomi Pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Up to Kyomi Pass
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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If Lightroom had the ability to add motion blur, I might be able to overpower the camera-shake blur and produce something vaguely interesting. Instead I present the photo above.

A Gorm in its Natural Environment -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Gorm in its Natural Environment
Stereotypical Japanese mountain countryside -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Stereotypical
Japanese mountain countryside
Mochikoshi Pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mochikoshi Pass

On a counter-clockwise Heart Loop, this is an inviting place to stop, just after the crest of Mochikoshi Pass, it offers a lovely view of a small hamlet below.

Selfie Inception I take a selfie of myself in Gorm's glasses, as blah blah blah... (the same glasses as he's always had ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Selfie Inception
I take a selfie of myself in Gorm's glasses, as blah blah blah...
(the same glasses as he's always had)
Kumiko Tries the Same -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kumiko Tries the Same

In the end, most of us abandoned the Heart Loop at the halfway point because time was running out, and we'd rather return to have time for coffee and chat (and Manseki). Hence, we did only half of the Heart Loop this time (and hence the "half-hearted" in the title of this post).

(Kumiko, who was feeling fantastic on the bike for the first time since suffering an injury, went on to complete the full Heart Loop before joining us for coffee.)

Now that Gorm's been re-acclimated to Japan, we'll do a more robust ride next time.


My First Climb up Kobe’s Mt. Rokko
Mt. Rokko Summit Kobe Japan 六甲山山頂 -- Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mt. Rokko Summit
Kobe Japan
六甲山山頂

この間、金光万石さんと一緒に六甲山を登りました、神戸空港から924mの山頂まで。 乗ったルートは距離は長かったので、坂はだいあいマイルドでした。楽しかった。 (ポートアイランドと神戸空港のサイクリングはつまらなかったけれども。) 一番キツイ道は16号線から山頂までの300mの丸形滑り止め道。15%の凸凹坂ですが、行って良かった。山頂からの景色は本当に良かったです。

On Thursday I made my biggest single bicycle climb so far, at least mathematically, by riding from sea level in Kobe Japan, to 924m (3,030') near the summit of Mt. Rokko some 25km (16mi) distant.

Despite its mathematical ranking, the route I took was apparently the easiest route, and wasn't at all challenging. It was just fun. Overall, the day saw 78km (48mi) with 1,800m (6,000') of vertical climb. (Activity at Strava)

But the fun belies how totally stressed and apprehensive I was in the week leading up to it. Mt. Rokko is hundreds of meters higher than the 500m climb of my candlestick Hanase climb, which is a tough climb for me, so I expected this Mt. Rokko climb to be all the worse.

I was also worried about forgetting something. I was going to be in Kobe to deliver something to a friend, so took the opportunity to load the bike in the car as well and base my first Kobe ride from there. For some reason I was ridiculously stressed about forgetting something.

Ready To Start photo by Zak Braverman -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ready To Start
photo by Zak Braverman

It turns out that I didn't forget anything in Kyoto, but I realized later that I did forget one of my water bottles in the car before heading off. Sigh. I had meticulously researched the whole route via Google Street View (thank you Google) and had already been worried about a lack of drink along the way. Now my carrying capacity was cut in half. Sigh.

In leaving Zak's place tucked up at the city/mountain edge overlooking Kobe, I had to descent slope as steep as 20% to get down to the main part of the city...

15%-Average Residential Street Yikes, I'm going to have to return up this hill at the very end of my ride -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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15%-Average Residential Street
Yikes, I'm going to have to return up this hill at the very end of my ride

Manseki and his bike had squished into the car with me on the ride from Kyoto, and he explored Kobe while I visited with Zak. We met back up at Sannomiya Station in downtown Kobe to start our ride together. Before heading up to the mountain, we first planned to head out to the far end of Kobe Airport, built out in the ocean on an artificial island (which itself is beyond another artificial island, Port Island, just off the Kobe City mainland.

Cycling/Pedestrian Bridgeway over to Port Island -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cycling/Pedestrian Bridgeway
over to Port Island
Lots of Bridges of Various Kinds -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lots of Bridges of Various Kinds
Crossing Kobe Bridge 神戸大橋 taken while moving at 29 kph (18 mph) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Crossing Kobe Bridge
神戸大橋
taken while moving at 29 kph (18 mph)
Stopping for Photos -- Kobe Bridge (神戸大橋) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Stopping for Photos
Selfie -- Kobe Bridge (神戸大橋) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Selfie
Riding Through Port Island -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Riding Through Port Island

Port Island is a big artificial island with big wide streets that we could ride on, but I wanted to try the cycling/pedestrian paths. Somehow in my imagination I thought that they might be quaint, but frankly it would have been nice only if I'd been on a city bicycle with the family.

This Was Nice protected from the sun, and those are peoplemovers in the distance! (sadly, no, we didn't ride the bikes on them) -- Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Was Nice
protected from the sun, and those are peoplemovers in the distance!
(sadly, no, we didn't ride the bikes on them)
Nice Wide Path and a contender for “ World's Ugliest Building ” -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nice Wide Path
and a contender for World's Ugliest Building

Once you make the several-kilometer trip through Port Island, you reach the half-as-long Kobe Sky Bridge over to the airport.

Looking Back at Port Island from the Kobe Sky Bridge (神戸 スカイブリッジ) -- Kobe Sky Bridge (神戸スカイブリッジ) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Looking Back at Port Island
from the Kobe Sky Bridge (神戸スカイブリッジ)
Kobe Sky Bridge (神戸スカイブリッジ) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kobe Airport 神戸空港 taken while moving at 32 kph (20 mph) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kobe Airport
神戸空港
taken while moving at 32 kph (20 mph)

Actually reaching the airport was disappointing and anti-climactic, as there were no planes or crowds or really much of anything around. Other than the sign saying Kobe Airport, we might not have realized we were at an airport.

We continued past to the farthest reaches of the island that the public was allowed.

The End absolutely nothing to see, except maybe the wind sock in the distance -- Kobe Airport Island (神戸空港島) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The End
absolutely nothing to see, except maybe the wind sock in the distance

I'd been thinking that the trek out across the man-made islands and to the airport would somehow be interesting, but it was a waste of time other than satisfying my curiosity: now I know that it's a boring, tedious ride.

The one saving grace might have been the last section of road that parallels the runway. You can't see the runway and have no sense that you're near an airport, but it's a perfectly straight 1,000-meter section with no traffic, so it makes a nice opportunity for a fast one-kilometer sprint.

Start Your Engines -- Kobe Airport Island (神戸空港島) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Start Your Engines

Unfortunately, we had a strong headwind, so we didn't even bother.

Heading Back onto the Mainland -- Kobe Bridge (神戸大橋) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Back onto the Mainland
Our Destination is the little bump of a tower barely visible on the ridgeline at the far right -- Kobe Bridge (神戸大橋) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Our Destination
is the little bump of a tower barely visible on the ridgeline at the far right

While making our way through the city, Manseki noticed a bicycle shop so I bought another water bottle. Then we headed inland, toward the entrance to the mountains...

Sloping Up -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sloping Up

Of the three main routes out from Kobe City up to the top, we took what turned out to be the easiest, the Oku-Saido Driveway (奥再度ドライブウェイ). I guess it's easiest because it's longest... the ascent is spread out over a longer distance.

But it starts out quite sharply at about 14%...

Here We Go -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Here We Go

... and within a minute we're getting an impressive view...

One Minute In -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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One Minute In

But there aren't many views from then on, as they're all obscured by mountains or trees. The slopes are not so steep, so it's just a matter of keeping on, though there are occasional switchbacks that look impressive, such as this one 12 minutes in...

This One Looks Fun taken while moving at 10 kph (6 mph) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This One Looks Fun
taken while moving at 10 kph (6 mph)
taken while moving at 8 kph (5 mph) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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taken while moving at 8 kph (5 mph)

Soon after, I got my first view since the one near the start, so had to stop for a photo:

First Real View -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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First Real View

I wasn't paying attention to the map or the numbers, but looking at it now I see that the elevation of that photo is 260m, so it's just a bit over a quarter of the way up.

“ Curve #51 ” every curve was conveniently numbered -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Curve #51
every curve was conveniently numbered
“ Warning: Grooved Pavement ” -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Warning: Grooved Pavement

Though many roads don't seem to have it, by law roads over 7% steepness are apparently required to have anti-slip technology, such as groves cut into the pavement, or some kind of stipple pressed into the pavement (like the doughnuts seen in Here We Go above).

The doughnuts like in Here We Go are horrible for cyclists because the bumps actually decrease traction quite a bit. I hate them. The ridges used on this 21% slope make travel by bicycle almost impossible. The grooved pavement being warned about above, at least, is not a problem.

The bigger problem on this route are the occasional yellow stripes painted across particularly steep sections, such as seen in This One Looks Fun above. Some of the stripes are as thick as a plank of wood, so they're super bumpy to go over. I suspect that's exactly the intention, to grab the attention of the daydreaming driver (though with 100 curves in just a few miles, I don't see how such drivers would live long enough to get to this point).

The problem is that these are really dangerous and bone-jarringly uncomfortable for cyclists. As a car driver I never would have given it a thought, but this is the job of folks that work in highway planning. Shame on them.

Manseki Arrives at the Summit 六甲山山頂(925m)到着 -- Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Manseki Arrives at the Summit
六甲山山頂(925m)到着

One thing that makes the climb both easier and harder than it might first appear is that it undulates quite a bit. This means that it has some very nice fast downhill sections on which to have fun and rest, but it also means that the total amount you have to climb is more than the simple difference from the lowest spot to the highest.

Strava reports that this route has an elevation difference of 922m, but that's an utterly meaningless thing to report because it ignores the undulation. In this case, it under-reports more than 200m of vertical climb one must do to reach the top.

Another problem with the undulation is that if you're not familiar with the route (or the mapping app on your phone), you don't really know when you're near the summit... the start of a nice downhill section may mean you're at the summit, or may just mean a minute's reprieve before you continue on up again. Manseki found this out all too well when a few kilometers from the summit he asked someone whether he was at the summit, and was told yes, he was. So Manseki spent 15 minutes looking for me. But we eventually got in contact and he came charging up to the real summit.

The main road is Rt 16, and it passes close to the summit, but to get to the top you have to take a steep bumpy (doughnut-filled) road for 300m up an average 15% grade (max 23% grade) until the pavement ends, and then you're just a short stroll to the very top.

Summit of Mt. Rokko 六甲山山頂
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Summit of Mt. Rokko
六甲山山頂

I think most cyclists don't know about the road, or don't bother with it. It seems from looking at the various segments on Strava that most just consider the restaurant near the entrance (the building at right in the screenshot above) to be the top. That's just lazy in my book. I went as far as there was pavement. The restaurant isn't even at the highest point on Rt. 16... that's a few hundred meters south.

On the plus side, there are drink vending machines at the restaurant, which is nice.

As marked in the map, there's a viewing area just above the end of the paved road, but it's horrible because someone's marched a bunch of utility wires smack dab in front, destroying and sense of view.

Typical Japan facepalm-worthy aesthetics -- Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Typical Japan
facepalm-worthy aesthetics
Angling To Avoid the Visual Garbage Ignoring the vast expanse of Osaka, one can get part of Kobe without too many utility wires -- Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Angling To Avoid the Visual Garbage
Ignoring the vast expanse of Osaka, one can get part of Kobe without too many utility wires
Reverse Angle View blessedly free from wires, but on this day not from haze -- Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Reverse Angle View
blessedly free from wires, but on this day not from haze

Rather than waste time at the visually-neutered viewing spot, it's better to return a bit down, to just past a little gazebo. The view from there is not free of utility crap, but it's much better, and the full vastness of the Osaka Concrete Jungle leaves one in awe. (My photos do not even come close to capturing the sense of huge that exists.)

Here's a side-to-side scrollable panorama of Osaka and what we can see of Kobe:

Summit of Mt. Rokko (六甲山山頂) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
←    panorama    パノラマ    →
Osaka and a bit of Kobe, from Mt. Rokko
大阪神戸、六甲山山頂から

In this picture, the rightmost smudge of land visible in the ocean is the Kobe Airport were had been a couple of hours earlier, 16km (10mi) as the crow flies. The smudge farther in the background and slightly left is Kansai International Airport, 37km (23mi) away.

After futzing around for photos, we headed back and explored some of the side roads on the mountain.

One such road provided a nice, more intimate view of Kobe...

Kobe, Japan there, again, the background has Port Island and the airport -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kobe, Japan
there, again, the background has Port Island and the airport

On the return into Kobe, we took one of the other routes, the Omote Rokko Driveway (表六甲ドライブウェイ). This was very fun to descend.

Again, Strava mystifies in how they support and encourage wrong data. Their promoted segment for this downhill shows that half the route is a mild climb up followed by a mild descent, averaging out at a 1% descent...


Complete Strava Bullshit

The reality is that the road positively plummets nonstop, shedding 430m of elevation over 4.7km of road, for an average descent grade of over 9%. That's steep!

Super Twisty Descent Omote Rokko Driveway (表六甲 ドライブウェイ) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Super Twisty Descent
Omote Rokko Driveway (表六甲ドライブウェイ)

Just to give you an idea of this "1% decent", here's a video of the slow and easy descent from just after taking the photo above, to the first stoplight: see video here.

The bigger deal, of course, is if one looks at Strava and thinks "climbing up the slight 1% grade should be easy, so I'll take this route up!" only to faceplant into the reality that the climb is 9% and continues without respite.

The problem is not that someone made this segment with bad data, but that Strava gives no reasonable way of correcting the situation other than making redundant (but accurate) segment and hoping folks notice it.

I did exactly that — here's my corrected segment that shows a proper -9% grade — but it's mostly a wated effort because most cyclists will never know it exists. Strava explicitly hides a new segment like this from most users. Most Strava users interact only with the phone app, and this segment is invisible on the phone app. By default it's invisible on the web site as well, but at least there, the small subset of users who know how to look for hidden segments will at least have the opportunity to see it if they bother looking, and if they do and somehow magically understand that it's better, they can promote it for their own view.

It's very frustrating for a cyclist like me who cares about the difference between a 1% climb and a 9% climb. I happen to know that their particular segment in this case is wrong, but it makes me wonder about the validity of every segment I see, such as while researching routes. Wrong data is worse than no data, and Strava is full of wrong data.

As much as I love the idea of what Strava purports to offer, the gratuitous way they thumb their nose at any semblance of accuracy saddens me.

Anyway, enough Strava angst for today. I'm just glad we didn't try to go up this route this time. I'll do it next time.

Manseki and I made our way back toward where we started, ending with that nasty 530 meters of 15.2% average.

Guttons for punishment, we decided to check out the cemetery behind (above) Zak's place, which involved another punishing short climb.

Manseki Approaching the Top Nagamine Cemetery (長峰霊園) -- Nagamine Cemetery (長峰霊園) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Manseki Approaching the Top
Nagamine Cemetery (長峰霊園)
Now We're Done for the Day -- Nagamine Cemetery (長峰霊園) -- Kobe, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Now We're Done for the Day

We loaded the bikes into the car and made the hour-and-a-half drive home, satisfied with a good day's adventure, knowing that cold beer awaited us at our respective homes.


My Day of Many Flats
Fixing a Flat a recurring theme of the day photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fixing a Flat
a recurring theme of the day
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

Manseki and I rode into the mountains of northwest Kyoto to check out some roads I found on the map that we'd never ridden, but in trying to continue after a rest pause, I found my rear tire was flat. It must have been a slow leak of some sort.

Small Puncture but big enough to cause a weak point for the next tube to fail photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Small Puncture
but big enough to cause a weak point for the next tube to fail
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Adding a Tire Boot and a New Tube photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Adding a Tire Boot and a New Tube
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

Once on our way, we came to the first road to check out, which starts here.

Like so many of Kyoto's rural roads, it was lovely.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Two Roads Diverged In a .... photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Two Roads Diverged In a ....
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

We tried both. The one toward the left quickly became gravel so we abandoned it.

Checking Ahead to see whether pavement returns any time soon -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 58mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Ahead
to see whether pavement returns any time soon

The other continued nicely...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Danger Zone you wouldn't want to hit that gap at any speed -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Danger Zone
you wouldn't want to hit that gap at any speed
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

And then I got a flat on the front.

Sigh, This Again photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Sigh, This Again
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

The road was in good condition, so we don't know what caused the puncture, but there was a hole in the tire similar to the first one. It, too, would have to be replaced when I got home. For now, I could use a new tube and a tire boot to protect the tube from the hole.

These Vittoria Open Pave tires were disappointing, since they were new just 2,690 km (1,670 mi) ago. I barely got three months of use from them.

During Better Days One of the Vittoria Open Pave tires 2,690 km before I had to replace it -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5600 — image data
During Better Days
One of the Vittoria Open Pave tires 2,690 km before I had to replace it
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

The tires had gotten dirty from the sometimes-wet road, so I had the bright idea to wash them off in the river, which was right there....

Heading Down to Wash the Tire photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down to Wash the Tire
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu
Manseki Gets All Artsy with the composition photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manseki Gets All Artsy
with the composition
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

While working on the front tire, the mini bicycle pump I carry just stopped working. It was fine one minute, seizing up and unpumpable the next. I would have been really stuck if Manseki hadn't been there... he gave it a go with his pump...

Manseki to the Rescue -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Manseki to the Rescue

While he worked on that, I addressed a different problem I'd just noticed with the rear tire. When replacing the tube earlier, I hadn't seated the bead fully in one spot, so to fix that I needed to let the air out and refill it.

Unfortunately, I ran into all kinds of trouble. First, his pump doesn't work well with removable-valve stems, which I find out now is what I have. To have any hope, you've got to tighten the valve into the stem before attaching the pump, but apparently these valves are made from wet tissue paper, because the first one got completely sheared off when we tried to unscrew the pump...

Sheared Clean Off photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/80 sec, f/1.7, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sheared Clean Off
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

This somehow caused the pump to become attached to the wheel... it took quite a while, and some leverage with a pair pliers (that Manseki amazingly had) to overcome. Sigh. I cannibalized a valve from one of the old tubes.

Final Top-Off photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Top-Off
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

The body count: two tires, two tubes, an extra stem valve, and my tire pump. Then add to that our plans for the day: with this run of luck, we decided it would be prudent to just turn around and go home, slowly and carefully.

Retracing Our Steps it's still a lovely road -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Retracing Our Steps
it's still a lovely road
Ryuta Mitsuhashi stopped to chat when we came across each other as he headed out of town -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ryuta Mitsuhashi
stopped to chat when we came across each other as he headed out of town
Returning To His Ride -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Returning To His Ride

Despite the cursed ride, I wasn't in a bad mood, and I was certainly thankful for Manseki's company, skill, and tools.

But as un-bad as my mood was, it was made infinitely better when we came across a cyclist who looked a bit lost...

Offering Directions photo by Manseki Kanemitsu -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Offering Directions
photo by Manseki Kanemitsu

It turns out that she wasn't lost, but she was visiting from overseas and didn't know the area, so we told her a bit about the Heart Loop she was doing. (I wrote about this popular 50km loop in northern Kyoto last year.)

She was dressed in Strava kit, so I knew she used Strava. We'd be able to see each other on the Strava fly-by feature, which shows cyclists you passed on your route, so as we were leaving, I introduced myself so she'd know which one was me.

And here's where the infinitely better mood came in. Her face lit up and she said I think I know you... it's your blog where I read about the Heart Loop. It turns out she's following one of my recent activity tracks to lead her on her ride today.

Manseki introduced himself as well, to which she responded Yeah, I guess I've seen you on his blog before.

That was a nice little ego boost. 🙂

At home now, I've thrown away the tires and put on some Michelin Pro4 Endurance V2, and ordered a new bike pump (to be delivered tomorrow via the magic of Amazon Prime).


NORU Group Ride and a Visit to Hiyoshi Dam

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pausing for Photos
on my first NORU group ride this year

Saturday was a NORU group ride with 14 people, my first big group ride this year, I think. (The first NORU group ride was this lovely ride last fall.)


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Vincent's Strange Riding Style

Vincent was doing something that looked quite strange... can you notice it in the photo?


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Exiting the City
through Arashiyama

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Three Musketeers
Joshua, Vincent, and Neil

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Trusty Steeds

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Photo Opportunity
before the day's big climb
L-R: Andy, Vincent, Manseki, Neil, Minobu, Manabu, ?, Naoya, Minami, ?, Joshua, Antti, Ryota
(I don't know two of the guys)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Last Full-Group Shot
45 minutes later, after the climb

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Loco Descent
Andy flies by while I'm futzing with the camera at 35kph

Vincent suggested we take a short alternate to the planned route, down a lovely descent. I had the camera and so took it slow at first, but still got upwards of a safe 70kph. So fun.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fast Vibe
if not well composed or well focused

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Perfect Timing

The route brings us past a picturesque lake with a cemetery on the hillside opposite. It was pretty hazy so probably not worth it to begin with, but it's an area that can make for a nice shot if you get the timing right.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Better This Time

Not long after this, a few of us split off from the main group, to make the short ride over to Hiyoshi Dam, which I'd visited two days prior on this whim of a ride. That day, Thursday, I'd gotten a lot of work done so decided on a whim to cycle over to Hiyoshi Dam, which I'd not been to since this trip with the family 7½ years ago. Since I got into cycling I'd seen that it was a common destination for friends, so I'd been wanting to try it myself.

I'd also heard that the approach to the dam included a long fast downhill section that sounded quite appealing, and when I'd come across it on Thursday I had fun with it, but was extra careful because it was my first time. Still, it was great fun and I averaged 65kph (40mph) for the 2.2km section.

Anyway, I wanted to do it again today, so I broke off from the main group. Antti Riikonen and Ryota Misuhashi joined me as well. Both are much stronger than I, and I ended up drafting behind them on the descent, but it turns out that we made the exact same time — 2:05 — as I had the first day. Part of the reason for the lack of speed could have been that Antti's chain popped off near the start, though he was able to get it back on and continue without stopping.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 38mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Hiyoshi Velodrome
an elevated walkway near the spillway can function as a mini velodrome

On my trip on Thursday I'd made a segment of four laps around this loop, which makes almost 1km distance. I was disappointed to find that no one else (who had uploaded to Strava) had ridden around four times. How can one not?! 🙂

I wanted to try it again, but Antti and Ryota were on the move and my slowness had already kept them enough, so we continued around the reservoir.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 31mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Random Reservoir View
taken while moving at 30 kph (18 mph)

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Accidental Frame
just trying to keep up

The shot above was some kind of mistaken shutter press, but somehow it captures the situation I was in, trying to keep up with two guys whose summed ages, I think, didn't yet equal my own.


Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/11, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty (though Hazy) Views

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/10, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
One of the Cross-Reservoir Bridges

I wanted to try that nice downhill one more time still, so while Antti and Ryota headed home, I slogged back up the mountain. Then I had a little nap by the side of the road, and then hit that downhill hard, giving it everything I had (within my own envelope of safety; I'm not one to take risks on the bike).

And my time was, exactly, what it had been the first two times, to the second. Sigh. I guess I hit some kind of universal constant.

On my return home from the area on Thursday I'd been slogging through unknown roads when I came across this house in the middle of nowhere, and was pleased that I immediately recognized that I'd seen it before. It looked the same now as it did then.

This time I opted for a different set of unknown roads for my return, but that's a story for another time.


Revisiting Last Year’s Young-Adult Archery Ceremony
Having Fun for the Cameras Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) January 2015 -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Having Fun for the Cameras
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂)
January 2015

去年成人の日、「三十三間堂大的全国大会」撮影。14ヶ月遅いですが、この記事の続きです。

As I seem to do more often than not, I never did follow up on an early-2015 blog post that I intended to be just an introduction. In January 2015 I posted The 2015 Young-Adult Archery Event at the Sanjusangendo Temple with a few pictures and a To be continued... ending. So here we are, 16 months later, I've come across the event in my photo archives.The event for recently-come-of-age adults is introduced and descried on the earlier post, so I'll just get into the photos.

On My Way to the Event Lady in kimono walking a dog on an ugly modern street. A kimono can lend class and style and calm to any scene. -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
On My Way to the Event
Lady in kimono walking a dog on an ugly modern street.
A kimono can lend class and style and calm to any scene.
The Closest I Got to the actual event -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
The Closest I Got
to the actual event

As I've mentioned in other posts about this annual event, the crowds are utterly ridiculous. Having made the effort to get close in previous years, the above photo shows the closest I bothered with this time.

Waiting Their Turn toward the end of the 2,000 ladies shooting that day -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Waiting Their Turn
toward the end of the 2,000 ladies shooting that day

At one point I did have a view of the board used to indicate to the archers whether they connected on either of the two arrows they were allowed to shoot. Six archers shoot at once, so the board shows the results for twelve arrows:

All Misses it's tough to hit the target from that distance -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos
All Misses
it's tough to hit the target from that distance

Rather than try to muscle my way through the crowds to see the actual event, I spent more time in the less-crowded areas, using my big lens to reach across the crowds to zoom in on scenes of interest...

Me photo by Yuo Kato who kindly sent me the shots he took of me -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Canon EOS 6D + Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Yuo Kato
who kindly sent me the shots he took of me
The Shot I Was Taking Above -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
The Shot I Was Taking Above
Showing His Results -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Showing His Results

With crowds like we had, and my not being 10 feet tall, I often got unlucky with people caught out of focus in the frame, such as the big orb at the bottom of the shot above, which I assume is some person's head.

I also had my 70-200 zoom for more-traditional shots.

Modern Traditional -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 155mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Modern Traditional

When the kids posed, they usually did so without the heavy leather glove worn on the pulling hand while shooting, and never posed with an actual arrow...

Posing for Pictures -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Posing for Pictures
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops! These Charlies Angels actually posed with actual arrows! -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Oops!
These Charlies Angels actually posed with actual arrows!
Thought Better of It moments later -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Thought Better of It
moments later

With all this color and posing and youthful spirit, there also congregated a lot of cameras...

Mob Scene -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Mob Scene
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
I'm Guessing that I Ruined His Shot sorry -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
I'm Guessing that I Ruined His Shot
sorry
I'm Guessing that I Was His Shot -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
I'm Guessing that I Was His Shot
Me Again with the Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 photo by Yuo Kato -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Canon EOS 6D + Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM — 1/800 sec, f/2.2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Me Again
with the Nikkor 300mm f/2.0
photo by Yuo Kato
photo by Yuo Kato -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Canon EOS 6D + Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
photo by Yuo Kato
Damien and his Red Hat -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Damien and his Red Hat

Damien Douxchamps stopped by as well, and uncharacteristically smiled (sort of) for my camera.

Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Mob-Scene Scene -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Mob-Scene Scene

I tried not to contribute to too much mob scene feeling, so would retreat to a quiet distance with my long lens. So while the crowd above continued, I opted for a different approach to the same subjects...

Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos

Another thing I could do was just wander and focus on patterns or small details...

Scabbard-esque -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
Scabbard-esque
Bold -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Bold
Roof-Edge Tiles -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
Roof-Edge Tiles
Fletching -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Fletching
Invisible Arrow -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
Invisible Arrow
Stylish I like the look of that Harris Tweed bag -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Stylish
I like the look of that Harris Tweed bag
Braids -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2500 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Braids

In looking at that last photo I realized how much work many of the ladies put into their hair.

Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/3200 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1600 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/1000 sec, f/2, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/2000 sec, f/2, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Shot with their teacher -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 140mm — 1/640 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Shot
with their teacher
Having Fun -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Having Fun
Top Half of the lady seen in “ Juggling ” on the earlier post -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 — 1/640 sec, f/2, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Top Half
of the lady seen in Juggling on the earlier post
Certificate of Participation It was hard work to earn the right to be here -- Sanjusangendo Temple (三十三間堂) -- Kyoto , Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2015 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Certificate of Participation
It was hard work to earn the right to be here