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Modern Progress: Japan’s First Utility Wires Coming Down After 120 Years
And The Angels Sang unremarkable photo showing a remarkable situation yesterday  &nbsp ;昨日、 やっと 電気線 なし! -- 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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And The Angels Sang
unremarkable photo showing a remarkable situation
yesterday   ;昨日、やっと電気線なし!

Yesterday, for the first time in 120+ years, Niomon Street in Kyoto is not draped in utility wires.

日本初電気街灯位置場仁王門通(京都市岡崎)昨日やっと都市美化で120年ぶり電気線等が無くなりました。

The first electric-power generator in Japan was built just up the street from where I live, around 1890. As such, the street in front of my place became the first in all Japan to have electric streetlights. At the time, I'm sure the associated power lines were a source of pride as a symbol of Japan's march toward modernity, but of course now they're just urban blight, and urban blight that Japan has traditionally taken to extremes.

Eight Years Ago 八年前、電気線いっぱい -- http://regex.info/blog/
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Eight Years Ago
八年前、電気線いっぱい
Yuck 8 years ago — 八年前 -- http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR at an effective 63mm — 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yuck
8 years ago — 八年前

The photo above appeared on my blog more than eight years ago, in It will be a traffic nightmare….. but I can’t wait!!, when I found out about the urban-beautification initiative that would bury the utility wires under the street. At the time, the view from my place was marred by 20+ utility wires:

Eight Years Ago 八年前、電気線いっぱい -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl
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Eight Years Ago
八年前、電気線いっぱい
Part of the Construction Eight years ago 八年前、都市美化は始まりました -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2006 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Part of the Construction
Eight years ago
八年前、都市美化は始まりました

Unfortunately, the construction eight years ago to bury pipes and such merely paved the way for the removal of the utility wires, but the wires and the utility poles didn't actually get removed.

結局、八年前工事準備だけでして、電気線電子柱も残りました。

Ugly Utility Poles in the Sidewalk four years ago, from this blog post 四年前、醜い電子柱は残りました -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Ugly Utility Poles in the Sidewalk
four years ago, from this blog post
四年前、醜い電子柱は残りました
Right in the Way! 邪魔! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Right in the Way!
邪魔!

It's difficult to imagine just how ridiculously in-the-way these utility poles are. Check out this photo from a post four years ago showing Anthony on the way to a haircut:

めっちゃ 邪魔、 電子柱 さん -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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めっちゃ邪魔、電子柱さん

Every few years a few of the wires would come down, but it was slow progress. Just a year ago it was still pretty much the status quo.

One Year Ago 一年前でも、ほとんどのワイヤはまだ残りました。 -- Park House Kyoto Okazaki Yuurakusou -- 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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One Year Ago
一年前でも、ほとんどのワイヤはまだ残りました。
Same Pole as in “ Yuck ” Above a year ago -- Shirakawa River -- 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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Same Pole as in Yuck Above
a year ago

But finally they've been coming down more quickly!

Same Pole as in “ Yuck ” Above two weeks ago 二週間前、ほとんどなくなりました! -- Kyoto, 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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Same Pole as in Yuck Above
two weeks ago
二週間前、ほとんどなくなりました!
Much Cleaner wire-wise, at least, but the ugly in-the-way utility pole is just to my back in this shot 邪魔 な 電子柱 は 残っ てるけれども、ワイヤはほとんど 奇麗 になりました 、二週間前 -- Kyoto, 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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Much Cleaner
wire-wise, at least, but the ugly in-the-way utility pole is just to my back in this shot
邪魔電子柱残ってるけれども、ワイヤはほとんど奇麗になりました、二週間前

As nice as it is to get down to just one wire, the difference between 1 and 0 is substantial, a point brought home in spectacularly clear fashion a couple of weeks ago as I walked to the Higashiyama Lightup. Jingu Street had apparently just had all its wires taken down, and though I'm sure the following photo doesn't show it, it felt surreal to walk down it sans wires. It felt as if I was on a movie set.

Surreal Jingu Street sans wires, two weeks ago 二週間前 の 神宮道、 ワイヤ無しでシュルレアリスムな感じ 。撮影所 みたい。 -- Kyoto, 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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Surreal
Jingu Street sans wires, two weeks ago
二週間前神宮道、ワイヤ無しでシュルレアリスムな感じ。撮影所みたい。

Later that evening I noticed that all the wires and poles were down in one of the more quaint areas of Kyoto, as illustrated by two photos starting here. It was wonderful.

So finally, as of yesterday, all the wires strung in front of my place are down. The utility poles are still there, just as in the photo of Jingu Street above, but hopefully they'll be down soon as well.

And in other in-my-neighborhood news, cherry blossoms have started to bloom.

Shirakawa River yesterday 白川の桜は開花始まりまし -- 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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Shirakawa River
yesterday
白川の桜は開花始まりまし

Photoshoot with Ikuko Among the Plum Blossoms, Part 1
Behave! いい加減にしなさい! -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Behave!
いい加減にしなさい!

The other day I did some photos with Ikuko-san, the friend we saw quite differently last month in An Apprentice-Geisha Photoshoot Quite Unlike Any Other. This time we could see her normal self.

この間北野天満宮育子さんという友達一緒撮影をしました。(先月、このブログでは育子さんの節分「変身」をみました、本格的舞妓になる事でした。)

Before Getting Started recording the light color for later reference ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Before Getting Started
recording the light color for later reference
ホワイトバランスの調整のために光の色を記録します

You'll perhaps recognize this scene from last month's The Many Lanterns and Overwhelming Sumptuousness of the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. She, too, was drawn to the many lanterns...

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tentative First Try wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting (the lantern above her dates from 1842   この 灯籠 は 天保 13年のものです) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Tentative First Try
wildly backlit, with weird reflections and ghosting
(the lantern above her dates from 1842   この灯籠天保13年のものです)

Before we got into the photography in earnest, she wanted to pay her respects (as described in the many-lanterns post).

Paying Respects お参り -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Paying Respects
お参り

And since we were at one of the best spots in Kyoto for plum blossoms, I felt obliged to snap one (but only one) blossom photo. Here it is:

desktop background image of plum blossoms at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (北野天満宮), Kyoto Japan -- 梅 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Desktop-Background Versions
1280×800  ·  1680×1050  ·  1920×1200  ·  2560×1600  ·  2880×1800
Still Tentative -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Still Tentative
Not Much View I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Not Much View
I think the trees in this area are maple, so we should come back in autumn
Gave This a Try the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Gave This a Try
the wide-angle from a lowish angle accentuates her legs, but this location just wasn't doing it for me
やっぱりここの景色はいまいち。梅へ行こう。
Pensive Look -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pensive Look
Nice Smile -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Nice Smile
Banana Juice? Inexplicably, she said they smelled like “ banana juice ” . To me they smelled like plum. 「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。 -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Banana Juice?
Inexplicably, she said they smelled like banana juice. To me they smelled like plum.
「バナナジュースの臭い」と言いましたけれども、僕は梅の臭いと思いました。
After We Stopped Laughing about the banana-juice thing -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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After We Stopped Laughing
about the banana-juice thing
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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A Bit of an Attitude

The gardens were remarkably uncrowded, but I found someone to impose on to snap a photo of us. He knew he wasn't handy with the camera, so had his wife redo the shot when she came by, and it's a good thing because her shots were better. :-)

Me and Ikuko 育子さんと私 photo by Subina Garyet -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Subina Garyet, http://regex.info/blog/
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Me and Ikuko
育子さんと私
photo by Subina Garyet

The lady who took the photo was there with her family, so I snapped some photos of them. They were freakishly photogenic. I was so jealous. Just look:

Freakishly Photogenic Family -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Freakishly Photogenic Family

I've since sent all the shots to the family, but I'll share one more here, my favorite, of the husband trying to coax his daughter to look at the camera. (Good luck with that.)

“ Look at the Camera, Honey ” “ Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand. ” -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Look at the Camera, Honey
Hey buddy, I'm already busy here looking at my hand.

Later I noticed Grandma off camera had the toddler's attention, so as per the lesson about kid photography I learned with my nieces and nephews, I quickly moved myself and the camera to be near Grandma, to take advantage of the child's attention focused in that general direction.

Back to Ikuko-san, one more photo before we end this part of the story...

Lost in Thought -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lost in Thought

Continued here...
続きはこちらです。


One From Yesterday’s Portraiture Session
Guess Who at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2014 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Guess Who
at the Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (北野天満宮)

It's been a week since my last post... where does the time go?

Well, yesterday a bit of it went into a photoshoot. This is not really one of my What am I? quizzes, but do you recognize her from when she appeared on my blog in the past?

Continued here...


Finally Inside the House at the Seifuso Villa in Kyoto
Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
9-image panorama — map & image datanearby photos
Main Living Room
Seifuso Villa (清風荘)
— scroll side-to-side — 水平にスクロールしてね —
or click through to a 6,300-pixel-wide version

Continuing with last fall's visit to Kyoto's visually-rich Seifuso Villa (清風荘), where the last installment (From the Garden to the House at the Seifuso Villa) left us finally inside the main house that has gone mostly unseen so far except for its photogenic entrance foyer.

The grounds are opened to the public for a few days every year or two, but the house is not normally open to the public at all, so it was a wonderful opportunity to have an unrestricted tour.

The photo above is a 9-image panorama that you can scroll from side to side. It's got quite a bit of geometric distortion that I wish I could have corrected, but it's not bad for the amount of work I put into it (which is almost none: I selected the photos in Lightroom, invoked Merge as Panorama in Photoshop, and it did what it wanted. I made one small touch-up to the result, and here we are.)

Old Glass -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Old Glass
Master Bedroom -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Master Bedroom
for the master of the house
Ripply Shadows -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Ripply Shadows
Table with a Chinese Vibe -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Table with a Chinese Vibe
Tabletop -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Tabletop
Inlaid Shell -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Inlaid Shell

A section of this tabletop is the item in the other day's A Red, Squiggly, Fairly Blotchy “What am I?” Quiz. Unfortunately, nobody got it right. I was hoping someone would be able to tell me how the red squiggly blotches came to be. The tabletop was perfectly smooth, so I'm sure a lot of sanding was involved.

Another upstairs room with an equally-impressive view had two of the same table. Here's a wigglegram showing the view:

Animatable — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすといろいろな影響を見えます。

If this looks familiar it's because one of the frames appeared in an article a couple of months ago, at the start of this post.

Nice View of the Lawn and Part of the Garden (The garden was covered in this post ) -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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 of the Lawn and Part of the Garden
(The garden was covered in this post)
Paul Taking the Same Shot -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Paul Taking the Same Shot
Old Light Switches -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Old Light Switches
Random Room -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Random Room
Large Room Now Used for Conferences -- Seifuso Villa (清風荘) -- 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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Large Room Now Used for Conferences

Scenes from the 2014 Kyoto Higashiyama Lightup
the Yasaka 5-Storied Pagoda (八坂の塔), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yasaka 5-Storied Pagoda
given a bit of an artsy treatment
八坂の塔
Kyoto, Japan
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夕べ、友達と一緒に京都東山花灯路を見に行きました、6年ぶりで。光源と影の間の明るさが大きすぎたので、撮影がなかなか難しかったです。

Yesterday after seeing the plum blossoms in the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, I made a trip out to see the annual Kyoto Higashiyama Lightup. It was the first time since 2008, when I posed a report in two parts.

As I tried to take photos, I remembered why I skipped it all these years... the difference between the dark of the evening and the brightness of the lanterns and other displays is just way too much for a camera to do anything reasonable with, unless you move to HDR and its often unearthly results. (Unearthly results can be quite stunningly good, as Trey Ratcliff often shows, but it's not really my cup of tea.)

I did bring my big tripod with me, but didn't use it all that much because I'm just too lazy. The photos reflect that laziness, with a lot of mushy softness due to slow shutters, high ISO, and heavy noise reduction in Lightroom. The lead photo above was so mushy that in order to (perhaps) recover something useful from it, I pushed the mushiness further and added some grain. I guess I must like the result, since I'm leading with it.

My evening started at the Chion'in Temple where I met some friends. This is the temple undergoing roof repairs that I recently wrote about. Since I had the tripod with me, I tried a crisp photo of its main gate (which I also wrote about recently, here)...


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Main Gate
Chion'in Temple (知恩院)

They had some kind of light projection artistic event going on inside, and the line to get in was huge...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Line Snakes Out to the Street

(You can't tell in the crappy photo above, but the path is quite nice, as seen here.)

As I waited for friends, I filled my time with the camera...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Rickshaw Parking

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Well-Dressed Photographers
or, at least, well-dressed ladies snapping a cell-phone photo

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This Entrance Closed
please use the side door

We then made our way to the Shouren'in Temple, often seen on my blog due to the flower-arranging show they have every year (pics: 2013, 2012).

Lanterns along a wall across from the temple (at a condo, which is actually where I lived when I first moved to Kyoto):


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Condo Wall
tastefully done, as should be, across from the Shoren'in Temple (青蓮院)

Facing the wall, between it and the temple proper, are several 800-year-old camphor trees. They're very hard for me to photograph for some reason, but perhaps one is because the utility wires cutting through just destroy it for me.


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Lit Up Camphor Tree
800ish years old

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I Do Love The Roots, Though

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Standing Steady
Damien doesn't seem to move during the six-second exposure

Over in Maruyama Park they had all kinds of various displays, many the same as I showed six years ago. A new display had a bunch of light cylinders on which people could put blossom-shaped papers with their wish written...


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Light Wish Cylinder... Things
Maruyama Park (円山公園)

When I walked up to them and saw that the blossom-shaped papers had writing, the very first text I noticed was a wish that stock prices end high. The one immediately below it asked for happiness for all the world....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/2.2, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Full Gamut of Wishes

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Not really inspired by the technical difficulties in photographing such dark/bright scenes, I moved over to the little pond and tried some longish exposures of quite dark scenes...


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10-Second Exposure
makes the moving crowd disappear

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 10 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Well, Mostly Disappear
the ghost in the reflection apparently stood still most of the time

Moving along...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/2, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Quintessential Japanese Aesthetic
refined sense marred by a useless traffic cone

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Rock
undoubtedly to encourage drivers not to clip the wall

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Cute Kid

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Modern But Powerful
at the entrance to the Daiun-in Temple (大雲院)

The photo doesn't seem to capture it, but for some reason I really liked the modern stone lantern at the entrance to the Daiun-in Temple (大雲院). Its lighting was really well done, which certainly helped.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Entrance
this time to the Entoku-in Temple (圓徳院)

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/50 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yasaka Pagoda From Afar

(The photos I took from the same spot in 2008 came out better; then I used the tripod, and a much longer lens.)

One could also look down onto a lane that sort of leads to the Kiyomizu Temple, which looks quite different now compared to six years ago...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 cropped — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Last Night
昨日の二年坂

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 at an effective 180mm — 4 sec, f/4.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Six Years Ago
6年前の二年坂。電子柱ばかり

Kyoto has slowly been trying to remove the ugly utility poles and wires. It's been eight years since the big construction in front of my place to make tunnels for the wires under the road, but the poles still remain. The effect when they're gone, as seen above, is almost surreal. Walking later on that road, I felt as if I was on a movie set.

the Yasaka 5-Storied Pagoda (八坂の塔), Kyoto Japan
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/1.4, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Yasaka Pagoda
closer this time
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On the way home, I passed through the Yasaka Shrine (quite a distance from, and perhaps unrelated to, the similarly-named pagoda seen above)...


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Quiet Path
Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)

I don't really care for the Yasaka Shrine, but I do like this path, which has appeared on my blog here and here.