Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine, Part 3
The Garden All to Themselves Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
The Garden All to Themselves
Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan

Today's post is the final installment of the story started in Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine. The previous installment ended with our having to wait for a massive crowd to clear. After all three of them 🙂 left, we had the place to ourselves.

Putting Away the Sun Glasses for a darker area of the gardens -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Putting Away the Sun Glasses
for a darker area of the gardens
With a Gray Heron I'd hoped it would fly just as they passed, but it didn't move -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
With a Gray Heron
I'd hoped it would fly just as they passed, but it didn't move
With Another Heron -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 180 — map & image datanearby photos
With Another Heron

It was only as I was walking around to join them that the first heron decided to fly away...

See Ya' -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos
See Ya'

Birds in flight are almost as difficult to photograph as children (a bird's movement is marginally less erratic). I'm focus-challenged in the best of times, but in this case it was compounded by the fact that I had the manual-focus-only Voigtländer 125mm/f2.5 mounted. Given all that, the result isn't too bad.

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Stepping Stones -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Stepping Stones
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Always the Gentleman -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Always the Gentleman
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
On the Way Out -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 140mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
On the Way Out
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy I missed focus on this first shot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy
I missed focus on this first shot

I'd seen this bench with its Beware of Hairy Caterpillars sign on the way to meet them, so when I saw that Taran had a thick fuzzy beard, I thought we could have some fun with it, along the lines of the two-shot sequence seen here.

I love their smiles in the shot above... I just wish I'd focused better. 🙁

After that, I bid them adieu with one last snap...

Bye! -- Kyoto Prefectural Library, Okazaki -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Bye!
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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 140 — map & image datanearby photos

The Silliness of Japanese Medicine-Dosage Rules
Drip Drip Drip kusaridoi rain chain at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Drip Drip Drip
kusaridoi rain chain at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺)

I'm currently on the recovering end of a very bad cold that stole a week of my life. The photo above (that actually has no dripping in it) is from a photogenic outing last fall, first seen in Anatomy of a Selfie.

Here's a less-photogenic photo from yesterday, with an actual drip in it (two, if you count the I.V.):

Getting a Gram of Antibiotic Goodness 1g of Rocephin , along with 20mg of Prednisolone for good measure -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 at an effective 32mm — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos
Getting a Gram of Antibiotic Goodness
1g of Rocephin, along with 20mg of Prednisolone for good measure

I noticed the cold coming on when I woke up last Tuesday, and it seemed to be mild at first, so I thought it might be like a one-day cold I had a couple of weeks ago, but I still had it the next day, so after the photoshoot with Taran and Kate (where I kept my distance so as not to give it to them) I went to the doctor. He said it was bacterial and not viral, so prescribed antibiotics.

Antibiotics normally make me feel better almost immediately, almost back to 100% by the next day, but this time, the 250mg of Levofloxacin twice a day didn't seem to do a thing, and I descended into a hazy world of misery.

I would have liked to have gone back to the doc on Friday, but it was a holiday, so I went back yesterday. He said that perhaps the dosage was low for my weight. I'm 90kg (200lbs), double the weight of some of the more petite adults in Japanese society.

I'd expressed some worry about the Levofloxacin, due to reports of tendon issues among athletes, so he moved me to something else, hopefully at a dosage appropriate to my weight. He was also going to jump-start things with an I.V. of antibiotics, but since there was a short wait for that, I went and got my prescription filled first.

At the pharmacy, I asked whether the prescription, 100mg of Cefditoren thrice a day, was appropriate for my weight, and I was stunned at the deer-in-the-headlights response. They said that medicine dosage for adults was something set by law, so a patient's weight was never part of the dosage consideration, except for children.

Now, if they said that this medicine's dosage was set that way, I'd not have been surprised, as I suppose it depends on the specific medicine whether it's best dosed by weight, but it was clear that they had never even considered dosing adults based on weight.

I asked So, a ballerina and a sumo wrestler always get the same dosage?. A big sumo wrestler can easily weigh six times that of a petite adult. The look on their faces told the story, being a mix of wow, I never thought of that combined with a kid having got caught with the hand in the cookie jar. It was now clearly apparent to them how stupid the situation was, but at the same time, it had never occurred to them, nor could they do anything about it because the law was the law.

Asshole one does not walk on the delicate moss at a temple, unless you're a selfish asshole (don't mind me, I'm just being grumpy) -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 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)
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Asshole
one does not walk on the delicate moss at a temple, unless you're a selfish asshole
(don't mind me, I'm just being grumpy)

Anyway, these meds are definitely better and I finally feel the cold receding.

Happy Photo to End With Zensuiji Temple (善水寺) -- Zensuiji Temple (善水寺) -- Konan, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2016 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Happy Photo to End With
Zensuiji Temple (善水寺)

Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine, Part 2

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Ritual Cleansing
before entering the shrine
— at the Heian Shrine, Kyoto Japan —

Today's post follows Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine, where I posted a few shots (and a wigglegram!) from a photoshoot the other day. Recent MBA-graduates Taran and Kate were looking to have some photos taken while on vacation in Japan, and got put in touch with me. I haven't done much real photography in a long while, except last month's mini session at Kyoto Tea Ceremony Camellia GARDEN, so I wasn't sure what to expect from myself.

We first met to get to know each other a bit over coffee, and I found them to be a fun couple with super-photogenic smiles, so I knew I'd have an easy time of it.


Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/4, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
First Photo
of the day

We started with the typical in front of the gate shots...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

The little orange fence thing is there to stop people from driving in, because the front area can certainly look like a parking lot. At first it wasn't quite centered to the gate, which drives me insane, so I moved it over. I should have expected how heavy it was... it's solid wood. Ugh! But so worth it to have things centered.

(Now that I think about it, it's probably good that it's no longer blocking the path that the yellow dimple bricks lead a sight-impaired person on. Prior to my moving it, they would have run right into it.)


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Such Easy Smiles

Before heading in, they did the ritual cleansing one's supposed to do before entering a Shinto shrine. Taran used to live in Japan so he knows the ropes, including tipping the ladle up at the end to let the last bit of water drain down the handle, cleansing it from your touch....


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Step

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 31mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading In

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 40mm — 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Posed Shot

The Heian Shrine is a photogenic place, so there are lots of opportunities for nice posed shots, made all the better by there being so few visitors at the moment. I tried to also let them move about to enjoy at their own pace, to get more candid-ish shots.


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Guided Tour
Taran has been here before, so he showed Kate around

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Hey!
I'd interrupt their stroll occasionally by grabbing their attention

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm — 1/3200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
... and posing them for a nice shot

Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 125 — map & image datanearby photos

Walking by the tree filled with omikuji (which I explain on this post almost a decade ago), I noticed one had fallen down, so I asked them to put it back onto the tree for the camera.

Eventually we went into the gardens...


Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretend
that you're relaxing. Relax harder!
(Saying silly things sometimes garners a nice smile)

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.2, ISO 450 — map & image datanearby photos
of course I had to pull them back for a shot on the bridge

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
exposed for the very dark area under a tree

Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
Teeming Crowds
we had to wait a full minute to have the lake to ourselves

To be continued...


Taran and Kate at the Heian Shrine
Kate and Taran at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Kate and Taran
at the Heian Shrine (平安神宮), Kyoto Japan

I did a little photoshoot today with recent MBA graduates Taran and Kate, doing some traveling before heading into the workforce.

I'm out of practice of late, but they had such nice smiles and an easy-going nature, so it was a breeze. I've a bazillion photos to get through... for the moment, here are a few.

Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 102mm — 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 90mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Artistic ” Processing to make something from an overexposed, throw-away shot -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Artistic Processing
to make something from an overexposed, throw-away shot
Touring the Grounds -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Touring the Grounds
Relaxing in the Garden -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Relaxing in the Garden
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 150mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
“ Beware ” , the sign says, “ of hairy caterpillars ” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Beware, the sign says,
of hairy caterpillars

I'll post more later, but for today, I'll end with this wigglegram:

Animatable Wigglegram (16 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect
写真の上をマウスで左右にゆっくり動かすと「3D」な感じが出ます。

Continued here...


Revisiting That Mountain Roller Slide From Years Ago
Watch Out for Kids! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/680 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Watch Out for Kids!

Sorry for not posting anything recently. I've felt remarkably unmotivated in all things lately, but found some inspiration in an email from someone asking about this mountain roller slide that I'd posted about some years ago. Now that I'm into cycling (though currently generally unmotivated about it), I thought I'd ride to the location to see whether it's still there.

Here's the ride:

Along the way I came across a lovely lotus field in the middle of the suburbs.

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/950 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Best I Could Do with the iPhone camera -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Best I Could Do
with the iPhone camera
Lovely Road -- Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/190 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Lovely Road
Side Road Explored on a Whim steep but pretty -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Side Road Explored on a Whim
steep but pretty
Becomes Less Lovely the explored-on-a-whim road becomes extremely steep and broken -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Becomes Less Lovely
the explored-on-a-whim road becomes extremely steep and broken

Next was to explore a short but steep (and nicely-paved) climb I'd seen here. It starts under a new expressway bridge...

Looking Back to the start of the short service road where it meets the main road -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/1500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Looking Back
to the start of the short service road where it meets the main road
Goes Way Above the Expressway -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/2500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Goes Way Above the Expressway
Ends In a Bamboo Grove my iPhone seems to often be focus-challenged, and I can't tell at the time on the small screen )-: -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Ends In a Bamboo Grove
my iPhone seems to often be focus-challenged, and I can't tell
at the time on the small screen )-:

Next was the main climb of the day, the full Yoshimine-dera Temple climb, ostensibly 3.6km (2.3 mi) at 10.2%, but the first kilometer is relatively mild, then it ramps up quickly.

Halfway through is a section of 450m at 17% that ends at the parking-lot entrance to the temple, but the actual road continues to wind up almost two dozen switchbacks:

Start of the Second Half near the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Start of the Second Half
near the Yoshiminedera Temple (善峯寺)

I made a PR on the first half by a wide margin, but had to stop before plodding on to slowly finish the climb.

The temple itself, which I didn't visit on this trip, is quite nice, especially in the fall. It's been on my blog many times over the years, such as in The Whole Gamut of My Blog In One Spectacular Visit to the Yoshiminedera Temple

Anyway, I eventually made my way the remaining 12km to the location of the slide, which is in a small entertainment complex that includes the ability to pick your own mushrooms that you can have cooked there, or bring home. I opted to just stop in the cafe for curry:

Lunch -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Lunch

The section with the slide is an area called 山びこの森...

Entrance to the Playground Area Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/1100 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Entrance to the Playground Area
Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森)

Cost is 210 yen (~$2) per person, though elementary-school aged and below are free. The photo above is taken pretty much at the little kiosk where you pay. A ticket is good for all day, in and out as you like.

Open every day but Tuesday.

Enter This Way -- Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/3400 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Enter This Way

Frankly, without a bazillion kids enjoying the area, it's sort of pathetic. There are a couple of teeter-totters, the slide, and the Tarzan rope mentioned here, and that's about it.

To ride the slide, first grab one of the pads lying around or in the shed near the bottom....

Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/950 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos

Climb the path to the top of the slide. It affords nice views of the slide as you go...

Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Top of the Slide -- Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Top of the Slide
Heading Down -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
map & image datanearby photos
Heading Down

It takes some balance on the pad to get up any speed. Going slowly, it took me 30 seconds to get to the bottom, but with some seating adjustments it could go much more quickly, I think.

“ Tarzan Rope ” -- Yamabiko no Mori (山びこの森) -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/500 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Tarzan Rope

I'm not sure how much effort it's worth to try to visit this place, but it can be reached via bus from JR Takatsuki Station, though there are less than a dozen buses a day:

Minimal Schedule -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Minimal Schedule

The left three columns show the schedule from the train station to the area, for (left to right) weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays/holidays. The row number shows the hour of the day; a number within a box indicates the minute (in that hour) when the bus leaves, and in parenthesis, the bus's destination. For example, on weekdays, a bus leaves the train station at 1:15pm, headed toward 杉生. The bus before that is at 11:37, and the one after is 3:55.

There's a bus stop right at the complex, called 森林センター前. It takes about 40 minutes in the bus.

The right-side three columns show the return buses to the train station. The last one on a weekday is 7:38pm

After leaving, I went to explore some new roads, and found some lovely ones, as well as one that had seen better days...

Horrible-Quality Road -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Horrible-Quality Road

The first new road I tried, a long and lovely climb followed by a descent with many questionable sections of road, as seen above, joined civilization at a spot I'd ridden by in the past:

Weird Place seen on my blog two years ago here -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Weird Place
seen on my blog two years ago here

The rest of the ride was fairly uneventful. I was disappointed to find that a 10km section during the return trip, which had looked like a lovely descent on a big sweeping road, turned out to be quite unlovely because it cut through miles and miles of strip mining, and so the road surface had become horribly pitted from the thousands of dump trucks over the years, so it was decidedly unfun. To make it worse, there was a strong headwind filled with sand and gravel from the mining operations, so it was an uncomfortable struggle even going downhill.

This satellite view gives some sense of it. It's not a road I'll be trying again any time soon.

Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Closer to home, there's a lot of construction of some sort along the river... there were dozens of dump trucks visible at once. Here's where they were rejoining the road...

Lots of Dump Trucks -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Lots of Dump Trucks
Well-Earned Treat Coffee and Crepes at Cafe Morning Glory -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 50 — map & image datanearby photos
Well-Earned Treat
Coffee and Crepes at Cafe Morning Glory
Kids Cooling Off in the River a few minutes from home -- Nijo Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2017 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 at an effective 57mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Kids Cooling Off in the River
a few minutes from home