A Peek at Not-Yet-Peak Autumn Colors in Japan, To Pique Your Interest
Middle of Nowhere Patrick, Damien, and Valerie in Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60mm — 1/400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Middle of Nowhere
Patrick, Damien, and Valerie
in Shiga Prefecture, Japan

One reason that I don't blog so much these days is that when I do go out with the camera, the places I visit are so overwhelmingly beautiful that I get choice paralysis in deciding what to work on, and what to write about. I start to work on one set of photos, only to get drawn into a hundred side channels for things I want to share, and in the end I share nothing because nothing finds its way all the way to a blog post.

So with the intent to fight agsinst that, I set out this morning to quickly scan the 714 photos I took during a recent outing to some temples in Shiga Prefecture (an hour's drive from Kyoto), and quickly choose a few photos and blog them. What I had hoped would take 30 minutes has, to this point, taken two hours.

Comparing Camera Settings at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/50 sec, f/2.5, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Comparing Camera Settings
at the Eigenji Temple (永源寺)

Part of the slowness comes from my desire to tie in today's photos with ones from the past. This helps make my blog a diary for my own consumption later in life, I guess, when my memory starts to.... what was I talking about? 🙂

For example, the lead photo above was taken very near where the lead photo of this post was taken, a couple of years prior during that year's same Shiga temples tour. But even closer is this photo, take during Cycling to Nagoya for Coffee, which was, at 260km, my longest ride to date.

Crisp Light -- Eigenji Temple (永源寺) -- Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Crisp Light

Our first stop of the day, the Eigenji Temple, was not yet at its peak of color, but it was still lovely, and I hope to post much more from the day. When here two years ago, it had indeed been at peak color, as seen in Anatomy of a Selfie and a few others. Sigh, that day was so photogenic, there should be 20 more posts just from it. Maybe someday.

We then made our way to the jaw-dropping awe-inspiring emotionally-powerful Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺), as introduced a long time ago in Deep Sorrow at the Kongourinji Temple’s Path of Jizou, but perhaps better photographed half a dozen years ago in Uncountable Sorrows: Path of Statues Dedicated to Children who Passed Before Their Parents, or any of the many other posts that the nearby photos link under each picture brings you to.

Purification Basin at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Purification Basin
at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺)
Fuzzy Visitor on the purification basin's dragon -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fuzzy Visitor
on the purification basin's dragon
desktop background image of incense offerings at the Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺), Shiga Prefecture, Japan. -- Offerings -- Kongorinji Temple (金剛輪寺) -- Echi, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Offerings
Desktop-Background Versions
1280×800  ·  1680×1050  ·  1920×1200  ·  2560×1600  ·  2880×1800
Simple Basin at the Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Simple Basin
at the Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺)
Plonk -- Sakaejun Temple (栄順寺) -- Omihachiman, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 — 1/320 sec, f/2.5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Plonk

I've felt remarkably uninspired to photograph or write this year, but this was an inspiring trip, so perhaps some of its effects will linger and I'll write more soon. It's five hours after I started writing this post at home, and now I'm finishing it in the Osaka airport as I start a trip to Ohio to visit my folks.

Continued here...


Kyoto’s 2018 Fall Foliage Season is Upon Us
Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple 三千院、Kyoto Japan -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 42mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Quick Portrait at the Sanzen-in Temple
三千院、Kyoto Japan

The fall colors starting to descend upon Kyoto has woken me up, at least momentarily, from an almost-two-month blogging slumber. Friends Paul and Olesia are visiting, Paul for the 100th time, Olesia for the first, so we took her up to the Ohara area of Kyoto, in the north-eastern mountains, for the first taste of autumn colors.

Walking up from the parking area toward the temples, the path is lined with tasteful shops. Here's a little kiosk selling only autumn-color handkerchiefs:

Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 36mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1400 — map & image datanearby photos
Symbol of the Area apparently -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 34mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5600 — map & image datanearby photos
Symbol of the Area
apparently
A Few Colors -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
A Few Colors
Cucumber on a Stick -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 5000 — map & image datanearby photos
Cucumber on a Stick
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 56mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Tree near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Tree
near the entrance to the Sanzen-in Temple (三千院)
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 45mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Garden few colors yet, besides green -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Main Garden
few colors yet, besides green
Green-Tea Instagram Moment -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Green-Tea Instagram Moment
Hallway with Nice Light -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Hallway with Nice Light
Another Way to enjoy the main garden (10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos) -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/5, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Another Way
to enjoy the main garden
(10 minutes later, she tracked me down and asked for copies of the photos)
This Tree Can't Decide what color to be -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/6.3, ISO 3600 — map & image datanearby photos
This Tree Can't Decide
what color to be
Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 44mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Olesia
Me photo by Olesia -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 6 — 1/30 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
Me
photo by Olesia
Nice Detail -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Detail
“ Secret Path ” that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it. -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Secret Path
that's not secret; I had simply never noticed it.
Nice Place for a Portrait -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Nice Place for a Portrait
Slumbering Jizo -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Slumbering Jizo
Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Photographers are Suckers for moss -- Sanzen-in Temple (三千院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 48mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Photographers are Suckers
for moss
Fading Light -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 29mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Fading Light
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 50mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Peeking Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Peeking
Hosen-in Temple (宝泉院)
Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/320 sec, f/2.8, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Dressing (as in salad) Shop -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000 — map & image datanearby photos
Dressing (as in salad) Shop

On the way in, we stopped by a shop that gave taste samples of their various dressings and ponzu. They were all good, but two of them were wow!, so we stopped on the way back to get some.

Many Kinds -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 26mm — 1/200 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Many Kinds
Onion & Garlic -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Onion & Garlic

I also picked up a bottle of aka shiso flavor (red shiso). Really crisp and nice.

Field of Rape The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as “ canola oil ” ) -- Ohara -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 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 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 38mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200 — map & image datanearby photos
Field of Rape
The area used to produce a lot of rapeseed oil (also known as canola oil)

We took the long way home to drive through some of the deep mountain roads that I cycle on. When in the forest it was quite dark. In this photo below, it was actually much darker than it seems (I took a longer exposure than normal). Handheld for 1/13th second. It came out okay.

Much Brighter than Reality near Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Momoi Pass (百井峠) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Much Brighter than Reality
near Momoi Pass (百井峠)

The warm glow from the setting sun look is from the car's hazard lights. 🙂


Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 2

Today's post is a continuation of SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi and its followup, Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1.

At the end of the previous post, we'd come across a fallen utility pole, as we had a few times earlier....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:40pm
“ Caution ” the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Caution
the small sign at left is normally high up in the air, alerting to overhead wires

The photo above is looking back toward where we'd come from, and in it there's a farmer leaning against a truck in front of his house. He'd told me that the road was not passable even by foot, but I'd dismissed it as an exaggeration. I shouldn't have.

What follows are a bunch of photos in chronological order, documenting what we came across....

2:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:40pm
Can Barely See the Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 34mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.3, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Can Barely See the Road
2:41pm
Can Not See The Road 2:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Can Not See The Road
2:41pm
2:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:42pm
Still No Road 2:43pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Still No Road
2:43pm
2:44pm photo by Joshua Levine -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:44pm
photo by Joshua Levine
2:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:48pm
2:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 44mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.6, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
2:48pm
2:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 50mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.7, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
2:49pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:50pm
2:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
2:50pm
Lucky Car 2:51pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Lucky Car
2:51pm
2:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
2:52pm
2:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
2:54pm
This Section Was Difficult 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
This Section Was Difficult
2:57pm

This section that I had just come over was difficult, because not only was the road not visible, we were walking on branches that were well above the guardrail, itself not visible unless your foot fell through the web of branches and made a hole to look down and see it. The only path I could find was right over the guardrail at the edge of the cliff, so if you slipped in an unlucky way, you'd slice your foot on the top of the guardrail, or tumble down into the river.

At this point we met two workers walking from the other direction, and they helped John and Joshua with their bikes.

Helping Hand 2:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Helping Hand
2:57pm

They said that they had been walking for an hour, and that there were maybe six or seven more almost-impassable sections like the one we were on. It turns out that this was wildly underestimated.

Easy Section 2:58pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Easy Section
2:58pm
Actually Riding 2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Actually Riding
2:59pm
2:59pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
2:59pm
3:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:00pm
3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:01pm
3:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:01pm
3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:02pm
3:02pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:02pm
3:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:04pm
Smooth Sailing 3:05pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Smooth Sailing
3:05pm
Old and New 3:07pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Old and New
3:07pm

I'm guessing that the cut trees in the photo above are part of the massive damage from last year's Typhoon #21. The fallen utility pole and the slight landslide are from this year.

3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:08pm
3:08pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ — 1/200 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
3:08pm
Stripped This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts 3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Stripped
This tree had its bark stripped clean in parts
3:09pm
3:09pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:09pm
3:10pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:10pm

At times we faced such a daunting task to get past a section, we thought to turn back. But we knew how tough it would be to retrace our steps, and imagined that it couldn't be that bad going forward.

We were wrong.

3:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:13pm
3:14pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
3:14pm
3:16pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 30mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:16pm
3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:18pm
3:18pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:18pm
3:19pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:19pm
Mountainside Raped by the Wind 3:21pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mountainside Raped by the Wind
3:21pm
This is the Road 3:22pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ + iPhone 7 Plus back dual camera 3.99mm f/1.8 at an effective 28mm — 1/750 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
This is the Road
3:22pm
3:24pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 41mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:24pm
Passing Through in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately 3:27pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passing Through
in some sections we could get by only by passing the bikes separately
3:27pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:30pm
3:30pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:30pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:32pm
3:32pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:32pm
3:39pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:39pm
3:40pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:40pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:41pm
3:41pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 46mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:41pm
Oops 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Oops
3:42pm
3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:42pm
Low Ceiling 3:42pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Low Ceiling
3:42pm
3:44pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:44pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:45pm
3:45pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/125 sec, f/2, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:45pm
3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:47pm
3:47pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:47pm
3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:48pm
3:48pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:48pm
3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:49pm
3:49pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:49pm
3:50pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:50pm
3:52pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 25mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
3:52pm
3:54pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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3:54pm
Peek-a-Boo traffic mirror now easily accessible 3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Peek-a-Boo
traffic mirror now easily accessible
3:55pm
3:55pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7+ + 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
3:55pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 56mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:56pm
3:56pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
3:56pm
3:57pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
3:57pm
4:00pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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4:00pm
Vexing Area 4:01pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Vexing Area
4:01pm

We were stumped on how to get past this section when out from it came two guys...

4:04pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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4:04pm

They had found a long, low tunnel through the debris on the inside edge of the road, and so we dragged our bikes through it.

We Came From There the tiny little space between the wall and the branches 4:11pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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We Came From There
the tiny little space between the wall and the branches
4:11pm
The Guys' Truck we imagined 4:13pm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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The Guys' Truck
we imagined
4:13pm

If that was their truck, the road was open from here on into the city. It had taken an hour and a half to travel about 4km (2.5mi), a stretch of road that normally takes just a few (~6 or 7) minutes.

We're lucky that there were no real landslides, as they can often take out a huge chunk of road, leaving absolutely no way to pass (such as seen here).

As it was we were lucky and could make it through. I was covered in scratched and bathed in sweat, and had lost the auto-retracting lens cap for my camera, a cleat cover, and ended up trashing my cleats. First world problems.

I imagine it'll be a long time before the road will be open.

On the way home, I swung by the Heian Shrine to see what had become of the tree that had fallen across the road the previous afternoon....

No Sign except two green cones doing nothing 4:42pm -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Sign
except two green cones doing nothing
4:42pm

Here's the ride at Strava.


Surveying Supertyphoon Jebi’s Damage North of Kyoto, Part 1

In my previous post, SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi (2018 Typhoon #21), I wrote about cycling while the biggest typhoon in 25 years approached Kyoto. The next day, with fine summer weather, I set off with Joshua Levine and John Chen to see how some of the mountain roads had fared.

Our concern was well founded, as seen in the incredible devastation by a typhoon a year ago (2017’s Typhoon #21, Lan, was Quite the Doozy).

We headed out toward Kyomi Pass, on the same road that I'd been on the previous day as the typhoon approached....

Scattered Debris but not too bad -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Scattered Debris
but not too bad
Passable thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Passable
thanks to someone who had already come by with a chainsaw
Bigger Damage I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Bigger Damage
I'm glad I'd not stuck around longer than I did yesterday
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Concrete Telephone Pole Down
Another Pole, More Trees -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Another Pole, More Trees
More Cleared Trees near the pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Cleared Trees
near the pass

This is near where I had turned around the previous day. The main storm came through perhaps an hour and a half later, I suppose.

Today, we continued on...

“ No Motor Vehicles ” unless you can lift them -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Motor Vehicles
unless you can lift them
Split in Half The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same. (What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Split in Half
The trunks seen at the bottom and top of the frame were originally one and the same.
(What a violent moment it must have been to produce this.)
Easy Walking as the utility lines held the trunks above ground -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Easy Walking
as the utility lines held the trunks above ground
Tree Trunk Exploded the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner, leaving perfectly-smooth wood -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Tree Trunk Exploded
the outer trunk was perfectly stripped from the inner,
leaving perfectly-smooth wood
Slightly Harder to Pass -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Slightly Harder to Pass
More Trees Down -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More Trees Down
Finally Reaching The Spring -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Finally Reaching The Spring

This spring, where we often stop to fill our water bottles, is not far below the pass. The nearby photos link below the photo brings up previous blog posts where this spring was featured.

After filling up, we continued on our way deeper into the mountains...

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Common Scene -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Common Scene
Yet Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Yet Again
And Again -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And Again
And Still Again... -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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And Still Again...

We took the turn toward Mochikoshi Pass. In essence, we had started a clockwise Kyoto Heart Loop, and were working on the western half.

More of the Same -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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More of the Same
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“ Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out ” guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/2.1, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Turn the Fuck Around and Get Out
guy in red gloves in the center was egregiously rude

We finally came across a crew working to clear the road, and without prompting we were verbally attacked by one of the workers. His lashing out was entirely uncalled for; someone apparently higher up in the food chain of this group stepped in to allow us to pass.

Quickly Passing -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Quickly Passing
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As we moved away from the area, we passed all the parked cars of the workers, and as we continued toward Mochikoshi Pass, more cars came. This told us that the road ahead was open all the way to the city, as it was the only other way to reach this point. This was good news, and was opposite to what happened last year, as the destruction seen in the previously-mentioned post about last year's typhoon was all on that road that we were soon to return to the city on.

It hadn't been completely unscathed, as we came across one beefy tree that had been cleared:

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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John had never been on this road, so I was pleased to tell him that it was all downhill from here... a lovely 10-minutes of coasting through pretty woods.....

But then we came to this:

Totally Impassable To Cars -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Totally Impassable To Cars

We were bewildered... where did all the cars we'd seen before come from? They could not possibly have passed here.

The farmer who lived here said that we shouldn't try to go forward, because it's totally impassable even on foot.

It slowly dawned on us that the workers had not come from the city, but from the sporadic houses and sparse villages between where we met the workers trying to clear the road, and here. They weren't the city crew dispatched to clear the road; they were residents trying to get out, trying to clear away for people and goods and medical service. Trying to reestablish a lifeline.

Now I could understand why the guy had snapped at us; I imagine it was an extremely stressful situation.

In any case, despite the farmer's warning, we went past the downed utility pole and headed toward town.

Nothing I'd seen today, or last year, or ever, prepared me for what we were to encounter.

Continued here...


SUPER FUN!! Cycling in Supertyphoon Jebi (2018 Typhoon #21)

Just a Bit of Rain
Supertyphoon Jebi (Typhoon #21) passes near Kyoto
(My area of Kyoto is the black dot to the lower right of center)
Ready to Head Out in the calm at 10am, four hours before the radar screenshot above -- Shirakawa River -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/2.2, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Ready to Head Out
in the calm at 10am, four hours before the radar screenshot above

Having grown up in Ohio with its summer thunderstorms, I like dynamic weather. I enjoy riding my bike in the rain, even if the rain is hard and the wind is blustery, so long as it's warm. If I know it's going to rain, I know I'll get wet and so I'll prepare accordingly, and I'll embrace the rain instead of try to avoid it.

This lack of fear of getting wet is apparently sufficiently rare that it makes me appear to be crazy in the eyes of many. Whatever. I enjoy it.

A supertyphoon was forecast to pass near Kyoto at about 2pm, so I thought I'd go out for a ride beforehand, to enjoy some of that dynamic weather before it got too bad. I set out at about 10am intending to do a loop that normally takes me about two hours. There was no rain yet, but the wind was a bit blustery.

Denied! the typhoon claims its first victim: my certain KOM on a favorite segment -- 3 -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 100 — map & image datanearby photos
Denied!
the typhoon claims its first victim: my certain KOM on a favorite segment

Half an hour into the ride, I came to Zenkoji Flyby Northbound, a short punchy segment, and I hit it hard. On my previous visit last week, I set a new personal record and came within 8 seconds of the KOM (King of the Mountain, the best-recorded time), despite having to go somewhat gingerly because the road was wet in some areas. Today the road was dry and I was feeling really good, putting out more than 1,000 watts at the start, until I came around a corner near the end to find the road was closed.

Someone saw me standing there in front of the gate, and told me "oh, it's fine for you to go... we just put that there because the typhoon is coming." Great. I was bummed, because I'd been I was 8 seconds ahead of the current KOM's pace, so I certainly would have gotten it. I asked whether I could move the gates aside temporarily so I could give it a try, and he said something along the lines of "I'd like to say yes, but the city asked me to put the gates there, so I can't". Oh well, I'll try again after the ground drys off.

At least it afforded me the chance to take in the view from the area, which was nice:

Calm Before the Storm Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan -- 3 -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/1800 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Calm Before the Storm
Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Closed Today Mii-dera Temple (三井寺) closed in preparation for the typhoon -- 3 -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Closed Today
Mii-dera Temple (三井寺) closed in preparation for the typhoon

It wasn't until an hour an a half into the ride, at 11:20am, that it started to rain.... just a mild, spritzy-drizzle. The wind continued to have stronger gusts at times, but it was still entirely fun and not even close to being any kind of danger. So, I decided that once I got back to Kyoto, instead of heading home I'd pop into the mountains a bit, and I invited a few friends to join.

Blown-Over Tobidashi-kun -- Hieidaira Nichome Bus Stop -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/200 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Blown-Over Tobidashi-kun

I returned to Kyoto around noon, and met up with the one friend who could join, Maithilee, and we headed off to do the western half of Kyoto's Heart Loop, starting with the climb up to Kyomi Pass.

Starting to Get Soaked but the rain still wasn't very hard yet (yes, she should have a helmet ; she has one, couldn't find it, and decided to come anyway) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Starting to Get Soaked
but the rain still wasn't very hard yet
(yes, she should have a helmet; she has one, couldn't find it, and decided to come anyway)
Some Small Debris Accumulating -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Some Small Debris Accumulating

Here's a short video:

Not Toooooo Bad....
(the video makes it seem a lot worse than it was)

At this point the wind was definitely dynamic, but not dangerous. Still, I wouldn't want to stay out if it got much worse.

Bent Trees I'm starting to feel that it's getting worse -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/200 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Bent Trees
I'm starting to feel that it's getting worse

It started to get stronger as we neared the top, and I thought we should abort the ride and head back soon.

Let me make it clear that I'm intimately familiar with the damage a typhoon can do. As seen in 2017’s Typhoon #21 (Lan) was Quite the Doozy for Kyoto, trees and utility poles were snapped like toothpicks. I want no part of that, and we were no where near that point. I wouldn't be near that point if it were near that point.

Still, the debris were also getting bigger, and especially with her not having a helmet, I worried about a branch or something bonking her on the head, so head back soon we would.

Okay, This is Now Officially Crazy
Relatively Calm at the Top but time to get back to town -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/35 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Relatively Calm at the Top
but time to get back to town

Back in town it was much calmer.

On the way out of town, we'd noticed that a friend had left her windows open, so on the way back down, with the rain now getting stronger, we stopped in to close them for her.

We also took the opportunity to try a short segment nearby, that I've been wanting to get the KOM on. In the past I'd come close, but had trouble with bad GPS tracking (my pause after having completed the segment would somehow get added to my effort time), or with having to abort the attempt because of people or cars or something. Today I wasn't sure whether I should even bother, because the wind felt like it was blowing all directions at the same time, but I gave it a shot and did well and got my KOM. I'll want to go back on a less-blustery day to see just how much of that was from the weather and how much was from me.

Maithilee got the QOM (Queen of the Mountain) on it by virtue of her being the first female to do it. 🙂

By this point the wind was still much more calm than in the mountains, but the rain had started to pick up.

This is Super Fun For Me
I just love riding in this
Perhaps Not So Fun For Her she was getting soaked to the bone just like we were, but unlike us, she didn't do it on purpose -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Perhaps Not So Fun For Her
she was getting soaked to the bone just like we were,
but unlike us, she didn't do it on purpose
Lots Of People Out and About
though the rain is now strong
Having So Much Fun -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 25 — map & image datanearby photos
Having So Much Fun

We knew the main storm still hadn't arrived, but would, so we were winding down our ride. As I escorted her back to her place, stopped at a traffic light we noticed that the wind really had picked up, and was racing through the small alleyways...

Whipping Wind
River with Waves the waves were against the flow of the river -- Aoibashi -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
River with Waves
the waves were against the flow of the river

Just before we got to her place, a gust of wind came that was unlike anything I'd experienced since my rides up Mt. Fuji a couple of months ago. It was so strong, instinct brought us both to a halt and off our bikes, to steady ourselves. This was the real storm arriving.

We happened to have a good view of a river, which was flowing away from us, but it looked to be flowing toward us:

Backward-Flowing River

It was time to get inside, and we did.

The storm raged outside as I fought with Apple's Air Drop feature, trying to send the photos and videos I'd taken to her phone. It normally works so smoothly, but for some reason just didn't want to work well this time. I eventually gave up and headed back out. I hadn't been there long, but the worst of the storm had clearly passed.

I felt completely safe riding home, except for the occasional bit of flying sheet metal. I kept eagle eyes out for that, and otherwise enjoyed myself immensely.

Flipped-Over Bus Signs their base looked to be so heavy that I didn't even try to put them back -- Oike Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Flipped-Over Bus Signs
their base looked to be so heavy that I didn't even try to put them back
Rust Gave Way -- Oike Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/60 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Rust Gave Way
The Kind of Sheet Metal I Was Worried About as the metal shutters flapped in the gusts -- ディアクレスト京大熊野 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/30 sec, f/1.8, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
The Kind of Sheet Metal I Was Worried About
as the metal shutters flapped in the gusts
Behind the Heian Shrine Its trees still looked full, but so does the street -- ディアクレスト京大熊野 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 64 — map & image datanearby photos
Behind the Heian Shrine
Its trees still looked full, but so does the street
In Front of the Heian Shrine a tree fell across the road -- Heian Shrine (平安神宮) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/160 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
In Front of the Heian Shrine
a tree fell across the road
At the Heian Shrine
Proper Preparation That crane has been in use for a year, now tucked away safely for the storm -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
Proper Preparation
That crane has been in use for a year, now tucked away safely for the storm
On Sanjo Street -- 堀池橋 -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/240 sec, f/1.8, ISO 20 — map & image datanearby photos
On Sanjo Street
Kamo River Seems Fine no problems, unlike previous times like this and this -- Oike Bridge -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/1.8, ISO 32 — map & image datanearby photos
Kamo River Seems Fine
no problems, unlike previous times like this and this
So Very Fun! -- Sanjo-Street Bridge over the Kamo River (三条大橋) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
iPhone 7 Plus— 1/120 sec, f/2.2, ISO 40 — map & image datanearby photos
So Very Fun!

The wild weather was winding down quickly, so I called it a day and headed home.

Here's the ride on Strava:

I'd seen some big damage, as shown above, and a lot of small things like fallen roof tiles and people's stuff being blown around. I knew it would take some cleanup. But nothing I'd experienced out on the ride prepared me for what I'd see online when I got back, mostly from Osaka. It was horrifying:

There are also now plenty of compilation videos showing more.

There's also this video of Kyoto Station, often accompanied by text claiming that the roof was falling in. My guess is that the big square metal thing we see fall was actually blown from somewhere else, and simply came crashing through one of the glass panes.

In any case, all these Osaka videos were quite a shock. Kyoto didn't get hit nearly so hard, thankfully.

The next day was calm and pleasant, and I took a ride to check out the mountains where I had been as the storm approached. That's a story for the next post, but let's just say that I'm very, very glad that I turned around and came back when I did.

Continued here...