Walking up Fushimi-Inari

The mountain that the tori gates rise up on is splendid walk. I wish I have done it at night or right as the sun rose in the morning. there are a lot of little trails that branch of the main path up. Small shrines to stop at and enjoy. Mind you I got attacked a few times by mosquitoes. Some stones and little wooden tori gates are all over.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with 50mm f1.4 on Ilford FP5


Taxi in Ginza

Walking in Ginza was a pleasure, seeing people walk with clothing that was more then my year salary. Great stores and I also came across a lot of camera stores that had some great gear. I ended up getting a Hexar in Ginza and was quite lovely. Used it on the trip as well. Waiting to cross the road I caught a taxi turning in the intersection before we headed to lunch with a friend.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M 21mm with  Ilford FP5


Asakusa Kitty Exploring

We stayed at the Sakura hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo when we visited there this past May. Great area as you are right there next to Sensoji temple which is great. They air there is happy and there is stores in the area and easy to get on trains and subways to get to the rest of the city. Walking around in the morning you see drunk people picking themselves up and heading home, people working on opening there store or restaurant and kitties exploring like this one in this alley.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with Canon 50mm f1.4 ltm lens, Ilford FP5img051

One thousand black and White Tori Gates

Fushimi-inari taisha is truly is a great place to visit. I am sure anyone who goes to Kyoto in Japan has been here or read that it was in the top 3 places to visit for a tourist. Tourist groups go here with guides. the best time to go is as early as you can go. It is a shrine and their for is open all the time, you can go in the middle of the night if you want, also it is free. You can spend an entire morning hiking all the way to the top to see the entire shrine. The tori gates make a different atmosphere. It feels like it is providing me a tunnel the travel through these woods up the mountain. I have taken photographs here early in the morning with no one around and have gotten great colors. this time I was shooting with some black and white film and still enjoyed getting these results.

Taken with a Voigtlander R4M at 50mm f1.4 with Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, Ilford FP5 img030

Kaisando Hall at Tofuku-ji Temple

Kyoto has a wonderful temple complex with some amazing gardens, some old and some modern. Tofuku-ji Temple is a great stop. People come in groves to Fushimi-inari taisha with it’s 1,000 orange tori gates going up Fushimi mountain. You should stop right before or after that visit to Tofuku-ji which is only one stop away from the tori gates. This has a few buildings and great gardens as mentioned and this is Kaisando Hall where one side of the walk way has a stream and more wet garden before it slopes up to the forest. This side has a great area of gravel that is raked in a checkered pattern. It is quite great to look at and I needed a 21mm lens to take this picture and probably done better if I had the 15mm lens. We sat here for a while enjoying the serene seen.

Taken with Voigtlander Bessa R4M with 21mm f4 lens on Ilford FP5img048