Friday, April 18, 2014

Street Art and a Strange Sign

I was wandering between Shibuya and Meijijingumae Station along Meiji Dori and found this unusual skull stuck on a pedestrian overpass. The overpass was covered mostly with graffiti but this little guy was the most interesting thing. I don't know if whether this is graffiti, a 3-D sticker, or something else, but it definitely is a form of street art or sculpture.







I also wandered by this store with an unusual name, 'Guerilla The Incubation Period'. It's the flagship store of the Tokyo fashion brand, WTAPS, but the name seems out of place just like a skull stuck on an overpass. Anyway, the WTAPS website says that their concept is "placing things where they should be." Hmmm... I liked the design of the exterior of the shop, but couldn't see their merchandise. So perhaps their clothes did not belong on me?




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Catching up on New Year's Hatsumode 2014 (Part 3)

As promised, we followed the trail to the top of the Mt. Takao and was rewarded with a good view of the surrounding countryside.

After stopping for a picnic lunch, some refreshments and snacks from the vendors at the top, we hiked over to Takao-san or as it is formally known, Takao-san Yakuo-in Yuki-ji (or 高尾山薬王院).

We didn't spend too much time here because of the crowds and the limited attention span of our kids. I was only able to take a few quick shots as we made our way through the grounds, before working our way back to the cable car and down the mountain.

There are a few more photos that I would like to share, so there will most likely be a part four!



Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f4.0, ISO 100, 1/400 sec.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f4.0, ISO 100, 1/1600 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f5.6, ISO 100, 1/60 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f5.6, ISO 100, 1/50 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f5.6, ISO 100, 1/60 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f2.8, ISO 100, 1/60 sec.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Catching up on New Year's Hatsumode 2014 (Part 2)

There are many statues scattered along the main trail that pilgrims follow to the shrine. Most of them appear to be of monks or other ascetics that have taken this trail; however, I wasn't able to fully investigate on our hike or determine afterwards if my assumptions were correct.

On our way to the top, we took one of the many hiking trails rather than proceed up the crowded main path. The side trails are well traveled, well marked and maintained but not crowded. We encounter many other hikers enjoying a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and crossed a beautiful well maintained suspension bridge.

Photos from the the shrine and top of the mountain will have to wait for my final post on our weekend adventure.


Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f2.0, ISO 100, 1/100 sec.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f2.0, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.