Sunday, June 19, 2016

Awabi and Sazae Shells at Setohama Beach, Chiba

In early May, the family visited the Chiba peninsula and spent several days near Setohama Beach. On a previous trip, another girl scout mother had introduced my wife and the scouts to a secluded part of the beach where sea glass, pottery pieces and shells collected.

My son, daughter and several friends the spent a sunny afternoon hunting for blue and green sea glass and broken pottery while I looked for interesting shells. I was rewarded with awabi (abalone) and sazae (horned turban) shells.













Nikon D600 with Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-S @ f8.0, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Kawagoe Manhole Covers

For some reason unknown to me, Japan keeps their metal-works and craftsman busy making unique manhole covers. These ubiquitous metal covers are located all over every city covering underground fire hydrants, storm and sanitary sewers, communication junction boxes and underground electric junction boxes. I've taken many photos of these manholes in the past since unique designs are everywhere in Japan. Kawagoe is no exception, and I spotted several that were interesting.



Nikon D600 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM @ 35 mm, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM @ 35 mm, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/10 sec.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Satsumaimo Mochi Dango and Satsumo Imo Chips in Kawagoe

On that trip in January to explore Kawagoe in Saitama, we enjoyed some satsumaimo (or Japanese sweet potato) treats. Satsumaimo mochi dango (さつま芋餅だんご) and chips (おさつチップ) were on offer for a reasonable price at this shop. Just eat quickly and don't drop crumbs. The other shopkeepers along the street will scold you!





Nikon D600 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM @ 23 mm, f5, ISO 100, 1/60 sec.




Nikon D600 with Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM @ 17 mm, f5, ISO 100, 1/30 sec.