Sunday, February 7, 2016

Setsubun Supplies

Setsubun came and went last week. Unluckily for me, I was not able to catch any festivities this year.

However, I did spot this display at my local market down the street from my house. The hiragana reads hiiragi (ひいらぎ) or holly in English. According to the Wikipedia entry, sardine heads and holly leaves are placed on entrances to Japanese homes to keep bad spirits from enter.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Took a break

Sorry, about neglecting my photo blog for the last several months. Things have been busy, and I had thought that my work in Japan was coming to an end. Anyway, fear not, all is not lost. It looks like I will be here for several more years.

The family had a short getaway to Saipan to enjoy playing on the beach and the company of some good friends from Tokyo. As usual, the temperatures were warm and the sunsets were spectacular as usual.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lake Kawaguchi Kappa Statues

At Lake Kawaguchi I spotted this strange pair of kappa statues amid the warm autumn foliage.

Nikon D600 with Nikon 24mm f/2.0 Nikkor AI @ f8, ISO 200,1/200 sec.