Time Slip in Takayama, Gifu

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Time Slip in Takayama, Gifu

1st visit to a historical city, Takayama in Gifu prefecture where we attended a seminar at one of pharmaceutical clients' factory. A real-life time slip into an old Japan.

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Good Learning of the Day

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Good Learning of the Day

There are a lot of noises out there about Leica M-9/ M-E's sloppy high ISO performance (somewhat true) where it is said to be usable up to ISO800 and beyond that is designated as "no man's land" where people try not to crank their ISOup to the 1000-2500 zone (myself included). I tried and found the results to be quite surprising!

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Fall Colors@Komoro, Nagano

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Fall Colors@Komoro, Nagano

A beautiful day with a great company to capture colorful foliage at Komoro, Nagano prefecture. Photos were taken with Leica M2 and Fuji Pro 400h film. Another good off-the-beaten path for viewing autumn leaves in Japan.

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Daily Life: Tokyo Station

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Daily Life: Tokyo Station

A narrative images of street photography depicting a daily life of commuters at/ around Tokyo Station, one of the busiest stations in Japan (if not the busiest). Photos were taken with Leica M2 and Kodak 400CN film.

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Weekend Escape@Kawaji Onsen

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Weekend Escape@Kawaji Onsen

Weekend escape with my good-old friends in New Zeland. The plan of our trip included Nikko, Kawaji Onsen and Edo Wonderland in Tochigi prefecture. Kawaji onsen definitely has a refeshing angle to offer in terms of an onsen town, good choice for a peaceful weekend escape from busy Tokyo.

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One Fine Day in Utsunomiya

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One Fine Day in Utsunomiya

Oya Stone Mining, a hidden underground space in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. When I first saw the photo of this place, it resembles somewhere inside the Egyptian pyramids. Fantastic place to get away from the summer heat as the temperature is naturally kept cool all year round.

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Autumn is coming- SANMA Festival

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Autumn is coming- SANMA Festival

Welcome to Autumn! This once a year Sanma (Pacific Saury) Festival in Meguro will make your mouth watery. The festival is held every year in early September where 6,000- 7,000 sanma are grilled and given away!

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Stranger Project III

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Stranger Project III

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Well, Im not gonna be shy about this as I approach people and ask for a permission to snap their photo all the times. It's a pity when seeing someone with a unique look on the street and regret it at home not getting a shot.  

I have asked and spoken to all strangers's photos below and they're all cool about it. Big thanks to all beautiful strangers out there!

P.S. The model on top of the page is from the shop, 'Oz Abstract' in Ura Harajuku, pls support him if you pass by: http://www.oztokyo.com/jp

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The Abandoned: Queen Hotel

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The Abandoned: Queen Hotel

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I have seen several examples of urban exploration/ haikyo and decided for a quick trip to try it out myself. This place, Queen Hotel was a love hotel situated in suburban not too far from Tokyo. I think it was discovered several years back when lots of things inside the room were still in place. However, during my visit, the place seems like it went thru a civil war where most stuff was torn apart and the access was totally sealed from the outside world.. L1010658

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Opinion: LomoChrome XR Purple 100- 400@ Caribbean and Latin American Street Festival

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Opinion: LomoChrome XR Purple 100- 400@ Caribbean and Latin American Street Festival

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For those who are lazy to read, in a nutshell, this film is magical, period. I never thought about buying this film, but somehow it got into my curiosity over the last weekend. Despite its high price tag (1,1xx yen a roll), I decided to give it a go. This little film's trick is that you can rate it between ISO100- 400 and it yields different results and purpleness. My first roll didn't get purple as the examples on Lomo site as green turns purple and I shot in the bright sun (ISO100 mostly). People said they hit the sweet spot at ISO200. I have found that at ISO100 under the shade seems to be quite right to my eyes (the tattoo lady). Anyhow I'm very impressed with what it delivers. All photos have been processed lightly, mostly bumping up contrast and adjusting minor stuff. All colors are original. Can you believe they are all from the same roll? It's certainly the most fun film to shoot with. For my next roll, I'll have an experiment of rating it in different ISO and compare results. Trust me, if you haven't tried this film, you have already missed a lot..  

My Verdict: Even at this price to pay for, I will still shoot this film and try to convert friends to use it. Im totally sold in.

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Can you see my ghostly image in this double-exposure shot? :D

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Fresh Air in Kyushu

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Fresh Air in Kyushu

Our 1st visit to Kyushu, Japan, our trip included  Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo and Nagasaki city; Kikuchi onsen in Kumamoto  and Kuju in Oita. Driving around beautiful scenery, going to an onsen and having great local food are a treat in Kyushu, there is nothing else anyone should need!

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Tokyo Escape: Yugawara Bairin/ 湯河原梅林

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Tokyo Escape: Yugawara Bairin/ 湯河原梅林

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I suddenly had this idea of visiting this place after seeing a photo on the internet. Instead of going alone, I ended up creating a meetup event where 6 other great people joined. It took about 1.5 hours from Shimbashi station one way, then we had to take a 15-minute bus ride to the ume/ plum field. I will let photos speak for the scenery itself. The trip was really great, we had a nice lunch set at a local restaurant on the way to the bus stop. It was a buri-don set (980yen with soup, side dishes and fruit), think the restaurant is called 魚仁. After wandering and snapping around the plum field, we all agreed and ended up in an onsen/ hot spring called Kogomenoyu/ こごめの湯. It was just fine as we expected a slightly larger outdoor pool. Then we finished up the day with a cold beer and tantan yakisoba which is their famous local menu. Leica M-E + Kobalux 21/2.8 & Sonnetar 50/1.1

Access: Yugawara Station (湯河原) on Tokaido Line (can also be accessed via shinkansen), takes about 1.5 hours one way.

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It was a perfect timing as ume is at its peak. There are other few things to see and do on top of that including nice onsen, what else can you ask for? Highly recommend for a day trip when the season is right.

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India Street

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India Street

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I just love taking photo in India, colours are just in every direction you turn to: buildings, saree, bags, etc. and lots of things happen everywhere on the street. Regrettably I didn't have a 21mm or 24mm wide lenses to easily get everything focus, but I am somewhat satisfied with these results (although some could have been better with such a lens).  I shot them during my trip commuting between Delhi- Jaipur-Agra and in those cities. At least, this would be good for a change rather than me posting all those tourist places. My favorite photo is the auto rickshaw one with a goat on board, too bad that the focus isn't crisp as I couldn't turn the focus scale fast enough. I shot most of them by setting certain aperture and scale focus so that's why there may not be sharp in focus. L1004307

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