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2017, year of the rooster

A happy new year to all my readers. May 2017 bring you happiness and take you one step closer to your goals.


As per the tradition in Japan, I started the year with a visit to the shrine (Hatsumōde), in order to get blessed for the year of the rooster, and bring back my lucky charms from the year of the monkey 2016 so that they can be burnt by the shrine.


I will be in Kyoto on the 21st of January for Fujikina, with the opportunity to touch and try Fujifilm’s upcoming GFX 50s medium format mirrorless camera. But more importantly I’m just looking forward to the trip to Kyoto, even though unfortunately for me Kiyomizu Dera’s famous main hall will just have been covered for renovation works that are expected to take place until 2020.


Talk to you soon 😉

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Kasai Rinkai Park

It took a full week, but I finally got my laptop back, and it is working fine again (on top of that it has also been completely cleaned). It is a big relief given the price of these things, but I have to say this week without computer has been a good and productive one. I suddenly had the time to go to places I would have otherwise never been. Like in the Kanda area last weekend, for example. Or like the Kasai Rinkai Park yesterday. 

  

This park is easily accessible from central Tokyo via the JR Keiyo line. Its main features are the Tokyo Sealife Aquarium, a huge Ferris Wheel and a Sea Bird Sanctuary.

  
There are several viewing spots located around the Sea Bird Sanctuary, where bird watchers and photographers can gather. The longest lens I had with me was the XF50-140mm F2.8, which is definitely a too short focal range in this situation. I will probably come back once the “super telephoto zoom” (XF100-400mm?) becomes available for rent (Q1 2016?).

   
  

The park is located near the beach, so you will also encounter loads of crabs while you walk around.

   


The huge Ferris Wheel is the main landmark of the park, and looks great at night when it is illuminated.

   
   

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Heavy rain in Tokyo

It’s been raining really hard in Tokyo today, so that the Japan Meteorological Agency was forced to issue official warnings about heavy rain and potential floods, that were disseminated to the population via messages sent directly to everyone’s smartphones:  

When you think that 2 weeks ago we had a crazy blue sky but everyone was complaining that the summer was too hot and humid…

  
 
The situation is not as bad though as in some places in the Shizuoka prefecture that have been completely flooded due to the passage of Typhoon Etau

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Star Wars BB-8™ Droid by Sphero

I am having some serious hardware problems with my computer, so I have a ton of pictures to edit piling up on memory cards. Unfortunately, it takes several days to have an appointment at the repair station of the Apple Store. 

Meanwhile, I’m having some fun at home with the Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Sphero to help the time go by faster 🙂

 
Shot taken with my Fuji X-T1, transferred to my iPhone via the Wifi app and slightly edited in Snapseed to add some vignette. This picture was actually taken on the floor of my living room, but, by setting the camera so that I get a pitch black exposure before adding one flash on camera left, I create the illusion that I am shooting against a black background 😉