Heavy snow in Tokyo for the 2013 Coming-of-Age Day

Coming of Age day under the snow in TokyoToday was a national holiday in Japan, to celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day. If you don’t already know what this is, you can check out the blog post I wrote about it last year.

Coming-of-Age Day 2013 - Heavy Snow-4

Just like last year, I was planning on hitting the streets of Tokyo to get some pictures of the usual Coming-of-Age Day kimonos parade, but when I woke up this morning it was just pouring rain outside, and I got instantly much less excited… Another glance through the window a couple of hours later to check if the rain had stopped, and suddenly I realized that one of the biggest snowfalls of the recent years in Tokyo was happening outside. It was one of these times, when you don’t even know It is has begun to snow, but suddenly when you look outside there is already a huge white blanket of snow upon  your familiar streets.

Coming of Age day under the snow in Tokyo

Well, right away I knew it was a stupid idea, and that all I would get from that would be dead shoes, wet clothes, drowned gear, and most likely a cold, but there was just no way trying to resist… I had to go outside and get some pictures of this very special 2013 Coming-of-Age Day. Here are some of them…

Coming of Age day under the snow in Tokyo

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Many things to come…

Kyoto Tofukuji Koyo Autumn colorsAfter taking the X-E1 with me for a 2-day temple-marathon in Kyoto, and then for a quick jump to Jakarta, I am basically drowning below the images to sort out and edit… I also need to put my thoughts about how the X-E1 fared in the field during those peregrinations in order, so that I can share them with you here. More on that to come pretty soon… But while this is definitely in the pipeline, the light is great in Tokyo these days, so, rather than staying in front of my computer to do all that, I just could not resist to going to Odaiba for some long exposure shots of the Rainbow Bridge. Since the X-E1 does not have a real ultra-wide angle lens yet, I took the D800 with me. See the result below:

Tokyo Odaiba Rainbow Bridge at NightLet me know what you think, and if you want me to test something specific on the X-E1, just leave a comment under this post.

Talk to you soon…