Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pushing through August

August - a lot of heat and humidity but one must press on regardless. So, here are some pictures from some of my August adventures so far.

A trip to Kamakura is always good for a bit of fun and photography.

Everyone takes this kind of picture at a shrine; so do I!

The water lilies are blooming. I forgot how big they are.

The pond in Kamakura is packed with them.


The leaf is as big as an umbrella.

The photographers are out today!



Time for a selfie.

No sunshine today but one can never let down their guard; UV rays are everywhere! 

A proper gentleman out for a walk.

On my way home from Kamakura I sat across from these charming ladies that were have a terrific time talking with each other.

Another day, another place to go. This time I visited the Hikawamaru moored at Yamashita park.
This ship was built in 1930 for transiting between Japan and Seattle. I love the art deco interior.

The first-class smoking room.

The ship's bell just outside the pilot house.

The radio shack.


Inside the pilot house.

Can't go to sea without a compass.

Full steam ahead! The security guard is keeping an eye on me; probably worried I might get the ship underway.

The view of Yokohama from behind the pilot house. No blue sky today.

No need to go down with the ship, we have life boats!

Scenes from the engine room.


The engine order telegraph.

The engine room's sound proof phone booth.

This is where the poor passengers sleep.

Back on dry land I look back at the mighty Hikawamaru.

The harbor clean up crew hard at work keeping the waterfront spic & span.

Yet another day's adventure. Welcome (back) to the Yokohama Doll Museum.

If one has a free day in Yokohama I highly recommend the Doll Museum. Photography is allowed if no flash is used.

My favorite piece in the museum.


All the dolls are behind glass and sometimes a bit of reflection shows up in the picture.

The European dolls look a little scary to me.

She has some serious eyebrows.

Whoa! this doll should give your kids nightmares.

Walked past some colorful flowers on my way back to the train station.

Last shot of the day: A little fun along the Ookagawa river.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Sunday, August 6, 2017

When all else fails, be happy!

That's it folks, be happy. Turn off the news, at least for a little while, go out and have some real fun. Go out and be around other people that are having fun.

A beautiful day in Rinko park. I love the clouds.

Emi is feeling playful.

A Rinko park landmark.

These girls look like they know a thing or two about having fun and being happy.

A few weeks ago I rode that Ferris wheel. It was a mix of fun and fear (I'm afraid of heights).

Fun, fun, fun... just follow the crowd.

It must be fun to to wear the same outfits; not that I'm going to do it.

The Ferris wheel towers over the roller coaster ride.

Nothing says how much a guy likes a girl than a date to the Yokohama Cup Noodle Museum (cup noodle gift bag in his left hand).

If it feels good do it.

Checking out the Red Brick Warehouse.

The Red Brick bar is open for business.

Moving on.

The ultimate sun screen protection.

Some more of that pair look thing.

Couples are a good thing.

You don't have to be rich to have a good time.

What's cooking out on the Osanbashi pier today, other than all of us under this hot sun?

Damn! That's a big ship.

Bigger than a bread box but kind of looks like a bread box.

I've been captured on film (digital image that is).

I saw her standing there...
...so I took her picture. Emi was busy pretending she didn't know me.

By-the-way, I've been shooting all these pictures with a Voigtlander VM 21mm f4 Color Skopar P-Type lens mounted on a Sony A7II camera.

Shopping in Motomachi must be fun.

See, she's smiling - so it is fun.

Wearing sun glasses is not only fun, it's cool too!

Oh yeah, eating street vendor food in China town is fun.

You're looking good girl!

To really have some fun one needs to get unplugged from their iPhone (just my opinion).

Changing to a Sigma Sd Quattro camera and 30mm lens for these next few pictures.

Here's a girl that doesn't mind showing off her tattoo.

Photography is fun!!!

So is standing around like a summertime vodka advertisement.

Casual comfort is the way to go.

An unexpected surprise! Dancers in Yamashita park.

Beauty and...

...grace.

And, comic relief.

Last shot of the day: Friends.
It doesn't take a lot to be happy, so get out there and smile!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike