Saturday, December 29, 2012

Yokohama Bashi

The rain stopped, the Sun came out, it's Saturday, time to play! I decided to take Emi to "The Jack". The Jack is a red brick cultural heritage site that I had just read about and I was interested in going up to the clock tower.

Regrettably, when we went to the entrance we found that it's closed until after the New Year.

No problem, we'll go to Odori Koen and check out the flea market.
Darn, no flea market today. Just a bunch of fellows basking in the Sun.

Ok, when all else fails, go shopping! We went to Yokohama Bashi; it's a covered shopping mall with a big variety of specialty shops. In we go!

Fish shop

Ramein noodles

Pickles in the front, beer and sake inside; what more could one want?

Oh yeah! Crab!

Okonomiyaki (kind of a pancake dish)


Man! This place is crowded today.

Yakitomago (fried eggs)

Pickled veggies

Noodles, get your noodles right here

Tiger prawns

If you want to impress me, lick your nose.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Shooting with a film camera

A small voice in my head said "get a film camera and some film". I don't know why after all these years of shooting with a digital camera I would return to film. I do know one thing, I've been spoiled by the convenience of a digital camera - everything is figured out for you - point & shoot - done! My new Voigtlander rangefinder is really old school, everything is manual; one really needs to slow down and think things through before pressing the shutter button. Anyway, here are some images that took with some Fuji color print film and then scanned so that I could post them here.

Hinodecho at noon.

The Bashamichi Taproom. I'm told that this is a nice place to get a bite to eat and a cold beer.

I won't be finding out about that today - they're closed.

Yokohama Marine Tower as seen from Yamashita Park

The Ookagawa river

Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen (Harbor View Park) near Motomachi

Aka Renga Soko

Kanagawa Prefectual Museum of Cultural History (Bashamichi)

The Bashamichi horse head street marker.

A shrine in Kawasaki

Colorful lanterns near the shrine

A fountain donated to Yokohama City by the country of India

The view from America-yama park near Motomachi

Emi took this one. Enjoying a cold one after a day of photography!

I think I need to get a few more rolls of film run through the camera before I'll be satidfying my artistic innener child with the results. However, it's the process of creating images with film that is exciting me. And, hopfully there will be some improvment in the pictures with some experience with the camera and the film.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Swinging Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I was out and about enjoying the day when I happened to arrive at a swinging little jazz combo playing in the mall. Even Santa was playing some notes.

Some fans are enjoying the music too!

Meanwhile, Emi is in a Chinese restaurant wondering when her food will come.

Ahhh... here it is

That is some seriously spicy hot stuff!

And so, another Christmas unfolds in our little corner of Japan.

All the best,

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Isezaki Mall Street Concert

It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas, at least it did yesterday when I saw these kids giving a concert at the Isezaki Mall.

Afterwards, Emi and I decided to go to the top of the Yokohama Marine Tower and check out the view.

My new range finder camera (it uses film).

Some of the pictures have reflections from the glass windows - can't help that :-)
This picture was taken from Minato no mieru oka Park
 The rest of the pictures from this day were taken with a film camera and will take a few days for me to get them processed and scanned.
Anyway, Merry Christmas!
All the best,