Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shaved Ice & Other Delights

Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk! That's what it's all about today. Emi and I had a big lunch and we decided that the best thing to do was to walk it off. So, off we go!

No, no bus today, just walk on by.

There are so many things to see when out and about on foot. A stroll through the Yokohama Bashi covered shopping street and there are countless things to see.

Fresh vegetables and fruits are plentiful.

Sweet bean cakes in the shape of a fish - very delicious.

So many fish stores.

Bento box lunches - ready to eat, ready to go!

Emi's on the prowl.

Another fish shop.

This mother was trying to keep her little boy moving forward but all he wanted to do was go back and pet the dog.

Here on the fringes of the Motomachi shopping district is an outstanding pottery shop. They have a great selection and reasonable prices.

They even have a frog on security detail.

The girls directing traffic in Motomachi are an attraction as well.

Lets blow bubbles! If kids playing with bubbles doesn't put a smile on your face - brother you're dead!

I call this - "Dark Haired Beauty by the Sea"

Self Portraiture - it has taken the world by storm.

The Pilot boat swings into action.

She sells shaved Ice and other delights at Aka-Renga-Soko.

What goes up!

Must come down!

And, Dad has recorded it all on his cell phone.

The bungee bouncer attendant keeping an eye on the bouncing baby.

We deiced to go to the Noge Jazz Festival in... Noge of course. But first we needed to stop by this shop that specializes in ink, ink brushes and paper used in the Japanese version of calligraphy; a hobby that Emi has practiced for years. Today she bought a couple of brushes.

3:00 PM and we're just in time for the kick off of the Jazz festival.

This guy is grooving on a 7 string bass guitar.

These guys are good!

She's got the beat!

There's nothing better than an outdoor jazz fest on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

As I look around I notice that my fellow Jazz enthusiasts are not youngsters.

And, as I circle around the street I see that not everyone is even a jazz enthusiast. It's either that or he's saving himself for later when the best bands come out to perform.

Tough crowd.

Plenty of vendors are set up providing drinks and food at reasonable prices.

Back to the band. In particular, back to the drummer!

A casual glance, we make eye contact, man-to-man we know what we're thinking "man! look at that drummer!"

As they close out their set Emi and I return to Yokosuka for a cold one in town before we go home.

What a civilized way to end a great Saturday. Life is good.


All images taken with a Panasonic GX7 camera and these lenses: DG Summilux 25mm f1.4, DG Summilux 15mm f1.7, Vario 45-175mm zoom (camera & lenses are Micro Four/Thirds).

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  1. Hi Mike,

    Very beautiful pictures! Well done.

    I have a question - I know you own both GX1 and GX7 - Which one do you enjoy more and why?
    Also - I own a GX1 + DG Summilux f1.4 25mm - thinking of buying a Voigtlander Nokton f.95 - is there a big difference between these lenses?

    Thanks for your time :)

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  3. Hi Serge, sorry I didn't see this sooner.
    I like both the GX1 and GX7 but for different reasons. I prefer the GX1 with EVF view finder for manual focusing. The built in EVF on the GX7 (in my opinion) is not very good for focusing on details. I have all three of the Voigtlander f.95 lenses and I only use them on the GX1 simply because the EVF is so much better than the GX7. And, if you're considering buying one of the Nokton f.95 lenses you should be aware that you need to open the aperture up all the way for focusing because the view is dark when you're closed down to say f8 - f16. So you focus first then select the f stop you want before releasing the shutter. All this takes time, but the results are stunning.

    If I'm shooting in auto focus the GX7 is my first choice. Mainly because the body is bigger than the GX1 and it just feels better in my hand. Also, I think the auto focus is a little faster on the GX7.

    I hope this helps. I think I'm better at using a camera than I am at writing about them.