One of my last post on the 2013 Sakura from Tokyo – I promise :)
A blatant demonstration of why one should always carry his/her camera : a group of pretty Japanese girls dressed in Kimono waiting for their train in Iidabashi.
Tokyo Daijingu near Iidabashi is one of the five major shrines in Tokyo and is the birthplace of Shinto-style weddings. Tokyo Daijingu is also famous for making your love life work, and is therefore mostly visited by women (young and old, but predominately young) praying for finding a good boyfriend or husband.
Schoolgirls coming back from 白百合女子大学 白百合学園小学校.
Japan’s secret for clean streets : cleaning ! :) Well, ok, well-behaved citizens also probably help a lot…
Practising my motion blur skills during lunch break :)
Another favourite restaurant of mine. One of the best donburi you can get in Iidabashi. Lunch set for ¥800, which includes two of them. 8 seats only and always full so I won’t tell where this gem is… I can however, take you there ;-)
Another addition to my collection ;-)
Going down Iidabashi station to reach the platform.
With pictures that can still be used at ISO 12,800, the 5D Mark III opens up a whole new range of photographic opportunities : here Tokyo Daijingu at night.
Nice name for a toilet paper brand :D
Spells the end of the hanami season in Tokyo.
Sign from another age : Laser Disc Karaoke from Pioneer !
Men of my age in Japan do not seem interested in taking photos of cherry blossoms. It’s either old Japanese men, or young Japanese Ladies and that’s usually reflected in the ads we see for cameras here in Japan…
Apparently, a cable caught fire near the train tracks in Iidabashi. No more sobu-sen and chuo-sen for a few hours as a result.
Some young of the young couples I saw yesterday on a “Sakura” date in Iidabashi looked really bored ! Look, there’s even one who could be tweeting to each other ;)
A beautiful day for a late afternoon stroll with my 70-200mm lens : taking nice photos of cherry blossoms is not as easy as it sounds so I hope those are not too dull :)
I am ready to bet that this crooked building will be one of the 390,000 that will be made uninhabitable when the big one strikes (according to the Science Ministry).
This is one aspect of Japan I really like : the plethora of little restaurants and bars usually serving excellent cheap food but where only a few customers can fit. This one can only host 8 customers and serves delicious donburi in Iidabashi: 800円 only for lunch.
Very nice bokeh as always with the 135mm/f2.0L !
As seen through an EF 135mm/f2.0L.