Friday, 14 October 2016

Sokō Yamaga

I found this interesting site in the city of AizuWakamatsu a headstone in rememberance of samurai Sokō Yamaga, standing in the place of his birth site. Photos taken with 85 mm. lens f 1,4, it was a very hot, sunny day 1st September 2016.

Sunday, 2 October 2016


Chabana is a flower compositio for the tea ceremony, much simpler and clean than ikebana, made with just on type of flower or even just one flower. Sunlight from a window, 105mm. lens at f 2.8.


I like my wife's new haircut, is not the first time she cut hair short, but was long time since the last time had the neck nicely exposed. Nikon 105 mm. macro lens at f 3.3, maximum aperture on close-up.


Two instagram pictures of the Suwa Jinja matsuri. I love high quality photo and I use professional equipment to achieve great results, but somethimes a smartphone photo is nice. To get this result, anyway, I had to invest in some hardware, a tele lens for smartphone, not the very expensive Zeiss, an affordable one, of course the quality is bad, but I like the bokeh effect.

Saturday, 1 October 2016


Tsubouchi Saburou is a monuaeshi, a painter of mon, the Japanese family emblem, he paint them on silk or cotton to be dyed to make kimono or accessory. The mon have to placed on both shoulder or in the middle of the back, just under the collar. A kimono with crest is very precious, it means had made expressely for a family, from the fabric decoration, dyng and tailoring. Ready made kimono don't have mon. Photographed in Kyoto in Summer 2016, with 105mm. f 2.8 lens in natural light from a window and a table lamp on the desk.

Matsuri at Sugawara Jinja

Matsuri at Sugawara jinja, music, dance and partecipation by local people. For night photography I used my 85mm. f 1.4 at 500 iso.

A game for a hot afternoon at Sugawara Jinja, Kitakata, Japan. All photos taken with 180 mm. at f 2.8 in sunlight.

Matsuri in the park

An afternoon playng in the park at Sugawara Jinja, waiting for the evening matsuri, the local festival, in Kitakata, August 2016.
All photos taken with 180 mm at f 2.8, some passing cloud softened the light at some point.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rain in the evening

The eavy rain is not spoiling the matsuri completely, I just stepped on the veranda to take some photos. I hope better weather for tomorrow. All photos take with 180 mm. at f 2.8.

Scenes from the matsuri at Suwa jinja: priests and miko.


The morning of the Summer matsuri at Suwa Jinja in Kitakata. The morning was very fine weather and later in the afternoon heavy rain.


This paper lantern is the sign that the summer matsuri, the local festival, is here! The neon sign in the background is the Yamatogawa sake factory opposite our home in Kitakata.
The day time picture is taken with the 85 mm. lens, the night time photo is taken with the 180 mm.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Abe shokudou

Abe shokudou (restaurant) is a very good traditional ramen bar in Kitakata. The town is very famous for this noodle soup called ramen, ofthen called chuka soba, chinese noodles. This particular dish is topped with plenty of pork stew slices, the broth is very dark and salty, very tasty, is good in summer too!