2018 | Maiko Ichisumi

After our visit to Fushimi Inari, we met maiko Ichisumi for an afternoon tea ceremony and traditional dance presentation. I know very little about maikos and geishas, and so I was looking forward to this experience. Maiko-san moved so gracefully, that she made tea preparation look like a dance.

At the end of the presentation, we were given a few minutes to ask maiko-san some questions. Most of the questions were about her routine and preparation (hair, make-up, kimono). We were surprised to find out that she was only 16 years old, and that it took her over a year of training before she debuted as a maiko. The last question we asked her was, “what made her decide to become a geisha?”. She said being a maiko and a geisha will allow her to experience many things that most people will never get to experience.

We’ve had a long day of sightseeing and this was our last stop before heading back to the hotel. The tea ceremony was an amazing and memorable way to end our first day in Kyoto.

All photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Streetcandy ATM 400

Waiting for the tea ceremony to begin

Waiting for the tea ceremony to begin

Setting-up for the tea ceremony

Maiko Ichisumi

Maiko Ichisumi
Maiko Ichisumi
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2018 | Fushimi-Inari Taisha, Kyoto

It was midday when we arrived at the parking lot near Fushimi Inari Taisha. We passed by several food stalls and souvenir shops on our way to the shrine. It was crowded and the hike took longer than we expected. We only had an hour to spare, and so we made sure to see and walk through the tunnel of torii gates before visiting some of the shrines.

Photos shot with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Street Candy ATM 400

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Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha

2018 | Todaiji Temple, Nara

It was raining heavily when we left our hotel in Osaka to kick off our Japan trip. The first destination of the day was Todaiji, a Buddhist temple complex that houses the world’s largest statue of Buddha Vairocana. We arrived at the temple just after 9AM, and even with the downpour there were still hundreds of people who came to visit. I only managed to shoot a few frames, as I found it difficult to hold the umbrella while trying to focus the lens.

Photos taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/2 on Street Candy ATM 400

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A rainy morning in Osaka
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Osaka hotel lobby
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Todaiji, Nara
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Todaiji, Nara
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Todaiji Temple

A Look Back | Hualapai Ranch

These photos were shot almost seven years ago during a trip to Grand Canyon West. Our cabin was located farthest from the dining hall, so we had to take a short walk before and after meals. On the way back to the cabin, we took a longer route and wandered around the ranch.

Photos were shot with a Lomo LCA on MW Gekko.

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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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 Cairn at Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Dining Hall at Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West
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Hualapai Ranch, Grand Canyon West

2017 | Salt Lake

A hazy morning in Salt Lake.

All photos taken with Leica M6 with Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired) and Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M with Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color Film 400 (expired)

2017 | Yellowstone in Black and White

We were in Yellowstone for over two days and made stops to some of its popular attractions. I did not keep up with taking notes during the trip, so I don’t recall the names of the places we’ve visited.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos:

2017 | Don King Western Museum

I can’t remember if we stopped by Sheridan, Wyoming on the way to or back from Yellowstone. I did not take any notes on this trip and so the days are all jumbled up in my head. While in Sheridan, we went to visit Don King Western Museum. It also serves as a saddlery so we got a glimpse of the saddle maker’s shop and tools. According to the museum attendant, it takes about a month or sometimes even longer to make a saddle. It all depends on the saddle makers’ level of experience and the intricacy of the saddle’s design.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired)

Here’s a few of my favorite photos: