A few weeks ago, the Nishihongwanji Temple had their annual Obon Festival. The farmer’s market had low-priced fresh fruits and vegetables. The food stalls offered delicious food and icy cold drinks perfect for a hot day. LA Taiko Ichiza also did an amazing performance. At the end of the day, everyone gathered at the temple’s back lot for the Bon Odori (a dance to honor one’s ancestors).
All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50/2 on Film Ferrania P30 Alpha. Film processed and scanned by The Darkroom lab.
After months of waiting, the Ferrania P30 Alpha that I ordered finally arrived. I shot my first roll during the Obon Festival at Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. On a hot Sunday afternoon, I headed out to Little Tokyo and made it a point to park my car a few blocks away from the venue. It gave me an opportunity to do a bit of photowalk on a section of Little Tokyo I usually don't venture to.
All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50 on Ferrania P30 Alpha. Film processed and scanned by The Darkroom.
A few weeks ago, we went for a walking tour of Little Tokyo and our guide was Dr. T. He talked about the area's rich history and some of changes that happened in the neighborhood over the years. We made several stops along the way, and were given access to one of the oldest existing Buddhist temple in North America, Koyasan Buddhist Temple.
Here's a bit of information about Little Tokyo: Before WWII, Little Tokyo was the largest Japanese community in the United States. In 1942, there were approximately 35,000 residents in the area. The relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII left Little Tokyo virtually empty. With labor shortage during WWII, many African-Americans from the Southeast and Midwest came to fill-in wartime jobs and moved into the vacated properties. From 1942 to 1945, Little Tokyo was known as Bronzeville, a vibrant neighborhood with restaurants, stores, and jazz clubs.
All photos taken with a Leica M6/Summicron 50 on JCH Streetpan 400
It was our last day in London, and our last sightseeing stop was Buckingham Palace. It was during our lunch break at St. Paul’s Cathedral, when made the decision to make a quick stop at Buckingham Palace. We rode the District Line to St. James Park and had an enjoyable walk from the station on the way to the palace. The rest of our afternoon was spent shopping for gifts and packing our luggage. All photos were taken with a Leica M6/CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 and Arista EDU Ultra 400. Both films are expired.
We spent most of Easter Sunday in the Cotswolds. Our first stop was Burford, where the buildings are mostly honey-colored and the roofs are steep. We walked around High Street and looked into some of the shops. We later stopped for a quick coffee break in one of the cafes before heading out to the next village. After a short drive, we arrived at Stow-on-the-Wold and spent our time walking and photographing around Market Square. The last village we visited was Bourton-on-the-Water, this was my favorite place out of the three. From the carpark, we walked through wall-lined paths before reaching the village. The river Windrush runs through the village center, and several arched stone bridges are found throughout the village.
All photos taken with Leica M6/CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired film)
It was a cold and cloudy day. But I thought it was the perfect weather for spending an entire day walking through state apartments, centuries-old corridors, and beautiful gardens. We managed to see most of the palace, but only had a chance to stroll around the the Great Fountain Garden, Chapel Court, and the Privy Garden. I would love to visit Hampton Court again, and just spend an entire day exploring the gardens.
All photos taken with a Leica M6/CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired film)