2017 | Obon Festival

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. 

 

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2017 | Little Tokyo 02

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.

Here's a few of my favorites:

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2017 | Little Tokyo 01

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

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2017 | Saturday Morning Walk 01

These photos were taken during an after-work walk while looking for a place that serves breakfast.

All photos taken with a Fuji GS645S on Arista EDU Ultra 100

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2017 | Blenheim Palace

We ended Easter Sunday with a visit to Blenheim Palace, the principal residence of the Duke of Marlborough. It is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Most of our time was spent touring the State Rooms with its price collections, the library, the Churchill exhibit, and the chapel. Our walk in the gardens was cut short when it started to rain. 

All photos taken with Leica M6/CV Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired film)

Here are a few of my favorite photos from our visit.

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2017 | Hampton Court Palace 

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)

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Wimbledon bound
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Crossing the River Thames
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Clock Tower
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Henry VIII’s kitchen

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Henry VIII’s cellar

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Henry VIII’s kitchen

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Chapel Court

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Chapel Court
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A last look at Hampton Court

2017 | Bampton and Highclere Castle 

Bampton-in-the-Bush and Highclere Castle were both featured on the TV series Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show, I made sure to visit these locations while in the United Kingdom. We stayed for about an hour in Bampton, and just walked around the village looking for some of the locations used in the TV series. I spent most of my time taking photos of St. Mary the Virgin church and its graveyard.

Highclere Castle was used as the main setting for the TV drama, Downton Abbey. I was obsessed with the show. On the weekends that I worked, I remember rushing home on Monday mornings so I can watch the latest episode. It was also one of the few shows that both my parents and I liked. Photography is not allowed inside the castle, since it is still where the Earl of Carnarvon and his family lives. The castle tour took less than an hour, and we spent the rest of our visit roaming the castle grounds and gardens.

All photos taken with a Leica M6 with a Cosina Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35/2.5 on Arista Premium 400 (expired)

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Walking up to St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Church graveyard
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Church graveyard
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St. Mary the Virgin Church interior
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St. Mary the Virgin Church
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Highclere Castle
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Front door
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Castle Tower
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A last look of the castle