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 | 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, Nara
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Todaiji Temple

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 | Hill Aerospace Museum

We spent about 20 minutes looking at the aircraft display outside Hill Aerospace Museum. We were pressed for time and needed to get back on the road again. I could only manage to shot a few frames.

Color photos were taken with Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color film ISO 400 (expired). Black and white photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired).

2017 | Jackson Hole, Wyoming

We stopped by Jackson Hole, Wyoming on our way to Salt Lake City. We saw Grand Teton as we made our way into the city center. We had a quick lunch and checked out some of  the shops nearby the restaurant. After an hour and a half, we’re back on the road again.

Color photos were taken with Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M and Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color film ISO 400 (expired) and Kodak Portra 400Black and white photos were taken with Leica M6 and Summicron 50/F2 on Kodak BW400CN (expired).

 

2017 | Yellowstone in Color

I prefer to shoot B&W, but Yellowstone’s landscape offers a beautiful color palette of blue skies, warm yellow grass, green trees, and turquoise colored spring water. It deserved to be shot in color.

All photos taken with Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R4M with Color Skopar 21/F4 on Rite Aid Color Film ISO 400 (expired) and Kodak Portra 400

Here’s a few of my favorites:

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: