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Houses and Gardens of Kyoto

@aniklasson @TuttleBooks

Houses and Gardens of Kyoto is a coffee table book with more than just gorgeous photos. The descriptions, history, and details provided next to the photos are excellent as well. While there is little to complain about, I do like to point out areas for improvement in even the finest books I review.

First, I would have enjoyed larger photos, even if that meant reducing the total number of photos. The full page photographs are lovely, but many of the postcard or (even worse) stamp-sized photos are simply too little to be much appreciated.

Second, I liked how the photographer (Akihiko “Alan” Seki) edited the images, straightening the distortions that photography creates when architecture is captured. He didn’t overdo things. The photos look natural and not HDRed (perhaps because this was published before the HDR era). However, (and most people who aren’t photographers won’t even notice this but) there are some blown highlights that didn’t have to happen and the occasional indoor flash usage is not nearly as nice looking as the naturally lit interiors.

This is a great book, especially if you have been to Kyoto or are going at some point.

Finally, if there are any authors out there who need a photographer to do a similar book (especially in Japan!) hit me up.

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Timeless pictures

#二条城 #kyoto #japan

東京谷中ねこあくしょん

Cat Action

Toshogu on a snowy morning

Color vs. "B&W" in a natural photo

懐かしい

1970s Japanese home in Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum

Today’s photo comes from the Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum inside the Fukuoka Dome. This display is of a Japanese home in the late 1970s. It reminds me of many homes I visited in Japan in the 1980s.

Promise hill

約束の丘

Today’s photo comes from near the top of the Shosenkyo Ropeway (昇仙峡ロープウェイ) in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

I believe the bell is meant for lovers. I think they are supposed to strike the bell together, write themselves a note, stick the note in the nearby mailbox, and then a year later the note arrives in their home mailbox.

I had no lover with me on this day so I walked across the way for some shaved ice instead.

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