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Japan flashback

nikko edo wonderland oiran parade


A little over seven years ago, this happened.


edo wonderland ninja 江戸ワンダーランド or 日光江戸村


You don’t see ninjas everyday in Japan, unless you are at Nikko Edo Wonderland.

Oiran (花魁)

花魁 oiran senbei

My co-star from earlier in the day sauntering through the streets of Nikko Edo Wonderland…

The shop behind her is selling senbei (せんべい).

Photoshop depth-of-field effect in Edo Wonderland

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Edo Period Japanese female

Depth of field is a wonderful photo effect when you can control it. Unfortunately, without the right camera, lens, and conditions it isn’t always possible to blur the background or at least not as much as you’d like.

When the photo below came up as my random background I thought, “what a great subject ruined by the tourists in the background.” So I did about five minutes of research, spent another two minutes in Photoshop, and came away with my very first Photoshop tweak, above, using a depth of field effect. Although it’s not perfectly executed (another 10 minutes and I could have come away with something much better), I’m happy with how quickly I was able to blur the “tourist problem” in this photo.

before and after photos depth of field photoshop blur technique

Before Photoshop depth-of-field application

A couple of samurai

Another time-machine photo, courtesy of Nikko Edo Wonderland… These guys were in a comical play of sorts. They were using an old Edo dialectic, which I’m sure was very funny for the Japanese in attendance. However, it made it very difficult for me to understand much.

Edo period female sneaks into my photo

The best part of this photo is not that my son and I were able to time travel back to get an authentic photo in the Edo (Tokugawa) Period of Japan’s history. No, it’s the fact that if you look really closely you’ll see how friendly the ladies were back before the Meiji Restoration.

Actually, I think it was the female in the orange and white outfit’s friend who was taking our picture. This was taken at Edo Wonderland in Nikko, Japan on one of the funnest days I’ve ever experienced. The peace-sign flashing photo sneaker was a pleasant surprise when I downloaded the pictures off my SD card later.