September 19, 2018

Red Spider Liles

Hirano-jinja Shrine, Kita-ku, Kyōto
SONY Xperia Z3
平野神社(京都市北区平野宮本町)

Because the flower starts to bloom at about the time of the autumnal equinox, the red spider lily is also known by the name Higanbana (彼岸花). In Japanese, Manjushage (曼珠沙華) for red spider lily means "flower of the heavens", and according to one of the Buddhist scriptures, red flowers will fall from the heavens as a signal of an upcoming celebratory occasion. That is the apparent origin of the name.

September 14, 2018

Raindrops On Leaf

Hirano Miyanishi-chō, Kita-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
葉の雨滴(京都市北区平野宮西町)

September 10, 2018

Salt-grilled Pacific Saury

Stand Bar Bond, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
ボンド(京都市上京区千本通出水上る)

Sanma or Pacific Saury is one of the most well-known seasonal fish representing autumn in Japanese cuisine. It’s usually salted and grilled whole even with intestines intact, and served with grated daikon (大根) and soy sauce to intensify the flavor of the fish. The Japanese enjoy the combination of the bitter intestine flavor with fresh grated daikon soy sauce. The kanji characters used in the Japanese names of the Sanma (秋刀魚) mean "autumn sword fish" in reference to sanma season and its body shape resembling a knife or a sword.

September 06, 2018

Mirrorless Camera War

CANON EOS R vs NIKON Z7

Canon has officially unveiled the new EOS R, the company’s first full-frame mirrorless competitor. The announcement comes just two weeks after Nikon revealed its first full-frame mirrorless system, the Z Series. The Canon EOS R features Canon’s brand new RF lens mount, which Canon says is “revolutionary.”The RF mount features a 54mm inner diameter, the same as Canon’s EF mount, but it has a shorter flange focal distance of 20mm that allows lenses to be simpler and optically superior. The RF mount uses 12 electrical contacts for the fastest-ever communication between the camera bodies and lenses. (Read more...)

September 05, 2018

Fallen Tree by Typhoon

Hirano-jinja Shrine, Kita-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100
平野神社(京都市北区平野宮本町)