Entering the Green Zone
A big “Hi” to anyone visiting for the first time today because they received one of my photo prints outside of the Kyoto Tower today. Today was the first day which I handed out a new edition of my print featuring the photo from yesterday’s post to this BLOG. Please check back regularly for more photos and site seeing information.
With the Arashiyama Hanatouro starting this Saturday evening (December 14th) at 5pm. I’m continuing to feature some of my favourite shots from past Arashiyama Hanatouros in this BLOG. For more details on this event scroll down the page to the entry prior to this one.
One of the features of the Arashiyama Hanatouro is the lit up bamboo forest near Tenryu-ji (a famous Zen Buddhist Temple in Arashiyama). Different parts of it are lit up in different colours, and there a couple of sections that are truly amazing. The first section which takes the breath away of the crowds of site seers, is what I call “green zone”. This section is near Nonomiya-jinja (a small, but very famous Shinto Shrine because it’s featured in “The Tale of Genji”).
Today’s photo was taken way back in 2009 on my very first visit to an Arashiyama Hanatouro. Even though I was actually here (living in Kyoto) for the 2008 Arashiyama Hanatouro time, I didn’t know about it. I even went to Arashiyama during the daytime of that Hanatouro time and didn’t find out!!! It also seems that many foreigners living in the Kansai area don’t know about this event. I only found out about the Arashiyama Hanatouro through a conversation with a shop assistant in Kyoto just before the 2009 event. Hopefully my various websites and tweets are helping spread the word.
This photo was taken with a Nikon F80 camera and an AF Nikkor 35f/2D lens on Fujicolor PRO400 film (my favourite nighttime film). Unfortunately I didn’t record the f-stop and shutter speed in my notebook (now-a-days I record this in my notebook when shooting film). The camera was mounted on a tripod. This photo is how I got it back on the disk when I put the film in for processing and scanning. Since the original film is a negative it’s impossible for me to know what kind of tweaks the person scanning the negative has done.