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Spring is finally here

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Finally.

Spring has arrived in Japan.

According to the news, this has been the coldest spring in Japan since 1961.  Think about that!  It has not been this cold in the springtime since the date looked the same regardless if it was right side up, or up-side down.    Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again anytime soon.

I took advantage of the perfect weather today and spent a long, leisurely morning in Kamakura.  I did take into account that Saturday was the kick-off to Golden Week here in Japan, so I made a point to visit some of my favorite out-of-the-way spots in Kamakura.  Most notably, Myohonji, Ankokuronji, and Hongakuji.  To find them you basically just head South East from Kamakura station.  And even during crowded times like Golden Week you will usually find these places quite peaceful and relatively empty.

I arrived very early, so my only companions at Myhonji were the (very friendly) resident cats, the wind, and the soft rustle of new spring leaves.

I could blather on about how relaxing and energizing it was, but I think I will let the images speak for themselves.

Todays set of photo gear consisted of the following:
Mamiya AFD
Kodak DCS Pro Back 645M
45/2.8
80/2.8
200/2.8
No. 3 extension tube

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  1. May 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Wonderful set of Kamakura! Makes me long to be there, If not just for the food! ^_^

  2. Sharon
    May 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing the arrival of spring.

  3. May 4, 2010 at 5:30 am

    That’s amazing Jeff! That kodak back keeps surprising me! I gotta have one!
    I guess Ken Rockwell is right when saying that the amount of MPs does not always guarantee quality.
    I can relate to what you’re saying about energising. I been taking walks in the hills outside my door lately, and regularly run into dear, rabbits, foxes, etc. There’s even a pair of birds of prey nesting in a stone grove near here (and yes, they are a couple, for some years now in fact).

    Soon I’m off to Shanghai, long term secondment, may become permanent. That’ll get me closer to Japan, which means easier for me to visit…

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