Nothing special, yet well worth it
Today I woke up a little later than usual for a weekend. between 4 a.m. conference calls, and splitting my time between two jobs for the months I have begun to feel a bit “stretched”. Add to that some Cool japan shooting that went a bit later than I thought I would last night and it all equated to a later than usual morning for me.
Since the weather was good, I had initially planned to hop a train up to Tokyo and do some shooting, but since I had gotten a later start than I intended, I decided to restrict todays photo shooting to a walking tour of Yokosuka. I had no real destination in mind. The only really “plan” was for me to see some places that were new for me.
After living here for so long you would first think that this may be quite a challenge. But given the fact that this area is so hilly, once you get off the main roads that run through the valleys you find yourself in a veritable maze of foot paths and winding side streets. Parts of it look to be right out of an Escher illustration. The tops of the hills are especially nice as the sounds of traffic fade away and you get a bit of a breeze.
It was quite surprising to see just how many of the houses are only accessible by foot via narrow paths and winding stairways. It’s kind of like a lot of little isolated quiet islands of old houses surrounded by a sea of traffic and newer construction.
I didn’t go too far, just up the hill from Yokosuka-chuo station, then North over a hill or two and then down to Shioiri station with is the next stop up the KQ line. But what my photowalk lacked in length, it more than made up for it with beauty. Nothing too earth chattering, but peaceful nonetheless.
I’ll be sire to do a lot more of these local photo-walks. I think there are still a lot of layers left to the onion that is Yokosuka, and I intend to see more of them.
Todays gear consisted of a Mamiya ZD SLR with two lenses: 80mm f2.8, and 45mm f2.8.