Back streets of Kyoto

’round and round, up and down, through the streets of your town…’ – excuse the nostalgic soundtrack…

On my way back from visiting temples in Kyoto and the National Museum, google maps gave me a few options to walk into city where the LISN store was, so I chose the path that avoided main roads.
I love wandering narrow alleyways & back streets in Japan, as you get a little glimpse into the lives of locals, which is infinitely more interesting than the main street shop fronts…

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I was taking this photo of the digger as I liked the vivid colour, when suddenly this girl rode past on her bike wearing a jacket the exact same colour… Doh! missed it, but then she turned left and came back into shot for a moment..

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Wandered past a bike shop & love these little bikes… but saw an adult riding one a bit later & it made me think more of the circus than a sensible commuting option…

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As dusk fell, I wandered past little restaurants & bars – hidden away from tourists but no doubt well know to locals…

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All photos taken with Fuji x100s – that last one is why I love the little Fuji camera, easy to have with you & sharp even when shooting handheld in low light…

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closer crop of the same photo…

Relatedly back in Osaka the other day I visited the Fuji Gallery (one of the great things each of the companies in Japan who produce cameras do is run photo galleries, usually attached to a show room) and tried the Fuji x100T. I shouldn’t have, because now I want to upgrade! I didn’t play with it enough to appreciate the internal changes but the physical evolution was immediately obvious – key buttons had been moved to better positions and it felt so right when handheld… Will leave it for next visit to Japan…

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