30 December 2012

All the leaves are not brown

I took these photos at Suwa Jinja in Yanaka a few days ago.

Leaves waiting to be removed or burned at Suwa Jinja

Below, The Mamas & The Papas with California Dreaming: "All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey ..."

25 December 2012

The elephants are still following me

This one followed me in Sugamo.

24 December 2012

Vir oulaas

"Vir oulaas" is an Afrikaans expression that means "one last time". This year I published so many ginkgo photos that I hesitated to do yet another post, but aren't the trees at the University of Tokyo absolutely magnificent? I took these photos on 6 December, when the trees were at their most beautiful. Let's start with a video:

PS: I've finished my "Red" series. I still have 31 007 photos left, but I'll save them for another bleak winter's day in January, when we all need a bit of warmth.

20 December 2012

19 December 2012

Red 14

Tōgō Jinja, Harajuku

18 December 2012

17 December 2012

Red 12

Red 12 is yellow. Red is a metaphor! (There's a bit of very faint orangy red at the top of the photo ... )


16 December 2012

14 December 2012

13 December 2012

Red 9

Koishikawa Shokubutsuen

12 December 2012

Red 8

This one is for Lina and Sarah, too. You know why ...


11 December 2012

Lanterns and leaves

This one's for Lina and Sarah. Your wish is my command!


Kyū Shiba Rikyū Teien


Saijō-ji (OK, no leaves, but nice lantern)

Tōgō Jinja


10 December 2012

Red 7

All three photos were taken at Rikugien. There's so much detail in this first photo (and so many colours) that you need a fullscreen wallpaper version to see everything ...

9 December 2012

Red 6

Well, it was red before it turned brown ... The photos were taken at Saijō-ji.

8 December 2012

6 December 2012

5 December 2012

I didn't see it!

This post is for Minoru Saito. Look, Minoru-sensei, I went to Hanazono Jinja and I took photos of the Inari shrine, but I didn't even notice the decoration on the torii! Perhaps I'm not so naughty after all? Or perhaps I was simply distracted by the "Tori no Ichi" festival? It wasn't held on that specific day, but the shrine was surrounded by stalls and blue tarpaulin. 

If anybody else is wondering what's going on, a wooden phallus decorates one of the torii. Read more about it in the comments section of this post.

There it is! I never noticed it before!

Red 3


4 December 2012

3 December 2012

Red 1

Let's do an autumn photo a day till, oh, I dunno. Let's see.

Shinjuku Gyoen