Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Lantern in Kunitachi

In Kunitachi, near Tokyo I visited a nice jinja, a temple with a nice garden with many cherry trees, but I was there in December and there was no blossoming, but was a sunny and lukewarm day, perfect for walking, biking and take pictures.


The 2013 will be the International Year of Water Cooperation as promoted by the United Nations, this is my work and concept for a comercial advertising for an Italian industry of flexible water pipes. This client is very courageous and intelligent to use images not illustarting their products. This are three images from the calendar with theme Japan: children and adults olding a chawan (cup), we shoot also America, Africa and Europe themed photos. I shoot in my studio with strobes at very low light to achieve shallow focus, using Nikon D3x and 85mm f 1,4. The shoji in the back ground is made using frost film instead of rice paper because more resistant to use as studio prop. Thank you to the nice Japanese family that helped a lot for this shooting.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Snow on my terrace

On the 7th of December snow was falling in Saronno, not much, but is nice to see in the morning, the plant slightly covered with snow and the water for thr birds completely frozen. I boiled some water later and filled the plate for them to drink and bath.


喜多方ラーメン Kitakata ramen and gyoza, a wonderful menu, speciality of Kitakata city, gyoza are more a home cooking dish, are made of weat pasta filled with minced pork meat and onion and herbs. Photo shoot with 85mm. Nikon in natural light from the window of the restaurant and some artificial light (can see the reflection on top of the plate) reason why light is  warmer in the shadows, but is not too bad, I think.

Friday, 7 December 2012


喜多方ラメン Kitakata is the Japanese town famouse for the great ramen, Japanese noodle soup, in this little town of 50.000 people there are more than 100 ramen bars! Turists come to town in all season to taste this great speciality. In the photo is a chashyu ramen, noodle soup covered of slices of prok meat, my favourite. My favourite restaurant in Kitakata is 松 Matsu, means pine tree, a little old restaurant and ramen there are just great! I took this photo with natural light coming from a wimdow with 85mm. lens 1,4.いただきます!Bon apetit!

A hat of snow

A nice and tall hat of snow on this wood lantern and those ishidōrō, stone lanterns in a small jinja in AizuWakamatsu, in the Fukushima prefecture.

Winter in Wakamatsu

Scene from Wakamatsu in Winter: a little jinja in the center of the town. An old little temple surrounded by modern buildings in a little park with ancients stone lanterns and gravestones. A chōzuya, a stone basin for wash the hands and rinse the mouth entering the temple area to purify themself, covered of ice. In the other photo the shimenawa, a festive decotration for the new year, to put over a door in temple and houses, to keep away evil spirits. All photos are taken  with the Nikon 85mm lens, because I love this lens and also because when is so cold is dangerous and bit difficult to change lens outside. The camera was a Kodak, full frame sensor.

Small jinja

This is the main building of a small jinja, temple in  the center of AizuWakamatsu, a very quiet and peacefull little garden, just off the main road of the town. Nikon 85mm. lens at 1,4f .

Little red torii in the snow

Is December and in Kitakata started to snow. In the picture here is AizuWakamatsu in the Fukushima prefecture, a nearby town. The picture was taken in January 2006 in a small temple in the center of the town. The red torii and the small wooden shrine buiding are part of a temple and garden, sit between many tall modern buildings, as the one on the background, that isolate it from the noise of the town traffic and make a nice oasis of tranquillity. Nikon 85mm. lens 1.4f on a cloudy and cold day.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Kimono and obi

This is an old picture of my wife I took in 喜多方、 Kitakata in January 2005, my first Winter trip to Japan. I asked okasan (mother) to dress up my wife with kimono, and so was the firsdt time I saw her wearing kimono. For me is always surprising and fashinating the Japanese color-matching, in this case the light blue obi on a deep brown silk kimono was unespected, the final effect is great, very elegant and sensual. The touch of the deep red of the obijime add elegance to the kimono. Photo shoot in the house using only the natural light coming from the window, it was a sunny  day, the back ground is a traditional Japanese gold screen used for tea ceremony and official ceremony. I used the 105mm. macro lens for the portrait and the 180mm all Nikkor lenses, for the close up of the obi.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Zero!

The Zero is the famous Japanese airplane of the II World War, at the beginning of the conflict it was the best and fastest fighter plane. Here a perfectly restored Zero in the Yasukuni museum in Tokyo. I read a great book written by a fighter pilot of Japanese air force who survived the war, titled Samurai! (Italian edition) by Saburo Sakai. Really interesting and dramatic true story of his experience during the war and the post war American occupation. The Yasukuni temple in Tokyo is dedicate to all victims of the wars and for this reason haveattached, in his park a museum like this. Unfortunately is criticized by many people because, they claim, celebrate the military who brought Japan into the war and led the nation to catastropy.

White cyclamen

A Winter photo of a white cyclamen, shoot in Kitakata with 105mm. macro lens with natural light. When I'm staing in Japan and outside is too cold or snowing, I stay home and shoot some still life of flower or objects.
I like to photography flowers, focusing on color and shape, not being descriptive, but concentrate on the mood of the monent and sensations.