Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Hiroki sake

Arigatou Yoda san! Thank you for this precious present. This is Hiroki sake, a famous brewery from AizuBange, Fukushima prefecture, quite difficult to obtain, due to their policy of sell few bottle to customer and to distribute to selected shops or restaurants. Photo taken at home in natural light from window, using the 105 mm. Micro lens fully opened.

Sakura mochi

This is a wagashi, to celebrate Spring: is a sweet for the Tea Ceremony, is sakuara mochi, sakura means cherry and mochi is a soft paste made with rice flour. Inside there is a kind of marmalade of azuki beans called anko, the leaf is a real cherry leaf marinated and slightly salty. Very nice combination of taste and visually great. Photo taken at home in natural light, using my 105 mm. Micro lens, fully opened.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Tenmei Sake

A very good sake from Fukushima region, Tenmei Sake, this is the 720 cc. bottle. Photo taken in Kitakata, with Micro 105 mm. lens with natural light from window, on a black laquered table.

Sunday, 29 March 2015


Uekiya is a nice sake shop in AizuWakamatsu, the owner is Shirai san, very knowledgeable, and is the 18th generation in the family business! Here Shirai san is showing a bottle of Hiroki sake, one of the most famous from this area. A normal size for sake bottle is 1,8 litre, like the one in the picture.
I shoot all the picture in ambient light, the portrait was shoot wit natural light coming from the door, it was a sunny afthernoon.


Ebiya is a great traditional restaurant in AizuWakamatsu, the specialty is eel, the traditional recipe is boiled, grilled and served on a bed of rice and a thich and a bit sweet sauce. The pwder is called sansho, a Japanese spice. We had two different sake, to accompany the starter of omelette with eel, was a smoot and little sweet sake Hiroki and afther a dry sake Miyaizumi, bot from the AizuWakamatsu area, renown for sake quality. Two shoots of the exterior of the restaurant, with the detail of the Ebiya wooden logo.

Rinkaku chashitsu

Rinkaku chashitsu, the house for the tea ceremony at Tsuruga-jo in AizuWkamatsu. After Toyotomi Ideyoshi orderet to Sen no Rikyu (the great master of the tea ceremony) to commit suicide, the lord of AizuWakamatsu, Ujisato Gamo, provided sanctuary for his sons and builded this chashitsu.

Torii at Tsuruga-jo

A girl walking by a torii at Tsuruga-jo in AizuWakamatsu.


The Tsuruga-jo, the AizuWakamatsu castle, it was completely renovated two years ago, and now very famous in Japan due to a NHK (national television) tv drama set in ninteen century, when samurai had to adapt to changing times and the advent of guns, the story is about a woman soldier, played by a very pretty actress.
The phot was tagen on the end of March, here the cherry blossom will come in ten days, I can just imagine the great show of all the blossoming tree around the castle, in the pictures the nude trees.
For this pictures I used a Polarizing filter to have dark blue sky and did very little post production.

Train to AizuWakamatsu

Regional train from Kitakata to Wakamatsu, Spring is coming but temperature were still low, finally today is sunny and temperature goes up to almost 20° celsius.

Friday, 27 March 2015


Chawan are the precious handmade cups for the Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu. Photographed at home in Kitakata on the tatami in natural light coming from a window, using the 105mm. Micro lens at full open stop f 3 and using a tripod.

Spring wagashi

Wagashi are little sweets for the tea ceremony. I took the photos with natural light, today is a bright sunny day, using the 105mm. Micro, fully opened and used the tripod.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Suwa Jinja

Suwa Jinja is the main temple in Kitakata, evry time I come back, I come here to say a prayer.

Kitakata ramen

Is still chilly in Kitakata and a hot ramen is very welcome, I like Matsu ramen bar, is not the most famous but is really good. The stowe is still on and a kettle on it welcome the customers.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Hina matsuri

Today 3rd of March, in Japan (and all over the world for Japanese people) is Hina matsuri, is also known as momo no sekku (peach festival). Is the girl's festival, a celebration of young girls to wish them happiness and health. It is custom to display hina ningyo (hina dolls) on a tiered stand, representing the Emperor and the Empress and other dolls on lower steps, to represent the court.
This dolls come from Aizu area in Fukushima prefecture, are made of paulownia wood, famous high quality in this region. 
Photo taken with 105mm. lens fully opened at f 3, natural light from a window and white reflector.
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