（日本語は今晩追加します）Today would be a good time to blog about anything other than organ music. A typhoon is bearing down on Tokyo (in May!!), so I sit at home in my music room, which is dominated by my practice organ. With recitals looming in the near future (see the previous post), I hear the siren scream of the organ day in an day out – “practice.. come play me… you’ll never be ready if you don’t practice 14 hours a day…” Today, for at least 30 minutes, we are going to ignore anything and everything about organs and organ music.
The other day I was over in Shinjuku to buy and sell camera lenses. After finishing my business at Map Camera (highly recommended, by the way, for those who like to sell old camera stuff for good prices), I wandered around seeing what there was to see. My find for the day was Narukoten Shrine （成子天神社）. It appears to have been completed (rebuilt?) and is beautifully arrayed in a manmade canyon of high rise buildings.
At the back of the shrine is a mini Mt Fuji, which, in earlier days, people who couldn’t make a pilgrimage to the mountain itself, climbed for similar spiritual benefit. The contrast between gleaming towers and the artificial mountain is really worth seeing. I climbed it, as did a family who appear in my photos of the monument.
I had other photo chances during the golden week holidays. One was a very pleasant all-day walking photo shoot with T. H. Kondo. We did two major Japanese gardens in the city – Koishikawa and Rikugien. Both are highly recommended for photographers.
Other brief outings with “the wife” produced interesting shots.
1. Here we found our dream house, or rather, dream living room. It is in Seien Bunko in Asukayama Park; a museum that was formerly the library of Eiichi Shibusawa.
This park also houses other museums, and what appears to be the world’s shortest monorail (it carries people from the park down to Oji Station).
2. Black and white photo ops. A quick jaunt over to the Otsuka Station area for coffee with “the wife” (she appears in photo four below) turned up some fine contrasty scenes to use my new 60mm lens on.
3. Finally, it wouldn’t be a spring blog post without mentioning cycling. Well, I’ve done far less than in normal years, but I did get out Monday for a 50 km ride on the Arakawa cycling path in Saitama Prefecture. I was rewarded with views of the newly-planted rice paddies.
I’d like to continue writing, but wail of the organ “come practice, come practice” has overwhelmed me. If you need me I’ll be sitting in front of the monster trying to concentrate. In closing, I leave you with a gratuitous cute cat photo (my 16-year-old Snow).
PS: more photos can be seen by clicking on the FLICKR ALBUM link above right.