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Japan Trip, April 1984

 ·  Set one: Tokyo to Hokkaido, Japan Trip, April 1984 · 

 ·  Set two: Aomori, Utsunomiya, Nikko, Mashiko, Japan Trip, April 1984 · 

 ·  Set three: Mashiko, Nagoya, Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set four: Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set five: Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto to Bizen, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set six: Bizen, Okayama, Takamatsu, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set seven: Takamatsu, Kyoto, Tokyo, Vashon Island, Japan Trip April 1984 · 


Notes:

Went to Japan on the trip of a lifetime with no camera. No, really. First full day in Tokyo we went to Akihabara and -- after quite a bit of shopping -- bought a camera (Pentax ME Super) and two lenses (Sigma 28-85mm f3.5 zoom, and a Sigma 70-210mm f4.5 zoom) all of which I still have. And off we went...

These are all Ektachrome slides, processed after we returned to the US. Each slide was numbered, dated and identified as to the subject which somehow I managed to remember pretty accurately. When writing the captions for these archive photos I did a Google search for the place name identifiers; any part of the caption within parentheses is Google's current commonly accepted name for the subject/location as I recorded it in 1984.

The slides were scanned using an Epson Perfection 800 photo scanner pretty much manually: I cropped around each slide in the 12-slide holder individually, and save them all as tiffs at 4800 ppi. Postprocessing was done in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud 2015, mostly for minimal croppping and to extend the overall dynamic range and pull down the black levels a bit. Also did a little bit of color correction. The final images were exported out of Lightroom as 800 pixel longest edge jpegs at 144 ppi.

They came out OK, for the most part...

The basic itinerary:

We flew into Tokyo with two night's hotel reservations coming in and airline reservations from Tokyo up to Kushiro, Hokkaido, and then did all the rest of the traveling on two four-week rail passes for long distances, and local trains or busses as available. Stayed mostly in business hotels that we'd walk to out of the train station, and eat in local ramen-ya and udon-ya. And we had hotel reservations back in Tokyo at the end for two nights before the fight home to Seattle. Basically we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to see, depending on how far we got and how fast the time went.

So basically: fly in to Narita airport, bus to Tokyo, fly to Kushiro, rent a car (!) and drive north to Akan, drive back to Kushiro, train to Sapporo, train to Hakkodate, ferry to Aomori, train to Utsunonmiya, Nikko, Mashiko, train from Utsunomya to Nagoya, train to Kyoto, train to Bizen, train to Okayama, ferry to Takamatsu, train to Kyoto, train to Tokyo, and home...

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Set one: Tokyo to Hokkaido, Japan Trip, April 1984

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Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

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Tsuru Koen (Kushiro Shitsugen National Park), Hokkaido, Japan

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Tsuru Koen (Kushiro Shitsugen National Park), Hokkaido, Japan

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Akan (Akan National Park), Hokkaido, Japan

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Train, Sapporo to Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

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Under way, Hakodate - Aomori Ferry, Japan

Set one: Tokyo to Hokkaido, Japan Trip, April 1984

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Set two: Aomori, Utsunomiya, Nikko, Mashiko, Japan Trip, April 1984

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Looking south to Honshu, Hakodate - Aomori Ferry, Japan

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Hotel Sun Route, Aomori, Honshu, Japan

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Kobayashi Antiques, Nikko, Honshu, Japan

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Nikko Shrines, Nikko, Honshu, Japan

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Pottery kiln number 2, Mashiko, Honshu, Japan

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Pottery shop number 2, Mashiko, Honshu, Japan

Set two: Aomori, Utsunomiya, Nikko, Mashiko, Japan Trip, April 1984

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Set three: Mashiko, Nagoya, Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984

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Clay works, Mashiko, Honshu, Japan

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Mashiko Pottery Museum (Mashiko Sankokan), Mashiko, Honshu, Japan

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Shinkansen, Nagoya Station, Nagoya, Honshu, Japan

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Noritake Showroom, Nagoya, Honshu, Japan

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Toji Temple Sale, Toji Temple, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Toji Temple, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

Set three: Mashiko, Nagoya, Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984

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Set four: Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984

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Three Sisters Ryokan, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Kimono - worn once, Kyoto Handicraft Center, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Heian Shrine gardens, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Kiyomizu yaki, Craft Walk, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Kawaii Kanjiro House, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

Set four: Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984

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Set five: Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto to Bizen, Japan Trip April 1984

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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Bizen Pottery Museum (Bizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Art Museum), Bizen, Honshu, Japan

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Bizen Pottery Museum (Bizen Pottery Traditional and Contemporary Art Museum), Bizen, Honshu, Japan

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Bizen pottery shop number 1, Bizen, Honshu, Japan

Set five: Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto to Bizen, Japan Trip April 1984

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Set six: Bizen, Okayama, Takamatsu, Japan Trip April 1984

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Pottery kiln number 1, Bizen, Honshu, Japan

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Abandoned climbing kiln, Pottery kiln number 1, Bizen, Honshu, Japan

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Shinkansen passing Okayama at night, Okayama, Honshu, Japan

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Shikoku ferry, Tamano, Honshu to Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

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Ritsurin Gardens (Ritsurin Koen), Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

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Ritsurin Art Gallery (Ritsurin Koen), Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

Set six: Bizen, Okayama, Takamatsu, Japan Trip April 1984

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Set seven: Takamatsu, Kyoto, Tokyo, Vashon Island, Japan Trip April 1984

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Takamatsu Castle (Tamamo Castle), Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

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Taxicab, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan

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Mount Fuji from the Shinkansen, Kyoto to Tokyo, Honshu, Japan

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Yamamoto Baiitsu painted screen, 18th century Japan, Idemitsu Museum (Idemitsu Museum of Arts), Tokyo, Honshu, Japan

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Matsuya Ginza department store, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

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Glen Acres, Vashon Island, Washington

Set seven: Takamatsu, Kyoto, Tokyo, Vashon Island, Japan Trip April 1984


Return to FinchHaven Photography Archives: the Nineteen-Eighties

Return to FinchHaven Photography Archives

Japan Trip, April 1984

 ·  Set one: Tokyo to Hokkaido, Japan Trip, April 1984 · 

 ·  Set two: Aomori, Utsunomiya, Nikko, Mashiko, Japan Trip, April 1984 · 

 ·  Set three: Mashiko, Nagoya, Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set four: Kyoto, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set five: Ryoanji Temple, Kyoto to Bizen, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set six: Bizen, Okayama, Takamatsu, Japan Trip April 1984 · 

 ·  Set seven: Takamatsu, Kyoto, Tokyo, Vashon Island, Japan Trip April 1984 · 



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