Ningyo-Yakima (Asakusa Specialty)

This man is making Ningyo-Yakima (a Japanese sweet) in traditional manner.  He pours a small amount of batter into the four molds, puts a small ball of sweet red bean paste (Anko) into each mold, then pours more batter over the Anko.  He then closes the lid and puts it onto the spit over the fire.  He then turns the other 4 molds over and takes the last one off the fire and empties the contents and starts the process over.

New Years Prayers on a Pole

This past Friday I flew up to Tokyo for what was supposed to be a side job.  Since I got into Narita so late, I stayed at a business hotel near the airport.  I woke up the next day to find out the job was cancelled.  With that news I decided to go ahead and go back to Okinawa that same day.  After making arrangments, I had a few hours and decided to go to the Narita-san ShinShoji Temple (about a 15 minute walk from the hotel).  It what surprisingly crowded but I was able to get a few shots without a bunch of people in the photo.  There are some that I took intentionally with people, but I'll get to those later.  This one is isolated to one spot.  

Asakusa Sensoji Temple New Years Eve

We're back in Okinawa.  A bit disappointed; it's always tough to leave Tokyo but we had a great time visiting friends and family and just hanging out together.  As I said in the previous post I didn't have any time to do any photography on my own so the vast majority is family oriented.  I did experiment a lot with off camera flash and learned a few things.  These photos are a two of the few I was able to get while running around following the family around.  We went to Asakusa Sensoji Temple New Years Eve and as you can imagine it was a bit crowded.  Despite the crowds, we were able to have dinner in the nearby market area.  After visiting the Temple, we went to the Tokyo Tower to see the city by night.

I did get a bit creative with the processing with Color Efex Pro. 

Sensoji Temple

Cleaning with Incense Smoke