Monday, January 07, 2008

Japan: Day seven

"Many people cross the street in front of Shinagawa station in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, Jan.7, 2008."

My last full day in Japan is over. All that is left of my trip is a the long haul back the the United States.

I am keeping this post very short and to the point, as it's past 11 p.m. and I have to be up very early to start my 16 hour or more pilgrimage back home. But I will have a full recap on my day and entire trip. Also, hopefully dozens more photos to share.

Started Monday shooting some images in the hotel lobby since I've been eying up them since my first day. After an hour of strolling around, I finally made it atop the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. No line. Great view.

After grabbing breakfast in the bottom of Shinjuku Station, I took the next train to Shinagawa, since I didn't get to see much of it Sunday.

Later, I then traveled back to Shinjuku to gaze the streets that surround my hotel before meeting my last guide.

My last guide showed me some used camera shops, many which housed just about every lens and camera ever created by the big names in photography such as Nikon, Canon and Leica.

We then went to his friend's sweet shop, other wise known as a dessert restaurant. I got the royal treatment, not only getting to taste many different traditional Japanese desserts, but also getting to help create some of the masterpieces. Of all the dishes I devoured, none included sugar. Only the finest, purest ingredients natural to Japan, such as rice.

I also bumped into some of my other earlier guides, as they are all friends and apart of a photography group. They meet there often to share tips and photos. Since many of them shoot film, it made me realize how much I miss having a nice print in my hands. It also made me want a stereo camera, as many of them are stereo camera fanatics.

Finished my night filling my stomach with my last Japanese meal dinner. I am getting sushi one last time in the morning before my flight.

Well, as I said in the beginning of this post, it's late, I am exhausted, I need to pack and I need to be up early.

Look back for a bunch of images and full recap of Monday and my entire trip.

If my posting is slow, be sure to check out more images here.


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