タグ: 旅行

川越に行ってきた(その2)

さて、川越日帰り旅の続きです。

川越市立博物館を出た後、炎天下の中歩くこと約15分、蔵作りの町並み(一番街)にやってきました!

と、その前に、近くにある菓子屋横丁へ。ここには昔懐かしい駄菓子屋さんや、川越名物のサツマイモを使ったせんべいや饅頭を売っているお店がたくさんあります。

菓子屋横丁

(ちょっとWBを失敗して、青っぽくなっています・・・)

特にこの田中屋横町店さんは、雰囲気ばっちり。これぞ昔の駄菓子屋!って感じです。サザエさんのオープニングにも出てきたらしいです。

駄菓子屋横丁 - 田中屋横町店

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川越に行ってきた(その1)

9月1つ目の3連休の月曜日(17日)に、埼玉県の川越市へ日帰りで行ってきました。川越は「小江戸」とも呼ばれています。戦火を免れたこともあり、蔵作りの家々や、明治・大正時代の建物、日本の音風景100選に選ばれた鐘楼「時の鐘」、など、どこか懐かしさを感じる古い日本が残っているところです。僕の住んでいるところからは、JR、もしくは東武東上線で1時間もかかりません。日帰りにぴったり。あと、城好きな自分としては、川越城も見たく、東京に来たときから「いつか必ず行ってみよう!」と思っていた場所でもあります。

さて、JRでも東武東上線、どちらでもよかったのですが、東上線の方が安く、早く、本数も若干多かったです。志木乗換えで約40分、川越市駅で下車。川越には川越駅と川越市駅があるのですが、歩く予定だったので、距離的目的地へ近そうな川越市駅。駅をでると「なんか田舎やなぁ~」と言うのが第一印象。

喜田院ゾーン

最初の目的地は喜田院とその周辺。喜田院は、徳川家康との結びつきが強い、天海僧正が住職だった寺院です。

喜田院

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Tokyo trip, Hashi, and Pentax

I have been away for the weekend, since Thursday. Tokyo was the destination, with my career matter as the main mission. However, I knew I was going to have some free time, So I planned and did made visits to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography at Ebisu, and to the Pentax Forum at Shinjuku.

There are three galleries and a small cinema at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, which you got to pay separately to get in. I headed straight to the exhibition gallery at the top floor for the Yasuomi Hashimura Exhibition. I didn’t really know much about him or his work. Just that he works mainly on the commercial photos, at New York, and is more well know as “Hashi“. The photos were great, but for me, his talks were great too. It was just by chance that there was an event on that day. A gallery talk. Some talks on how he started photography, why he went to the US, how he feels about Japan, and on the current and the future of the photographers. We the moved around in the gallery, with him explaning and talking about the photos from the exhibition. I got the autographs too.

Hashi at Shabi

My visit to the Pentax forum was mainly to have a look and touch at their upcoming new digital SLR, K10D. It was gorgeous. I love the feeling of it in my hand. Good grips, and good balance of the weight, I thought.

I was back in Osaka on the same day, and went to the Touch and the Talk Live event at Osaka on the next day. An event where you can hear the interviews and talks on the development of K10D, and how to use it. There were dozens of K10D to fiddle around to, and model shooting and print out using the hot off the production K10D. So I will write about all the K10D stuff on the separate post. If you want to see some photos now, there is a report on dejikame watch.

I also have some other entries kept as draft, that needs to be finished, but I suppose I will put that on hold for a moment.