These are from a trip to Japan in 2007. Our son was an exchange student in Ube-Shinkawa at the time. We visited a number of spots and by pure chance were in Nara during the Takae Lantern Festival.
Notes on photo processing
I’ve been going through old photos from trips to Japan in 2007. Since they were taken with a low resolution, not-so-great camera I had to mess about with them to get back details, and remove chromatic aberration and noise. For these pictures I used Raw Therapee, Topaz DeNoise and Topaz Studio 2. In the end I used the impression filter in Topaz Studio 2 to give them a painterly effect, so the lack of precision is part of the art.