Tokae Lantern Festival in Nara Japan. Travelers walking up a walkway among lanterns.

A stroll down memory lane-ways in Japan

A narrow alley in Ube-Shinkawa, Yamaguchi prefecture Japan.
Alleyway in Ube-Shinkawa, Japan
Himeji castle on top of a hill.
Path up to Himeji-jo (jo means castle)
Vendor along a busy street at night in Nara for the Tokae Lantern Festival.
Street scene at night in Nara, Japan.
Woman with and umbrella walking up a lantern lined walkway to a temple entrance in Nara, Japan.
Lantern lined walkway in Nara.

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.

For Alive and Trekking’s Which Way Challenge.

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.

3 thoughts on “A stroll down memory lane-ways in Japan”

  1. nice job editing and updating the older images – and I like the variety you chose to share as it shows the many sides to Japan – lights, the grand house, the alley with more humble abodes, street vendors, etc.
    thanks for a taste of Japan

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