A Trip to Japan April 1984 - John Sage :: FinchHaven Digital Photography

Notes:

Went to Japan on the trip of a lifetime with no camera. No, really. First full day in Tokyo we went to Akihabara and -- after quite a bit of shopping -- bought a camera (Pentax ME Super) and two lenses (Sigma 28-85mm f3.5 zoom, and a Sigma 70-210mm f4.5 zoom) all of which I still have. And off we went...

These are all Ektachrome slides, processed after we returned to the US. Each slide was numbered, dated and identified as to the subject which somehow I managed to remember pretty accurately. When writing the captions for these archive photos I did a Google search for the place name identifiers; any part of the caption within parentheses is Google's current commonly accepted name for the subject/location as I recorded it in 1984.

The slides were scanned using an Epson Perfection 800 photo scanner pretty much manually: I cropped around each slide in the 12-slide holder individually, and save them all as tiffs at 4800 ppi. Postprocessing was done in Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud 2015, mostly for minimal croppping and to extend the overall dynamic range and pull down the black levels a bit. Also did a little bit of color correction. The final images were uploaded directly out of Lightroom using the Lightroom/SmugMug "Publish Services" plugin.

They came out OK, for the most part...

The basic itinerary: We flew into Tokyo with two night's hotel reservations coming in and airline reservations from Tokyo up to Kushiro, Hokkaido, and then did all the rest of the traveling on two four-week rail passes for long distances, and local trains or busses as available. Stayed mostly in business hotels that we'd walk to out of the train station, and eat in local ramen-ya and udon-ya. And we had hotel reservations back in Tokyo at the end for two nights before the fight home to Seattle. Basically we had a pretty good idea of what we wanted to see, depending on how far we got and how fast the time went.

So basically: fly in to Narita airport, bus to Tokyo, fly to Kushiro, rent a car (!) and drive north to Akan, drive back to Kushiro, train to Sapporo, train to Hakkodate, ferry to Aomori, train to Utsunonmiya, Nikko, Mashiko, train from Utsunomya to Nagoya, train to Kyoto, train to Bizen, train to Okayama, ferry to Takamatsu, ferry back to Okayama, train to Kyoto, train to Tokyo, bus to Narita, and home...

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