I have been busy, hence inattentive to this blog. I feel bad about it, but all I can do is promise to do better. On a more productive note, I have been out and about, mostly in Tokyo, shooting a lot, and thinking about the medium. We started off the new year, 12 January to be exact, by making our annual pilgrimage to Ome for the Daruma Matsuri, where we burned the old Daruma (and hence our previous year's wishes) and bought a new one on which to make this year's wishes. It is always one of my favorite festivals since it is so close to our house and keeps us involved in local traditions.
Selecting the right Daruma can be a chore, but there are so many to choose from, and photograph, that it is always worth braving the cold.
Ome is a pretty cool little town to photograph and there are many surprises awaiting the intrepid photographer.
And no festival would be complete without eats, so we chowed down on some roasted pig...
and it was gooooood!