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Going on rather-deserved vacation

I’ll be in Japan on a company holiday from this Thursday till next Monday. It is in some ways the promised land for most of my friends, however this opportunity has caught me at a bad time. I am too busy with work to even properly pack, let alone do enough research to ensure a meaningful and productive visit. So I am not counting on having a complete experience. My goals are to eat well, take a lot of pictures, and make the most of not having an agenda.

I will be staying in the Shinjuku district, and that may be as far as I get with the list of must-see neighborhoods. Maybe I will make it down to the place where the loligoth girls hang out over the weekend, but that’s it. The rest of my time, if I follow my more experienced and Tokyo-oriented colleagues, will likely be spent off the tourist path. But that’s ok. I’ve got to leave some things unseen for when the rest of the aforementioned find time for a pilgrimage.

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I unboxed my Horizon Kompakt this evening after about a half-year of sitting on my shelf, waiting for the small possibility of it selling itself to some passerby. It’s quite awesome, and demands the most complicated loading procedure I’ve ever seen a 35mm film camera involve. I’m going to go out tomorrow and shoot off a roll for the sheer heck of it. And then it’s off to Tokyo to capture what should be some incredible peoplescapes. Look out, salarymen! Beware, schoolgirls! Look busy, fishmongers!

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