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Danjiri-matsuri – most dangerouse fest’ in Japan

It seems this fest’ in Kishiwada-city, Osaka is the most dangerous fest’ in Japan —– (after Onbashira fest’ in Suwa-city, Nagano.) (so far 38 death on the record)

Hundreds of the selected participant who might be even returned for fest’, from their work in the another city, pull the float and run to the Shinto Shrine while the float of each neighbourhood competing its speed and skillful control. (If the control wasn’t perfect, its 4 ton (4,000 Kg) float would fall or clash into the house and could make a casualty even a death.) (Each float said to be costed about 100 million yen and years to make)

(Some other Youtube viz of Kishiwada Danjiri, next to this may show the fall or the clash. ( the damaged house will be compensated by the City’s Danjiri insurance.)

Every year with the tens of the thousands of participants, 32 of those floats compating each other, it is nothing but the jaw dropping extreme culture of the Japanese.

—– You may wonder what drives those good grownups to do such crazy things. There is no obligation to the local people to participate, still no outsider was ever allowed to join for fun. It is strictly local afare. There wouldn’t be any fame beyond the own locals let alone any national competition kind = in other words, it is nothing but a gainless local act. —– still, Strangely you may feel, there is a hidden element of the Zen which is the backbone of the Japanese ethos. = NO obligation to participate — yet still, the locals do aware a cause / Karma borne to be a man of Kishiwada = have to run with others, even if it could cost his limb even life itself. There is no honourable theory, story, high level thinking BUT just the act = run. — While the one is running, what mind in his head ? = NOTHING —– This nothingness is the ZEN. When Tsunami strike, what people think ? = NOTHING. Since there is nothing, neither grief nor panic = JUST live as normal (which was accustomed). What you need more to live ?

While practicing hundreds of times, all the emotion had worn-out and only the attention to the control details (or the instraction programed into the body) remains = the one became almost like an automatic running machine. = DO as much for the fest’ forget any worry or greed = Be free !

Despite having nothing, still run, run for better. Regardless whether it looks crazy, whether it brings any gain, whether it is dangerous, still run. Why ? —– Run for better ? to achieve something ? —– In fact achieve nothing. While having no mind and achive nothing, still run for better —– Why ? ? ? Why ? Because that IS what the Dharma was prevailed.


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Owara Kaze-no-Bon / é¢¨ã®ç›†

or, yet another Bon-Odori = annual dancing fest’ in Toyama-city, Ishikawa。

Yatsuo in Toyama city situated 100 km north east of Kyoto.

Kaze no Bon is a Japanese festival held every year from September 1 to 3 in Yatsuo, Toyama, Japan. Kaze-no-Bon literally translates to “Bon Dance of the Wind.” This festival, having a history of about 300 years, is recently becoming a popular tourist attraction to the otherwise sparsely populated mountain area. Wikipedia

Unlike well known Awa-odori which originated from far remoted Tosa in Shikoku island, Toyama’s Kaze-no-Bon dance is more elegant. (Though, I myself is more familier with Samba)


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O-M-G — Apple

OMG — the seeds started to germinate inside of fruit !

This photo was taken by a homemade lens called Yashica Macro. https://yoshizen.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/yashica-kyocera-macro-2/

This apple must be rather old — still, not started to rotten = must be sprayed with the strong chemical to make a long shelf-life. Still, the fruit itself has its own internal clock and timed for the moment to come-out.

Of course, the apple was not created to be eaten by a man let alone by Adam. In nature, the fruits will be fallen to the ground and the seeds germinates from its rotten but nutrition rich seeds bed. —– we are only intercepting their process and robbing their opportunity.

If you are “Pro-life” activist, you may plant this seed to a pot to grow an Apple tree —– but sorry Miss Apple, I’m not such tender person (in fact, I had too much trouble before to have too many such pots of plant) I’ll just throw you into a bin. (I’ve been killing too many lives, vegetables, fruits etc etc thrown into my cooking pan etc etc = too late to pretend to become tender hearted hypocrite.)


Our vision — Photo image

This is a part of the previous post —– as I found it got very important point in the aspect of Zen (See — feel — think — what is real — truth) not only in Photography.

Rather fragile looking Scabious —– the lens showed peculiar depth of field image, and the size of back bokeh is gorgeous.

(But have you ever seen such bokeh image in nature ? —– they exists only in the photographic image = they are not real, neither your eyes are telling the truth —– So, how can you tell that the photography IS the faithful copy of the real, without knowing your own eyes could not tell what is real.) 😀

(For example, we are not seeing square building, since we got fish-eye vision as our eyes are round ball, so that, our brain is reconstructing the image following the stereotype that the building is straight = therefore, the photo of the building has to be square ! —– So, how can you tell that the photo of the building is faithful copy of the real building, = you see what I mean.)


Somewhat related reading < St. Lucia — wire figure >


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Fuzzy Macro for flower

They are the photos made by a homemade lens called NZ-B = It’s a very peculiar lens, = utterly fuzzy though in the certain condition, strangely it shows quite sharp image.

This one may seemed to be taken by any ordinary macro lens though, with a much of amazement, even an annoyance, it was done by the same NZ-B lens on Nikon Z7, AV mode.

In certain extent, this lens would work just like a fuzzy 40 mm F2 lens.

Still, under close look, the image has quite a detail.

Don’t aske me why I didn’t come here a week ago. —– It’s happened as it happened. (That is what the life is.)

When it was far fore-focused, the image became like this = I like this. I think, no other lens ever made the image like this bokeh. And the bokeh image like this only exists photographically = never in the real world.

Hind-focused (photo left) = lens was sunk beyond the infinity position / Focused (middle) / Fore-focused (photo right) = lens helicoid was fully extended = like for a close-up shot.

(Only one exception, the photo above left was taken by the Pentax 110 Auto 24 mm lens)

Quite exotic flower — I have no idea who she is.

Very impressive though, I never seen her anywhere else. — (Is it a kind of Thunbergia ?)

But this one is very common, yet I love this painting like image. (It seemed that the loss of tonal dynamic range was not caused by the softness of the lens but by the brightness adjustment of Picasa and a very bright color = red.)

Still, the same lens can produce prosaically clean photography-like image as well.

The photographer is believing that they are the user of “Photography” though, in reality, the provider of the Photography (= camera maker, photo journalism etc) is using photographer to keep and run the industry and the idea. So that, “Photographer” was made to believe a type of photography which was provided and such stereotypical style “IS” only the photography.

= The belief IS “Photography is to make a faithful copy of the subject” while blindly believing that his own eyes is seeing the true face of the subject. —– In reality, no such certainty ever existed.

And rather fragile looking Scabious —– the lens showed peculiar DOF and the size of back bokeh is gorgeous.

(But have you ever seen such bokeh image in nature ? —– they exists only in the photographic image = they are not real neither your eyes are telling the truth —– So, how can you tell that the photography IS the faithful copy of the real, without knowing your own eyes could not tell what is real.) 😀

(For example, we are not seeing square building, since we got fisheye vision as our eyes are round ball, so that, our brain is reconstructing the image following the stereotype that the building is straight = therefore, the picture of the building has to be square ! —– You see what I mean.)

——- ! ? ? ?

Here a kind of anemone ? —– anyway, the matter is the image. (If you can make a soft image like this using PS I would like to see it !)

I’m not familiar with this flower —– pretty impressive, and it looks even cannivorous. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see the dead bodies of insects laying inside, half digested. (Do you know what IS the truth.)

And suddenly here rather humble looking flower = the color of blue jeans, Indigo came from this plant. (or larger sister of her)

(If I could stop down, the image could have deeper depth of field though this lens has no iris = always fully open F2. But considering the condition as it was fully open F2, the quality of close focused image was amazingly high !)

Then, funny looking chap = the nuts of ceder tree, not a Pokemon still, he looks very very happy today !

The world seems to be pretty peaceful.



Y-Mac + Div’lens

Behind the lots of experimental / homemade lenses, I got mountain of diverging lens which came from mountain of discarded lenses. —– Converging lens can be easily used as an image projecting lens in many occasions though, not many use of the diverging lens. I did used it to make Wide-angle Pinhole and for Two element homemade lens which was to extend the focal length of the disposable (one time use) camera lens for 35 mm SLR camera.

The diverging lens was simplly stack to the front of the Yashica macro lens (focus was made by its zooming helicoid) and the size of the image was depend on the distance between the Yashica lens and the diverging lens = if it was made adjustable it will become a zoom lens.

Scavenged homemade lens / Yashica Macro is quite good lens though, it got rather limited use only for the macro shot. — Why macro ? Because its focal length was too short to be used on the 35 mm SLR even on the mirrorless camera = When such lens was mounted on the full-size camera, it was same to the lens was focused to very close. = Close-up or Macro shot.

But the focal length of the lens can be extended by the diverging lens. = So, I tried it with a diverging lens which came from a Nikon Zoom lens = It worked well !

Somewhat similar to the situation of “Twisted lens” we are discovering the “inconvenient truth” of the optics. They may not be a residents of the holly land. (I’m talking about the optical effect — utilising its effect while making precise lens-shifting mechanism etc and make usable / reliable products is far beyond the ordinary man’s capability.)




Spiritualism | Yoshizen’s Blog said, on April 21, 2019 at 19:00(Edit)

[…] このブログでは禅仏教を専ら神経生理の自動制御に帰結して論じていますが、そこでは「だから何ンなの」はめったに出て来ない。自動制御の稼動状態は誰の目にも明らかであるから解り易い。しかしその背後には不可解なものが多すぎる上に「ホンマ?」がついて回る。無心になる事で、経験則やDNAに予めプログラムされた自動制御に任せる。同様に生をカルマの生起に任せる。=これで人智を超えたダルマによる完璧な対応処理が行なわれ全てメデタシメデタシなれば文句ナシ。---とはいかない。都合良い神ワザ伝説はいくらでも並ベられるし、それをもってスピリチュアルな調和が得られるなどと強弁しても意味はないーーーつまりそれが真実ではないのだから。=真実ではない所がダルマゆえの真実か?と、解ったようなシタリ顔してもまた無意味であるし、だからサトリは犬のクソと言ってみても何も始らない。 つまり完璧な答はどこにも無い。 […]

yoshizen said, on August 25, 2019 at 12:02(Edit)

スピさん、コメント深謝。御自身で諒解の如く言葉としての解答などどこにも無いでしょう。それでも何かスピリチュアルな真実をお持ちいただいたとか? 是非お聞きしたいものですね。
釈尊が見出したもの、そのものであったとは完璧に納得。で、だから何ンなのよは、DIYそのものが答え。現にここに在り何だかンだやっている当人の在りよう、その事実、日常平常が答えです。ヤレ同心ニ重濃度針穴写真云々、ZAPPAの写真がどうのと、全て能書抜き、現にためらいも無くやった事、おそらくその解脱の上に在る自在が問題です。禅は能書でも足をひねる事でもなくいかにこだわり無く生きる事が出来るか、それが唯ーの目的。 (乞参照 >ヨシ禅縁起)


〜〜〜で、ここまで来てハタと気がついた間抜け、[ Spiritualism ]と言うのはコメントを書いた誰かではなく実は大分前に書いた自分の古いポストからの抜粋であった。

で、そこでさらに出て来る疑問は、いったい誰がこの抜粋を作ってコメントに入れたのか???---そもそも1000以上も有るポストの中から、しかも日文の内容を理解して撰択すると言う作業を、果たしてどっかのボランティアさんがやったのか、あるいは WP かグーグルの AⅠ が全自動で処理したのか??? ーーーそのどちらであったとしても、これは驚き以外の何物でも無いし, いささか怖い話でもある。ーーーつまり処理する目的で僕のブログを読んでいる目にとってこれらはどう見えているのか。ジャンクのベス単と禅がいかなる脈絡で捕えられていいるのか??? フシギ。


Leitz 50 mm-vs-Zeiss 55 mm

Casually I called Leitz Elmarit lens I used on the Nikon Z in the previous post, a homemade though, glass itself was a serious Leitz product. Hence, having a proper optical quality as we expect. —– ? was it ? = was that quality, within a normal standard ?

—– So, I made a comparizon.

This is the test image taken by the Leitz Elmarit P 50 mm F2.8 at F2.8. With the focus peaking. (Photo right was a part enlargement of the centre = the top of the tree) —– the small twig still maintain its detail though, is this fuzziness normal ?

So, to have a close comparizon, Zeiss Sonner FE 55 mm F1.8 lens was mounted to the same Nikon Z7 body and had the test shot on the same tree, same condition. (since Zeiss / Sony lens has a funny habit = keep move the focus, so that, click the shutter when focus was peaked) In the photo right, some leaves on the tree were coloured red = may be an effect of the chromatic aberration. Was it ? Wait a moment = this is not a £1 junk projection lens but a genuine Zeiss / Sony lens costed hundreds of the pounds. (Even though it was made in Thailand)

Then, I gave yet another test = Zeiss Sonner lens was mounted on the Sony A7R body and had exposure of F1.8 and F8. (manual focus) —– F1.8 image (photo above middle) was the sharpest among all the photos in this post. (Though, strangely F8 image = photo right, was soft —– very difficult to make a precise manual focus on this A7R camera)

Since the same Zeiss lens showed no chromatic aberration on the A7R body here, there is a possibility of either (1) Sony has correction program built into their image processor to compensate lens’s own aberration. or (2) The lens’s obstruction = keep moves its focus when the lens was not mounted on the Sony body = moves only a small part of lens, only to destruct the clear image, hence making big chromatic aberration on the Nikon Z body.

Yet those photos here showed very different strory. The photos were taken same as those photos above.

= Zeiss lens on the Sony A7R body. Exposed on F1.8 and F8. —– But here, F1.8 image (photo middle) showed funny chromatic aberration (red leaves)

(This is the puzzle = how those red leaves were created ? The Sony camera and their image processor seemed to hide too many puzzles.)

—– the correction program of Sony Image Processor may be working erratic. (still, how to make only some leaves red on the Nikon Z and on the Sony A7R as well looks too strange = In fact, the culprit mast be the Lens, not the camera, though, how this Zeiss FE lens can put the red color to a selected part of the image ? === this phenomenon needs to be investigated further !

This is a problem of the “Soft controled digital imaging” = it would make a pretty picture though, it may work, may not work like a Beauty App. That why I hate those artificial images. (Still, film photography can create strange phenomena too —– but, as I didn’t have an experience to enlarge a 35 mm color photo to 1.5 m big and examin the details, may be I was not aware )

Here, they are the shot to finish-off this argument (of Red Leaves) made by Zeiss Sonner 55 mm ZE lens. = The lens was tested at F1.8 if it showes chromatic aberration of red and green fringe on the roof pattern. = The result was as you see. (When the lens was fore-focused, the image has green fringe — photo above right)

And I found a very interesting bokeh pattern on the tree behind. The question is, is this the quarity of the lens which says “Sony / Zeiss Sonner” ? ? ? ( 55 mm is not special, neither F1.8 is difficult to design)

So, how about the chromatic aberration of the Nikon 50 mm F1.2 (photo middle) and F2.8 (photo right) —– a lots of red leaves seems to be here too ! = We shouldn’t be surprised. —– Otherwise we need to pay thousands of £ for a lens which shows no aberration on fully opened iris. === Only the question IS, why we need such perfect image ? ? ? (May be the obsession.) = If you want to see the perfect image, come down to the tree and see it close)

The reason why we don’t see such Chromatic aberration everyday, —– (1) We don’t use maximum F-aperture often, except in the very dark situation. And if it was dark, we can’t see such color fringe in the dark details. (2) In those lenses (Zeiss 55 mm, Nikkor 50 mm) when we stop down two or three stops, the aberration would be disappeared = hence we don’t became aware its existence. (3) We don’t enlarge the image to such big size. = so that, in the small print, the color fringe (even if it’s there) would be buried in the details. (If you are seeing the enlarged tree top photos in this post on a PC screen, it is the equivalent of seeing a 36×24 mm size photo enlarged to the 120 cm x 80 cm (43″x32″) and giving a close look.

The aberration is an optical phenomena, when the light was not converged into the focal point and spread to the surroundings as well, make the image fuzzy. Among the cause of such problem, if it was coused by the way how the light was bend differently by its color (= wave length) it was called Chromatic Aberration. As you might remember to see the rainbow 7 colors made by a prisome, when the light go through the glass they bend according to the wave length (= color). To solve this problem, converging lens which bend the red light more to outward and the diverging lens which bend the blue light more to outward were combined together to conpensate each other to the light concentrate to the same focal point (so to make a sharp picture). —– While making the light bend inward and outward, still make them to converge to the same focal point, optical designer use the fancy technique and special glass etc etc = that’s why good lens is using 10 or more glasses inside of one lens. (= making such lens hugely expensive) —– Sigh 😀

—– Still, it is rather rare to see such prominent Chromatic Aberration like the red leaves here, —– in most of the case, the fringe color appeared only on the edge of the details and make the picture just a bit soft. (Hence the most of the people doesn’t became aware such things ever existed in his lens. )

And in this point, why the Leitz projection lens I’ve talked on the begining of this post showed such character become clear, = the projection lens showes the 35 mm slide image hugely enlarged therefore the chromatic aberration would become quite visible yet, a bit soft image wouldn’t be much of the trouble as the larger the projected image, people view it from the larger distance.


It seems, the battle between the camera, lens keep going on. 😀

The Moon of 15th August

As I said, in the old Moon calender 15th August is always full moon. So, to have a full moon tonight was just a coincidence and I found her behind a tree at rather late 22:00.

—– I took the pictures of the full moon many times, using Tamron SP 500 mm lens. But I didn’t want to do the same on this time, so took a picture of her with a kind of ordinary lens = Leiz Elmarit P 50 mm F 2.8 projection lens (costed me £1) modified to use on the Nikon Z camera, because, it was not a very sexy image with fuzzy lens. —– And after I open a photo on a PC screen, I noticed that there was a reflection of my room on the window glass = Oh, no, I should have put light off. How careless I was. The moon of 15th August has gone and we never have another chance for re-take. (Next full moon is not the 15th August one) We have only one life.


15th of August

In the old moon calender 15th August has always full moon. And this is the day when the last World War was ended. So, there was a memorial ceremony for the 3 million war dead attended by the Japanese Emperor and the Empress. (Photo above right)

And it is often the time when Japan has a visiting typhoon. (Photo left)

Seemingly Japan was no exception, thanks to the climate change and having an extreme hot summer as well, making a record 40.7 degree C at northern Japan, Yamagata.

Poor fellow Japanese. —— Thenks goodness, I’m away.


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