I’m not sure why I’ve been thinking about this trip to Hikone, which took place about four years ago, so much lately. Perhaps it’s because my last two entries both had to do with cherry blossoms and snow always rhymes visually with those white blooms of spring for me. Or perhaps it’s because the temperature has dropped recently and it’s beginning to feel a bit like winter. Or perhaps it’s because Trump’s election has given me an enormous case of nostalgic escapism and I’m dreaming of returning to a time when the idea of Trump as president was nothing more than a Simpson’s gag. And perhaps it’s because I’m thinking of snow and hoping that there will be some left after Trump’s four years of eviscerating the climate.
In any case, I went to Hikone with my friend Lea when she was out visiting from the States. We had planned a trip to visit Hikone Castle, but we hadn’t planned for the perfect snowfall that landed just before we did and then cleared off to leave behind blue skies. It was a perfect day to visit the castle and the surrounding gardens, and we even stumbled across a snow sculpture of Hikonyan, the samurai cat mascot that makes sure the castle is kept cute.
(All shots taken with either a Fujifilm GF670 Professional loaded with Kodak Portra 800 or Fuji Provia 400, or a Voigtlander Bessa-L with 15mm Heliar lens loaded with Fuji Superia 400.)
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