2 Jikai

2 Jikai

2 Jikai (ni-ji-kai)…the After Party.   It is very common when you go out to eat in Japan in a group you can get a ‘set’ menu that is called ‘Tabehodai Nomihodai”.  It is all you can eat and all you can drink and is typically limited to 2 hours so often people continue on in a smaller group to what is called 2 Jikai.

Due to the cost of weddings in Japan many people hold a 2 Jikai where they invite their extended network of friends…but before we got to 2 Jikai here are a few shots from the wedding in digital…

Here is my wedding speech as I was getting ready…

Today’s configuration:  Leica M9-P, mostly with my Noctilux 50mm f/0.95

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

I love the simplicity of the meals they were serving…

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

The father walked around and poured everyone a beer to thank them for coming…

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Cheers!

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Icons of Japan – Canon and the Kimono…

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

Koji and Nahoko's Wedding

I gave my wife a photo of our son that I had shot on film and she said to me “This is really nice, what did you do differently to it?”.   I always try to explain to people how film has a very different feeling to it and it is a look, feeling that I don’t believe you to produce digitally.   I am not saying that one is better than the other as I like and use both but depending on the look you want to achieve one may be better than the other.  Have a look at the two images below.  The one on the left was shot with my M9 Digital and the one on the right shot with my Leica M6J film camera.

There was a two hour break between the wedding and 2 Jikai so we did what you do when you have a break…continue drinking.

Waiting for 2 Jikai

Waiting for 2 Jikai

Selective focus… ‘Beer’

Waiting for 2 Jikai

So 2 Jikai is basically a repeat of your wedding just more casually…

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

…and clearly more casual dress is appropriate.

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

They showed some videos from the wedding…

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

I even got into the shot…

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

More speeches…

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

…and more cake!

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

There was some sort of game show style game that I didn’t understand…

Koji and Nahoko's Nijikai

He ended up winning…

After 9 hours of wedding and drinking it was time to head home…

Thanks for stopping by today…

 

11 Comments

  1. Nice shots and loved the film vs. digital comparison. I shot medium format for almost 40 years until all the film I loved to shoot with was just a bookmark in the history of a bankrupt Kodak (Vericolor III, Ektachrome, Kodachrome). As a result I got into digital seriously about 2 years ago.

    Now I end up shooting outside the range of film ISO’s or need tethering for the clients or I am trying to bend the laws of physics just a little bit so its fun to see a reminder of what film looks like compared to digital.

    Love the updated site and your pictures of Tokyo!

  2. Glad to see you shooting digital again..Images are Super.

  3. What a fun set of photos!

  4. Nice to see you’re doing well Dave, it’s been a while since I’ve visited your website. This is really a nice set of photos. Back to shooting digital?

  5. Digital images are sharp… perhaps too sharp. Film shots tend to be less sharp but that in a way helps to make blemishes less obvious. The tones of film just has this… aura to it. A blend of the grain, colours and softness that differentiates them from digital photos.

  6. Mostly still shooting film. I am loving it…

  7. I totally agree Jen. I actually found the softness frustrating at first until I retrained my brain…

  8. That’s right, Dave. More people need to learn to retrain their brains. I’ve been shooting with a few friends and there were several occasions where they lament about the softness or motion blur.

    What they saw as poor shots were awesome to my eyes. And I had to explain to them to get them to understand that sharpness is a bourgeois concept. Perhaps shooting in digital trained them to only be satisfied with sharp images.

    I’m in the strong opinion that all photographers should give film a go so that they will truly appreciate the aesthetics in their photos.

  9. Well a layer of sheer stocking over the front of your lens will give a nice softness to the image.

    And film can be sharp and have lots of detail if you can still get low grain, low ISO film.

  10. Sheer Stocking…? I have never heard that before. Interesting tip. Thanks!

  11. Jen – Exactly. I needed to completely retrain my eye to what I was looking at.

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