A perfect Friday night to me means ramen and pearl tea. (Surprisingly, I never really photograph pearl tea; no real good reason why.) The best ramen place I’ve ever been to is called Santouka Ramen, located in the Mitsuwa Marketplace (a Japanese grocery store). (I’ve also posted on it before.) Frustratingly, Santouka closes at 7pm everyday (even weekends!) so it can be difficult to get there in time. And the ambiance is… well, it’s in the middle of a grocery store, so it’s not great. And the lighting is terrible. And they only take cash. But the ramen is worth it!
Top it off with pearl tea from Fantasia, and you have the makings of a perfect night.
PS: With the exception of the first shot (at f/2.8), I shot all photos at f/4. I’m not gonna lie, it was hard when you’re used to shooting at f/1.4 all the time! I’ve recently shot some pics in which all the bokeh has ruined some shots, so I’m trying to force myself to get out of the habit of bokeh’ing everything. I may also be subconsciously prepping myself for a 24-105mm/4 lens…. Ugh, the lens lust never ceases!
at the Mitsuwa Marketplace
San Jose, CA