金環日食 kin-kan nisshoku—annular eclipse (2)

Viewing conditions for the eclipse this morning were unexpectedly favourable. After our usual early-morning walk in the park, we set up in the washitsu to watch it through the front window.

Yuko had a piece of paper with holes in it, which she taped to the window to create a pinhole camera effect. This allowed us to monitor the progress of the eclipse without looking directly at the sun.

We managed to take a couple of photos, placing the dark glasses over the camera lens. But the photos fail to do justice to the splendour and beauty of the phenomenon.

After watching the eclipse, I was still in time for work! What an amazing privilege and good fortune, to be able to witness a rare event like this from the comfort of our own front room.

 

 

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