I was helped this year by the trick Lensbaby lens and Adobe's Lightroom software. Most of these photos were shot in RAW and converted to JPEG for posting to flickr. I use a Canon EOS 40D camera.
These photos can also be found at my flickr set: Restospective 2008
Part one can be found here. Part two can be found here.
Abunai - Nishinomiya, Hyogo
Don't go swimming in the pond.
Sea Dice II - Kata, Wakayama
Matsuri Girls, Watching - Sanda, Hyogo
I try to avoid taking shots of people or people in Japanese dress, but this shot jumped out at me.
Storage Room - Kaizuka, Osaka
Garden Path - Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Parking Spot #1 - Kameyama, Mie
Gun-Hunting - Kaizuka, Osaka
Raising the Flag for the Sports Festival - Nishinomiya, Hyogo
National Railway Fan - On the JR Nara Line, Kyoto
Hidden Flower - Kishinosato-Tamade Station, Osaka