I have a really nice camera, an EOS 40D made by Canon. When I’m outside Japan, I occassionally feel a touch self-conscious about carrying around such an expensive camera. But in Japan, I  always feel like I’m riding a tricycle in the Tour de France. Just look at the cameras the members of this photo club have. Every one of those lenses probably costs in the vicinity of $10,000.  Every festival I go to, every park I visit, I see these expensive cameras and lenses, and then the next day I somehow find myself on the Map Camera Website drooling over L lenses and 5D Mark II cameras.
This is what they were photographing, by the way: