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Sanmon at Nanzenji

Standing at the base of the Sanmon at Nanzenji Temple admiring the color and grain of the wood and wondering whether to make the climb to look at the view from on top. I did go to the top as well, and posted this photo from there on…

Aqueduct at Nanzenji Temple

The aqueduct seen here brings water down from Lake Biwa and was constructed during the Meiji Period. The water is processed in a plant near Nanzenji Temple. The aqueduct is located inside the grounds of the Nanzenji Temple and combined…

Walking through Kyoto

Kyoto is a great place to walk since the center of town is quite flat, the roads are built on a grid system which makes navigating easy and the road surfaces are good underfoot. As you get into the surrounding areas such as here near…

Kinkakuji

Yesterday I visited Kinkakuji after the rain from the typhoon. The pond was a bit murky, but the gold was glittering.

Aoi Matsuri

The Aoi Matsuri is one of the three main festivals held in Kyoto each year in addition to the Festival of the Ages (Jidai Matsuri) and Gion Festival. The festival has its origins from the time of Emperor Kinmei back in the 500's, and…

Kamogawa Sakura

Another photo I took of the Kamogawa river area with Sakura here. This was a really nice afternoon walk with good weather and great atmosphere on the river bank.

Sakura Weekend

As the Sakura season is finishing for another year, I took some shots on the weekend taking advantage of the good weather. Where did you enjoy the Sakura this year?

Kamogawa, Kyoto

The Kamo river (kamogawa) runs through Kyoto, historically providing an important water supply, but also now allowing people to relax and enjoy nature whilst still being in the heart of the city. It is said the rivers course was diverted to…

New iPad3? Get a Kimono iPad Case

I visited Kyoto recently and dropped in on Kyokaori Company where they have been very creative and turned some kimono obi's into brilliantly colorful and unique iPad Cases. Imagine turning up to a meeting with your iPad dressed in a…

Funaya Hotel, Matsuyama, Shikoku

When I traveled to Shikoku and visited Dogo Onsen, I had the chance to stay at Funaya Hotel in Matsuyama. It is where the Emperor and Crown Prince have stayed when they visited also. The hotel was a nice mixture of old and new architecture.…

Hikarie, new building in Shibuya

It was a beautiful day again today in Tokyo, with blue skies and higher temperatures. Winter did not seem that cold this year, but today felt like it was definitely coming to an end. Out in shibuya, I wanted to take some pictures of…

Yutenji

The weekends are always a good time for a walk. The weather seems to get better and people on the street seem to be smiling more. I didn't have my main camera with me, but whilst I was out around the Meguro area, I took a quick snap…

Hoshi Matsuri

Today was the annual Hoshi Matsuri at the Agon Shu Temple in Kyoto. I was surprised to see it being broadcast on so many different television stations live, including the BBC. Were you watching in your part of the world? The Hoshi…

Spring weather, Autumn reflection

The Spring weather seems to be hiding just around the corner as the trees start to get ready to show us their color. As we get ready for the colors of Spring here is the close of Autumn. What are your plans for Spring?

Kisaragi and Setsubun

The month of February used to be called Kisaragi in Japan. February was the second month of winter under the lunar calendar, which Japan used before the Heian Period. Under this calendar, Winter was the period from January to end of…

Temple Colors

It is very cold in Japan at the moment with snow falling heavily in many parts of the country. Back in summer when I visited Arashiyama, it was all blue skies and warm weather. Visiting the gardens and Temples of Japan, the strong…

Sakamoto Ryoma

I watched the NHK drama series, Ryomaden 龍馬伝, in 2010 and also the Jin drama on TBS last year, which both focused on the story of Sakamoto Ryoma, 坂本龍馬. I bought the DVD set for the first series of Ryomaden to watch it again. It is a…

Shinjuku Nikon Plaza

I have had dirty marks on my camera mirror for a while now and decided to take it to The Nikon service center to get it cleaned. I went to the center in Shinjuku which is near the station and also near Bic Camera. Can you spot the…

Snow in Tokyo

We had snow in Tokyo tonight. Normally we get a bit of snow between January and March, but it doesn't normally settle so easily. I expect by the morning this snow will also have melted away and things should be back to normal. It was…

New Year Day 2012

It is always quiet in Tokyo on New Year Day. Here is a scene in Shibuya with a lot less people than normal. It's really nice on the streets with so few people. Like a scene from a movie.

Hiroshima Book

I finished putting together another book on Canon's PhotoPresso site. This one is from a trip to Hiroshima. http://wpb.imagegateway.net/blogparts/5049765660 You can see other books in the shibuya246 collection here also…

ABCLoop.com

I had lunch yesterday with the team from ABCLoop.com. They had some exciting news, having just been accepted into the Open Network Lab Seed Accelerator program run by Digital Garage. Robin, from Social500, a marketing business…

Tokyo Elections 2011

This weekend is election time for Tokyo and many Prefectures. The 2 big name candidates in Tokyo are the incumbent Ishihara-san and former Governor of Miyazaki-ken, Higashikokubara-san. After Ishihara-san preventing people from…

Earthquake evacuations, Tokyo

There was a major earthquake today in Japan in the North just off the coast of Sendai. Reports at the moment are saying it is somewhere between magnitude 8.4 and 8.9. Every time I hear the figure it seems to go higher and higher. I…