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Winter face masks

I caught a cold recently, so have been wearing a face mask at night when sleeping to try and keep my throat from getting to dry. I found these eucalyptus scented moist masks that are quite interesting. So far they have been good.…

Mt Fuji on Valentines Day

It is snowing tonight in Tokyo, a bit heavier than the other day, with maybe a chance of it settling over night. For Valentines Day, however, I thought it might be nice to see a sunny picture of Japan. Here is Mt Fuji taken from…

Tokyo Sky Tree with Tokyo Tower

The new Tokyo Sky Tree is slowly, or maybe quickly, edging towards the sky. I managed to grab this photo from the top of Roppongi Hills, showing Tokyo Tower on the right with the new Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance out to the left.

Early Morning Ebisu Walk

I was up early and decided to take a walk around Ebisu and towards Naka-Meguro. It was dark at the start and without a tripod some of the photos were a bit shaky as I was taken 5 frames for each photo to merge in HDR. Maybe next time I…

Hinamatsuri, Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri, Girls Days is coming up soon (March 3) and the displays are out in the department store encouraging parents or grandparents to buy. Do you have your own Hina Matsuri display at home?

Kyoto Station

With such a great train culture, there are also some interesting stations to visit in Japan. Tokyo Station still has some of the red brick buildings left, but here at Kyoto Station, you can see modern Japanese breezy station…

Golf at Kasai

It is cold in Japan right now, but playing sports can help to keep you warm! I went for a bit of golf practice at Kasai Lotte range (about 30 minutes out of Tokyo) recently. Lotte is one of the bigger ranges in town and is normally very…

Tokyo Sunset

There are a number of places to see a great view of Tokyo City from high up. One of those is Roppongi Hills. In the evening you can see the sun setting over Mt Fuji. It was a bit cold today, but I thought it might be a good chance to…

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year to everyone. I had a quiet night for New Years Eve, watching Kouhaku on the TV and then a quick walk in the local area after midnight, visiting a Jinja in Ebisu. Today I had a walk out to Meiji Jingu and then back…

Merry Xmas

Merry Xmas to all of the shibuya246 readers. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Season. This is the tree at the Westin Hotel in Kyoto, where I attended a conference.

Yokohama HDR

Took a day away to experiment with some HDR photography in Yokohama. I am still trying out a few techniques. Here are the first attempts at what might look more like art than photography. What is your favorite…

Boss in Ebisu

The "Boss" looks over the crossing here in Ebisu. The sky was really powdery today, almost like marshmallow clouds. Great scene. How is your Saturday weather?

Honda Motorbike

On my recent trip to Shikoku, I stopped at Kojima for lunch before crossing the Seto Ohashi Bridge. The proprietor of a local restaurant asked me to take some photos of his Honda motorbike while I was waiting for him to make lunch. He…

Myoto Camphor Tree

When I was traveling around Shikoku I came across this great Camphor tree that is over 900 years old. That dates it back to around the year 1100. Imagine the history and battles that this tree has lived through to still be standing here…

Mt Bizan, Tokushima

Mount Bizan is very close to the center of Tokushima. You can ride the Bizan ropeway up part of the way and get a good view of the town. The ropeway starts inside the Awaodori Kaikan about 15 minutes walk from Tokushima Station.…

Shikoku Sunset

The shibuya246 has been down for a few days and I have only just managed to get it back up. The problem, basically, was hackers!! I have the main part of the site back up now and am checking the database files. Everything should be…

Tokyo Weekend

The weather has cooled down and this weekend was really nice, even though we had some stiff breezes and a little rain. Autumn is one of my favorite times in Japan, perfect for walking around and checking out new places. I took a walk…

Origami

Sometimes the simple things are the best. These 2 origami cranes I captured a while ago whilst staying in Kyoto always make me smile when I look at them. What is your favorite origami? Origami on wikipedia

Meguro River

I have been going to the gym in Meguro recently and walk past Meguro River often. Normally it is late in the evening when the light is just fading. Here are a few shots of the River from different angles. In April, this whole area is…

Night Golf, Chiba

Before the heat of the summer arrived, I went out for a game of night golf in Chiba with some friends. The course was about 1 hours drive from the center of Tokyo and had excellent lighting for night golf. The cool breezes coming over…

Japanese Cats

I almost missed this photo as I walked straight by a cafe in Shimokitazawa on the weekend and then realized, theres a guy having a coffee with a cat!! As is typical in Japan, everyone's on their mobile, even when they could be…

Konan in Miyajima

Konan, the detective was out in Okayama and Miyajima, when I visited, welcoming people and inviting them to tour the area. Are you a Konan fan?

Kachidoki Bashi

The night view of Tokyo is always quite colorful in a tasteful way. There is neon, but its not over the top, there are lights but everything seems to blend and match wonderfully. Here is the scene looking back at Kachidoki Bridge.

Digital Vending Machine, Tokyo

I came across this new vending machine at the station. It looks like its modeled on a big iPhone. You just point at the picture of the drink you want rather than clicking a button underneath an empty can. This was the busiest vending…