Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa Gardens

The red wood and roof ornaments stood out brilliantly against the trees in the background. The low f/stop on the lens did a great job here.

The red wood and roof ornaments stood out brilliantly against the trees in the background. The low f/stop on the lens did a great job here.

Colored wooden structures in Japan always seem to have a certain charm. They look so totally in harmony the surroundings, and yet only meters away are new modern concrete buildings.

Colored wooden structures in Japan always seem to have a certain charm. They look so totally in harmony the surroundings, and yet only meters away are new modern concrete buildings.

Pathways and the lights that come on at night are a nice defining line to this garden landscape.

Pathways and the lights that come on at night are a nice defining line to this garden landscape.

Nice contrast of green and red with some slight mix of gold in the roof beams.

Nice contrast of green and red with some slight mix of gold in the roof beams.

Looking through the entrance way to the gardens.

Looking through the entrance way to the gardens.

A nice mixture of greenery , rocks and water.

A nice mixture of greenery , rocks and water.

I could imagine this setting in Kyoto. It is hard to imagine that this garden is in the middle of a hotel complex and only minutes away from a major Tokyo Station.

I could imagine this setting in Kyoto. It is hard to imagine that this garden is in the middle of a hotel complex and only minutes away from a major Tokyo Station.

The roof is very grand. A lot of work has gone into this.

The roof is very grand. A lot of work has gone into this.

The tea house area for reserved guests.

The tea house area for reserved guests.

Some of the garden pieces were mixed in with the greenery.

Some of the garden pieces were mixed in with the greenery.

The main hotel building can be seen in the background here. It looked quite strange to see such a large building looming over the garden from this angle. Like coming out of a forest clearing and seeing the big city.

The main hotel building can be seen in the background here. It looked quite strange to see such a large building looming over the garden from this angle. Like coming out of a forest clearing and seeing the big city.

You can see the modern glass building of the hotel apartments in the background of this building. It doesn't actually spoil the look or atmosphere of the traditional garden.

You can see the modern glass building of the hotel apartments in the background of this building. It doesn't actually spoil the look or atmosphere of the traditional garden.

Beautiful surroundings.

Beautiful surroundings.

Some of the garden ornaments were leaning to one side. I had to check my balance a few times when taking this photo to see whether I had the camera straight.

Some of the garden ornaments were leaning to one side. I had to check my balance a few times when taking this photo to see whether I had the camera straight.

Great detail here on this piece. Is that a dragon?

Great detail here on this piece. Is that a dragon?

Trying out a bit of depth focus on this bridge. A little bit hard to stare at this photo for too long. Your eyes start to struggle to find a focus point across the bridge. Like walking the tightrope over a canyon.

Trying out a bit of depth focus on this bridge. A little bit hard to stare at this photo for too long. Your eyes start to struggle to find a focus point across the bridge. Like walking the tightrope over a canyon.

Arches through to the main structure.

Arches through to the main structure.

One of the garden objects.

One of the garden objects.

Nice little stream with a mixture of greenery.

Nice little stream with a mixture of greenery.

It is nice to see some small bridges in Japanese traditional gardens spanning the water.  Some are curved, maybe painted red, others like this one are more plain, but equally pleasing to the eye.

It is nice to see some small bridges in Japanese traditional gardens spanning the water. Some are curved, maybe painted red, others like this one are more plain, but equally pleasing to the eye.

From the traditional garden across to the hotel there is a nice transition area where they have some lawn grass.

From the traditional garden across to the hotel there is a nice transition area where they have some lawn grass.

The bridge crossing over to the main garden.

The bridge crossing over to the main garden.

Looking back at the main Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.

Looking back at the main Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa.

There was a nice steak house restaurant in the grounds of the hotel. This would be a good place for a meal at night.

There was a nice steak house restaurant in the grounds of the hotel. This would be a good place for a meal at night.

A lion sitting in protection of the hotel grounds.

A lion sitting in protection of the hotel grounds.

There are a number of Takanawa Hotels in the complex. It is quite easy to get lost looking for the right path to take. The garden sits in between the middle of them all.

There are a number of Takanawa Hotels in the complex. It is quite easy to get lost looking for the right path to take. The garden sits in between the middle of them all.

The winding round leading up to the top of the Hotel complex.

The winding round leading up to the top of the Hotel complex.

Do you enjoy looking at traditional Japanese gardens?

Japan Sunset

The ferris wheel at Rinkai Kasai Koen makes a nice backdrop for this photo

The ferris wheel at Kasai Rinkai Koen makes a nice backdrop for this photo

As the sun sets you get a nice shadow cast across the ground and sky fades from blue to orange.

As the sun sets you get a nice shadow cast across the ground and sky fades from blue to orange.

On the way back from IKEA to buy a bookcase for my room, I took these photos from the window of the JR Keiyo Line as it sped its way towards Tokyo back from Chiba. These were all taken near the Kasai Rinkai Koen area which is one station down from Tokyo Disneyland at Maihama.

You can see the camera info if you click on the menu over the photo. Could you guess what camera I took these with?

The sunlight through the clouds gives off a warm color in contrast to the dark ground.

The sunlight through the clouds gives off a warm color in contrast to the dark ground.

Do you have beautiful sunsets in your part of the world? Where do you like to go to most to see the view when the sun goes down?

Japan Photo Videos

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Recently, I have been looking at a way I can show more of photos of Japan as videos for those people who follow me on YouTube. I found a service by Animoto that allows you to automatically create videos and add music tracks that have been copyright cleared in their collection.

The results are probably not as good as if you spent a few hours manually organizing frame transitions and synchronizing music, but I think for an automated system it gives a fair level of quality.

The music is by Mysti Mayhem and the song is called Dance.

Here is a clip of Mysti Mayhem promoting here music to a local record company. I like the way she just rocks right up to the front desk and asks for exactly 3.5 minutes of your time, and then sings her song in the foyer. Sometimes you have to be bold.

I would like to spend some time putting together some manual videos as well. With the automated system I could probably show people more of Japan rather than waiting until I have a spare moment to manual edit something.

Let me know what you think of the video? Do you like the format of the pictures. Should I try to include a few small video clips (5 second scenes) inside the video? What sort of music is best? I would like to find some Japanese music that is copyright authorized to be used in videos. Does anyone know any good Sites.

Yokohama View

Intercontinental Hotel has a great shape like a ship

Intercontinental Hotel has a great shape like a ship

Port of Yokohama

Port of Yokohama

Cosmo World theme park area.

Cosmo World theme park area.

Lots more space for more construction to come.

Lots more space for more construction to come.

Relatively new construction projects completed here.

Relatively new construction projects completed here.

Mountain range visible on a clear day like today.

Mountain range visible on a clear day like today.

Buildings seem to stretch on for ever.

Buildings seem to stretch on for ever.

Expressway with buildings.

Expressway with buildings.

Greenery mixed in with buildings.

Greenery mixed in with buildings.

Tall structuresof Tokyo  visible in background.

Tall structuresof Tokyo visible in background.

The Expressway looks good from this height also.

The Expressway looks good from this height also.

Shops and Office buildings.

Shops and Office buildings.

Lots of reclaimed land in this area.

Lots of reclaimed land in this area.

Which buildings can you make out here?

Which buildings can you make out here?

Tokyo skyline visible far away.

Tokyo skyline visible far away.

Port of Yokohama

Port of Yokohama

Haneda Airport in the distance.

Haneda Airport in the distance.

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

The Ferris Wheel at Cosmo World, Minato Mirai.

Looking out at the various landmarks.

Looking out at the various landmarks.

Lots of buildings had helicopter pads.

Lots of buildings had helicopter pads.

You can see for a long way on a clear day.

You can see for a long way on a clear day.

Mt Fuji just visible in the distance

Mt Fuji just visible in the distance

Plenty of real estate down below.

Plenty of real estate down below.

More and more smaller structures all over the place.

More and more smaller structures all over the place.

City spreads out for a long way.

City spreads out for a long way.

Helipad as seen from Landmark Tower

Helipad as seen from Landmark Tower

Cafe at top of Landmark Tower

Cafe at top of Landmark Tower

City of Yokohama

City of Yokohama

Yamashita Park, Yokohama

Yamashita Park, Yokohama

Yokohama Port Tower

Yokohama Port Tower

Yokohama Stadium

Yokohama Stadium

Sakuragiki-cho Station area

Sakuragiki-cho Station area

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

Old warehouse district

Old warehouse district

Aka Renga

Aka Renga

Hikawa Maru at Yamashita Park

Hikawa Maru at Yamashita Park

People walking to Sakuragicho Station below.

People walking to Sakuragicho Station below.

Yokohama City and Zo no Hana Park

Yokohama City and Zo no Hana Park

Souvenir t-shirt of Landmark Hotel

Souvenir t-shirt of Landmark Hotel

Intercontinental Hotel.

Intercontinental Hotel.

Top of the Intercontinental Hotel

Top of the Intercontinental Hotel

Lots of wind turbines in this area.

Lots of wind turbines in this area.

Theme Park and shopping area, Minato Mirai.

Theme Park and shopping area, Minato Mirai.

Favorite Photos of 2009

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Kyoto

Kyoto

Kiyomizudera Kyoto.

Kiyomizudera Kyoto.

Kiyomizudera Kyoto.

Kiyomizudera Kyoto.

Stroll in Kyoto.

Stroll in Kyoto.

Washing the hands.

Washing the hands.

Beautiful Kyoto

Beautiful Kyoto

Tokyo Soccer

Tokyo Soccer

Hi no yojin

Hi no yojin

Jinrikisha in Kyoto

Jinrikisha in Kyoto

Ghibli Store

Ghibli Store

Route 246, Shibuya

Route 246, Shibuya

Gundam Odaiba

Gundam Odaiba

Gundam Odaiba

Gundam Odaiba

Ginza on a weekend

Ginza on a weekend

Shinkansen

Shinkansen

Pokemon Shinkansen

Pokemon Shinkansen

MAX

MAX

Live in Shibuya

Live in Shibuya

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station

Cleaning the Shinkansen

Cleaning the Shinkansen

Shinbashi Tug of War

Shinbashi Tug of War

Yokohama

Yokohama

Yokohama Port

Yokohama Port

Chinatown Yokohama

Chinatown Yokohama

Mother and son

Mother and son

Yokohama

Yokohama

Minato Mira, Yokohama

Gundam Odaiba

Gundam Odaiba

Yokohama

Yokohama

Gundam Wedding

Gundam Wedding

Stormtrooper, Akihabara

Stormtrooper, Akihabara

Koga Links golf

Koga Links golf

Yamate Tunnel

Yamate Tunnel

New Government

New Government

Festival

Festival

Trains

Trains

Nebuta Matsuri, Shibuya

Nebuta Matsuri, Shibuya

Olympic Parade

Olympic Parade

Olympic Parade

Olympic Parade

Center-gai, Shibuya

Center-gai, Shibuya

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

O-mikoshi, (portable shrine)

O-mikoshi, (portable shrine)

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu

Golf at Mt Fuji

Golf at Mt Fuji

Walk to Harajuku

Walk to Harajuku

Shibuya street modelling

Shibuya street modelling

Golf at Mt Fuji

Golf at Mt Fuji

Shibuya weekend

Shibuya weekend

Buying some cakes, Shibuya

Buying some cakes, Shibuya

Mt Fuji

Mt Fuji

Shibuya near Hachiko

Shibuya near Hachiko

shibuya246 in Center-gai, Shibuya

shibuya246 in Center-gai, Shibuya

Shibuya near Hachiko

Shibuya near Hachiko

Autumn in Aoyama

Autumn in Aoyama

Autumn in Aoyama

Autumn in Aoyama

Tokyo Tower at dusk

Tokyo Tower at dusk

Autumn in Aoyama

Autumn in Aoyama

JAL, Haneda Airport

JAL, Haneda Airport

Omotesando Illuminations

Omotesando Illuminations

Autumn in Aoyama

Autumn in Aoyama

Opera City, near Shinjuku

Opera City, near Shinjuku

Evening Taxi

Evening Taxi

Chiba Taxi Games

Chiba Taxi Games

Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba

Rainbow Bridge from Odaiba

Shibuya Station

Shibuya Station

Meiji 56 Chocolates

Meiji 56 Chocolates

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Rilakkuma, Harajuku

Rilakkuma, Harajuku

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Roppongi cats

Roppongi cats

Roppongi cats

Roppongi cats

Narita Express model

Narita Express model

Santa Xmas Tree

Santa Xmas Tree

Tokyo Midtown Illuminations, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown Illuminations, Roppongi

What’s your favorite from 2009?