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Tokyo Weather

Beautiful blue skies with sunny weather. What a great way to spend the weekend.
Beautiful blue skies with sunny weather. What a great way to spend the weekend.

Wonderful weather in Tokyo today. The sun was out, the sky was blue and the wind was only slight. It always seems that December and January can have some great warm winter days before February and March get a bit colder and darker.

With the weather so great, I took a walk around town. Recently, I have moved my apartment from Shibuya to Shinagawa, and so have been exploring some of the new places around Shinagawa, Minato-ku and the old Tokaido Line. My office is still in Shibuya, just behind Google Japan’s office in the Cerulean Tower, so you will still see plenty of photos from my main focus point, but you should also get a glimpse of some different areas of Tokyo as well. Whilst in exploring mode, I am planning to visit a few more scenic spots to bring back photos to share.

This was taken during the week. This salaryman was obviously enjoying the sunshine as he took a quick "power nap"

I have some photos from today’s outing taking a walk near Tennozu Isle as well as photos I took at after a business meeting yesterday at the Takanawa Grand Hotel, which had a magnificent Japanese traditional garden. I haven’t organized the photos from the Mitsubishi Museum in Yokohama yet either.

Do you all want to see more photos or maybe a bit less? I had some feedback that there might be too many photos and it was too difficult to scroll down the page.

I normally take about 200-300 when I am out. I have the camera set to auto fire at a slow repeat rate, but sometimes my finger stays down when I think I have a good shot. This can add to the amount of shots quickly ^^. I will often try different white balance settings if it is late in the day and the sun is setting as well. Of the 300 photos, I probably would use about 15-20 of them if they seemed to fit into the flow of the story. On some Photo Article posts where I have around 35 photos, I would probably have taken somewhere around 600 shots on the day.

Let me know what you think. Do you want more? less? Would you like to see different parts of Tokyo? more of Shibuya? or, perhaps I should save up and travel to other cities in Japan.

I would like to try taking some photos in the snow and show you what the countryside looks like in winter. I am more of a warm climate person so will have buy some extra sweaters for this ^^.

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32 comments

BiteSizedJapan January 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I really enjoy the photos, and the scrolling doesn’t bother me in the least. I guess you could argue “quality over quantity”, except in this case you post both regularly!

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shibuya246 January 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm

very nice comment 🙂 Thank you. Much appreciated. I will keep the quality point in mind also.

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jl45 January 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I would like more pictures. I don’t care if they are of Tokyo, Shibuya or other cities all I want is more more more.

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shibuya246 January 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

What a great place to take a nap.

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shibuya246 January 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I don’t think these guys have noticed that someone is sleeping to their right.

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shibuya246 January 24, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Can you find this object in the photo below? If you can, you’ll discover where the salaryman is sleeping.

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Sara Bieler January 25, 2010 at 12:28 am

I would prefer more pictures. They’re actually the reason why I regularly check whether you updated… So please keep up your good work and post many, many good photos 🙂

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 2:10 am

brilliant. will do. thanks for joining in the comments:)

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Sara Mari January 25, 2010 at 1:44 am

I think the amount of photos you post is just perfect, and it certainly shouldn’t be less!! You have a great variety of photos, Shibuya is always a favorite and other parts of the city are great too. I also love the food photos. If you do travel to another city my vote goes to the Kansai area hehe.

I love the blue skies of Japan in winter. Here we never see the blue sky and sun in January TT

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 2:04 am

ok, sounds like I should do some traveling, but not leave Shibuya for too long at a time 😉 Perfect. Thanks

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HELLOSHEENA January 25, 2010 at 2:32 am

The amount of pictures is fine to me.

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rob7138 January 25, 2010 at 3:16 am

More photos of Shibuya and other areas that won’t cost you a thing to photograph. You’re doing us a service and shouldn’t have to spend any money giving us a view of this beautiful country and city. Your work is appreciated.

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Protocol Snow January 25, 2010 at 3:27 am

Agreed. Just keep on doing what you’re doing.

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Much appreciated. Glad you are enjoying it. Visiting other places is nice, but photographing Shibuya is always special. I like to look back at the same location from previous posts and see what difference the seasons make to the scenery. The advertising changing, peoples clothes being different. Its all great to see see the change.

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whipcracker January 25, 2010 at 5:01 am

A hard working salaryman taking a break, without a care in the world.

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whipcracker January 25, 2010 at 5:04 am

I don’t think so either.

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whipcracker January 25, 2010 at 5:51 am

RT @tweetmeme http://bit.ly/6DfMuU It doesn’t matter how many photos you put on your post. I enjoy them all. As your all time longest commertor on your post, I have enjoyed each and every photo shot. You introduced me to Rilakkuma, conbinis, Shibuya Crossing, Center Gaia also Hachico the beloved dog of the area and all the wonderful sites and sounds of the Japan I have grown to love and to one day hope to visit. 🙂
Maybe you can use this as showing us a new meaning to the word, Adventure. New conbinis, parks, amusements,daytime and nightime locations. Looking forward to getting to know this area as much as I have of Shibuya.
Domo Arigato, Boku no tomodachi.
As the song goes “you gotta keep on keepen on”
Maybe a conbini monday from this area to start things off, eh?
Peace Love and
Ja mata ne,
whipcracker
Again I want to say Thanks for sending the conbini box. 🙂 melty kiss nom,nom,nom and Rilakkuma is center stage on my bookshelf.

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Thanks for the summary of your educational trip. It has been great. Looking back over some of the articles from last year it is interesting to see how the shape of the blog has changed as well as how so many fantastic members have now joined in to share the content.

The Conbini Box was a way of saying “thanks” for your support. “Keep on Keepen on” indeed. I think you have been voted a permanent feature of the site 😉

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lithiumangel January 25, 2010 at 7:04 am

I’ve never tought that there’s too much pictures; so i’d say keep on going ! 🙂
Tokyo is a very interesting place, there’s always something happening and something interesting to take pictures off.
So no need to go elsewhere, i’d never get bored of it and i doubt anybody else will 😛
Tough; if you ever wonder what to take pictures off, how about a Sunday afternoon on Harajuku bridge for the “colorfull” types, followed up by walking to the Yoyogi park entrance for some greasers 🙂 I suppose it’s typical; but your take on it would be better than most other “vacation” snaps you see of those types on the net 🙂

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raybiker73 January 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

Love these pictures…so jealous. Today in Pittsburgh it’s been rainy, dreary and 40 degrees (F).

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

that doesn’t sound so good. The weather here was perfect for a walk.

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Orchid64 January 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

I’m good with the number of pictures. I see the beautiful pictures as the signature aspect of your blog, so I certainly don’t think you should reduce them!

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Excellent point. Could not have said it better myself. “The signature aspect of the blog”. I like it 🙂 a lot.

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tokyoso January 25, 2010 at 11:09 am

looks great. definitely want to see more pictures!

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Andrea Watt January 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

I agree with all of the above comments; you do a wonderful job in bringing Japan to those who have never been and to those who have been but long to return. I love all that you do and to read your posts brings a bit of sunshine each day to the Japan-a-file side of me. I also love to read the comments by the very loyal and expressive Whipcracker and your other wonderful like-minded followers. If you do get to travel to other cities I’m sure we would all love to share in the experience and Takayama would be my suggestion of a great place to visit for snow and outdoor onsen. Keep up the great work, it is much appreciated.

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Great to hear. Glad you like it. I agree with you about the community members and their comments. It is great to see people sharing their views. Both small and long comments are welcome, as is uploading any photos that go with the article’s theme.

Onsen sounds good. Might have to see if I can make a booking somewhere with good scenery. Thank you 🙂

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notyetalotus January 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Really enjoy viewing your photos of Tokyo and city life, it’s never boring and more photos are better. I also found your Kyoto and Yokohama photos intriguing. Thank you for sharing with those who aren’t in Japan.

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Thank you. I really enjoyed the Kyoto and Yokohama trips as well. It is good to get out of Tokyo and see different areas, and then come home to explore some more close by as well. 🙂

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lithiumangel January 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Oh I like the Takayama recommendation that’s been made.
The chef at the only Okonomiyaki place in my country who’s been to Japan often always tells me to go to Takayama for this stone grilled restaurant that’s he claims was the best food he ever tasted; ever. (that says something, this guy has been around most of the world) – If you ever go to Takayama send me an e-mail and i’ll grab the restaurant name for you 🙂

– He always tells me to go to the Okonomiyaki museum that’s 8 stories tall and filled with restaurants in Hiroshima too but somehow I just never make it farther out of Tokyo than Yokohama when i’m there lol.

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shibuya246 January 25, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Sounds like 2 votes for Takayama right there. Will do some research on google and start making a plan.

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Tristan January 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I like the photos…maybe 5-10 quality images on page plus a link to the flickr page so we can explore more? (I can see peoples arguments re too many images as it can equal a lot of ones download allocation if on a small cap -even though it appears you are resizing images as they all appear to be around 300 kb)

I also like the photo montages that have started to crop up…another way of putting in more images on the page in one image! Is this hand done or do you use software to recreate the multiple photos in one image? (with regards to the framing etc)

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shibuya246 January 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I am using Picasa to grab all my photos from the camera. I create new folder for each them I photographed. In Picasa you can easily recrop, sometimes straighten 😉 (my arm must not be straight), and then export the images to say 960px. Then I upload them to flickr. From flickr I get the html and paste that into wordpress.

The montages/collages are done in Picasa. It is super easy. I take off the normal css frame I put on photos for these collages.

The images on flickr are ok, but I always feel I want to see them bigger. Flickr is a bit limiting when it comes to displaying your work.

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