It was not the best year for Hanami this year (2015) and I almost missed it. I did manage to grab a few pics of some left-over flowers. Enjoy!
While my father was visiting Japan last month we took a trip to Kyoto and Nara. It was nice to just wander around at our own pace, enjoy the ambiance and snap a few photos. We visited some place that I have been before and a few new ones. Kyoto is a great place to just explore, and unlike most Japanese cities it is quite friendly to navigate, having those fancy named streets laid out in square blocks 😉 I do look forward to going back again sometime, perhaps in the spring or the fall.
It is August here in Japan and that means that it is now festival season. There are many types of festivals, some for religious reason, some for sporting events and others just to blow fireworks up. Not really being one for large crowds of packed sweaty trains, I tend to avoid most of the big festivals in Tokyo but I still enjoy seeing the lights and other arrangements made to liven things up. Last night while Yoko and I wandered towards home we noticed that one of the local shrines, Hakusan Shrine Nerima (練馬区の白山神社) was just shutting down for the night. I liked having a chance to just enjoy the beautiful lanterns in peace.
I tend to pick up photography on occasion and go with it for a while, often as seasons change (for spring blossoms or fall leaves) and when I go travelling, but sometimes I just take it up just for the sake of enjoying the medium. I am fond of a casual snapshot style that grabs moments of my daily life or of things that appear to me. Lately I have really been into casual snapshots both with my Fujifilm Finepix X100 and my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I also grab pictures with my iPhone when out on rides but I really do prefer to use one of my other cameras when I have a chance.
I hope that you will enjoy this small collection of recent photos!
Today Yoko and I decided to go and check out the flowers at Shinjuku Gyoen (新宿御苑). Hanami has come a bit early in 2013, and it looked like it has already passed its peak in the park. Although it was not too crowded, it was not really the best day for wandering around and taking photos as the weather was both overcast and bright. I did get a few nice shots of some of the flowers in the park. I hope that you can enjoy them!
I have always loved animals of all kinds, and have also felt a bit saddened by seeing animals caged, regardless of how well treated and how important it can be to raise support for animal awareness. Conversely, I am always happy to see creatures that I would otherwise have little or no opportunity to see with my own eyes. Please enjoy some of the photos I took at the Ueno Zoo, the Sunshine Aquarium and the Natural History Museum in Tokyo.
Although the leaves are not necessarily as dramatic this year as usual due to the strange weather, there were still some nice fall scenes at Shinjuku Gyoen this year.
The weather was nice, so Yoko and I headed out to Mount Takao (near Tokyo). Although it was not quite the right time to see the hillsides covered in trees in fall foliage, it was still a nice hike.
Yoko had a day off so we decided to enjoy the end of the summer weather and wander in Asakusa. It was a nice day to just walk around.
This year, for the first time, I went to Hokkaido when it was not the dead of winter. Here are a few photos from the trip.