Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31.10.2012 - mobile photos.

since my last blog post
    •    skyped with Josie for almost 3 hours. Love her.
    •    went back to work, not to bad.
    •    talked to Magnus a lot. Really, a lot. Love him, too.
    •    had an older japanese business man stopped me on the train and tell me, in a relatively confusing mix of japanese and english, how much he liked The Clash since he could hear them through my headphones.
    •    hurt my back, not sure what I did but it's caused me to miss two days of aikido at Hombu. It feels better now, so hopefully it'll be good for a while!
    •    perfected my 6 ingredient/no oven vegan cookies. Boom.

Happy Halloween/last day of October.

That's all I can think of, enjoy these mobile phonetos (get it?) from september and october, since I haven't shot anything interesting since I came back from Nikko.


all my notes are a mess of english, japanese, and random lines connecting things.

debatable selling point

shibuya by night

so good man, so good.



Cat Street at 6.45 in the morning.

I laughed out loud.

makes you want to shop there right?

the farmer's market gives me everything I need.

killing time before work

matcha, the most horrible tea.

last meal in october


I hope you all have a good day and a pleasant tomorrow, all!

Friday, October 26, 2012

27.10.2012 - two days in Nikko National Park


I took the train in Nikko, arriving at about 12.30.

I may disagree, but it seemed fitting.

my collection of self portraits in public bathrooms grows daily.

Left my backpack at the hostel I was staying at and went and walked around the various temples and shrines, including the intense walk up something like 400 stairs to see the final resting place of  shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Really beautiful!

sleeping cat, which is terribly famous.

where his actual ashes are.

walked back through Nikko to my hostel where I read my book & drank tea for a bit in the cafe below it.

happiest chihuahuas in all japan


Talked to a lady from Brussels for a while and we ended up going to take late night photos of Nikko (well, I took the photos, she chatted with me.) and having dinner together (just grocery store takeout sushi, turns out Nikko basically shuts down at about 6.)

nikko JR station

the hostel


This morning BL (brussels lady, I never actually learned her name.) got the 6.15 bus to Lake Chuzenji, we went all the way to Ryuzu Falls.

sunrise in Nikko

going up into the mountains

first look at Lake Chuzenji

From there we went our separate ways, never to see each other again! So dramatic.

Ryuzu Falls

I took the bus farther up the mountain to the Sanjogahana Moor. Most beautiful place, I love a good moor.

Walked around there for a bit, went over to Senjoghara Plain and ate some chips for breakfast since at this point it was only like 10 in the morning.

Then I took a bus part way back down the mountain and walked back to the bus station that would take me back to Nikko.

This took me about 3 hours since it was a long walk dawn half the mountain and around the lake and I stopped to take heaps of photos + a few snack breaks.

this is all technically part of Ryuzu Falls

I also did something I almost never do, which is take self portraits in front of people!

I took all these, and in the last photo you can see where I was in relation to probably a hundred people over the course of the time I was there. Loads of people stopped to watch me and take photos of me and I just kept on going, pretty proud of myself honestly.

as those people are walking towards a massive carpark, just adding to the number of people.

On the train back to Tokyo I sat next to two men who got progressively drunker as time went past, it was awesome. No, really. They were funny and talked to me in Japanese and offered me scotch and sake (they were alternating) and little buns with fermented black beans in them and showed me their vacation photos and were super entertaining.

Made a 5 minute turnaround at my house and went to meet David & Rawleigh for dinner in Roppongi. They're from Bermuda, and David knows my grandmother.
Anyway, I'd never met them but they're both very nice, it was a really good way to end the day.
We went to this amazing Japanese place, everyone yelled a lot and all the food was in front of you and you ordered and they cooked it right there and it was awesome and entertaining as can be.
I pounded rice with the stick with a guy to make mochi, which I am the biggest fan of.
We ate these little tiny fried crabs, where you eat the whole thing like delicious chips; the most amazing yellow fin tuna I think I've ever had; some hairy crab, which was good! to my surprise I really rather enjoyed it; and tons of wonderfully cooked vegetables.

Unfortunately I didn't have anything to take photos with, but David had his iPhone and sent me these, so y'all get to see it!

making mochi, like a boss.

we're the three death staring at the camera.

hope you all have a good day and a pleasant tomorrow!