When I travelled in to Japan, one thing that totally surprised me was the food. When it comes to food, and so much else, Japan seems to have taken the best of what the world offers and improved on it. Do you like milkshakes? Then you will enjoy the heavenly Sakura shake, a cherry-flavoured frozen custard delight. Do you like pancakes? Then you might completely bliss out when you try Okonomiyaki, which can have many different ingredients. Do you like street food?… READ MORE
Archives for February 2019
Tokyo is a big city. In fact, it’s the largest city in the world, although Delhi is expected to surpass it over the next decade. The city is so spread out that it has 18 subway/train lines, plus the famous Shinkansen, linking the cities at super-fast speeds. So I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the complexity and chaos of this crowded city.
The first thing I need to say is that there rarely seems to be chaos. As you can imagine, it can be quite overwhelming for first-time visitors, as we stumble our way way through the maze of streets and railway platforms.… READ MORE
My photo tour finished up yesterday, and I have thousands and photos and memories and things I could say about this fascinating country. In the past week, I have seen a tiny bit of Tokyo, stayed in two traditional Ryokan (inns), walked an icy mountain path to see snow monkeys, and travelled on numerous trains through cities and countryside. And I’ve eaten — oh I could do a whole post on the food alone, what a dining experience this has been!
At the moment, I am staying in Tokyo for an additional three nights so I can explore some more of the city on my own, so the adventure continues.… READ MORE
Konnichi wa! For the past six months, I have been thinking about my upcoming trip to Japan. And I have been shopping, so this post is as much about stuff as sights. I leave in three days and I am ready!
One of the first things I wanted to do was learn a few words of Japanese, so I could say hello and thank you. Before we went to Cuba last spring, I studied Spanish and discovered that having a teeny tiny grasp of the language was really helpful!… READ MORE
Photographers are often advised to focus exclusively on one or two types of photography to enable them to brand themselves and become known for a particular style. Many successful photographers specialize in weddings or babies or pets or flowers or wildlife or abstracts or trains or… the list goes on.
I struggle with this advice. I had been thinking I would focus on street photography. As well as an occasional portrait. And I also love landscapes. And here are a few black-and-white nature images I have made recently, which are a whole different style again. So never mind the categories – I am going to follow my photographic muse wherever she leads!… READ MORE