We took a lot of photos on our 4 week trip across Japan so there will be a few blog posts to follow once we catch up with our processing.
We started in Tokyo and after a day trip to Nikko Park, we headed to Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) in the Japanese alps to see the snow monkeys. From there we travelled to Matsumoto before joining the ancient Nakasendo hiking trail, walking from Nagiso to Otsumago ending at Magome. We then continued by train to Takayama then Kanazawa and then Hiroshima. From there we went to Kyoto before travelling up Mount Koya and then ending with a few days in Osaka. Our itinerary mostly comprised places of which we knew little or nothing – and unless you’ve been there, you may feel the same. We hope that our blog posts and photos will help to bring these wonderful places alive – it will certainly indulge us as we relive that incredible month.
So, starting with Tokyo. We arrived, tired after our long flight but excited to explore. The drive to our hotel in the Tokyo bay area took us past some interesting architecture
and the view up the the river from our hotel was pretty impressive.
We loved the skyscrapers and high towers
but we also loved the contrasts of old and new for instance at Hamarikyu Gardens
and indeed, the narrow old streets of Golden Gai
and restaurants down dark alleys.
Walking about at night, the street scenes
and huge adverts reminded us of scenes from Bladerunner.
Perhaps this is what inspired Paul’s double exposure shots
He was also fascinated by the sculptural fire-escapes and their shadows
while Lynn’s attention was drawn to the lights.
We had a mix of weather over the trip including some rain in Tokyo allowing a few umbrella shots.
We hope you enjoy this first glimpse of our photos of Japan – next blog post will feature our photos of the people of Tokyo.
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We stayed at the excellent Finch Bay Eco-Hotel and had a variety of fantastic, well-organised trips to see the unusual wildlife and landscape. We had good guides, in particular Valentine, who was easy-going, yet knowledgeable and authoritative, plus a friendly team in the hotel led by yer man Carlos.
And her’s a shot from the Tortoise breeding programme to conserve the species endemic to the various islands. As you can see, this wee fella is tiny compared to the fully grown adult above.
And finally, walking out of the picture…
More to follow as I work through what I shot. In the meantime, you may want to look at these previous posts on Ecuador.
Update November 2014: The UKV Art project has closed down since this was posted, so if you would like a print of this, get in touch with me.
I’ve had a few more images selected for UKV Photo Art, which is encouraging. I must be doing something right.
Here’s another one of them, ‘Woolworth’, which shows an old Woolworths sign (minus the ‘s’) on a loading bay at the back of Lothian Road in Edinburgh. There is very little left of what was once a fixture in every high street. Click on the image below for information on how to buy a Photo Art print.
A bit more on the UKV Photo Art. This is a collaboration between a collective of UK and International photographers, digital artists and Paul Grundy of UKV Fine Art Printing to bring you the best high quality printed images. The editorial team review submissions to ensure high quality and there is a fine selection of Landscape, Seascape, People, Digital Art, Street and more categories.