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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This is a bit of a change from our normal work. We were staying with Paul’s cousin Gro who has a beautiful garden in Oslo – and the sun shone the whole time. So, we had an excellent opportunity to experiment with some macro photography. Oh, and we have included some colour…
Close-up of a member of the onion family – allium.
I think this is actually a weed but I loved the structure and the colour.
This is the allium again.
Again, not sure what this bee is sipping his nectar from but it was an apian favourite.
Normal black and white service is resumed – this is the blue weed again, also a favourite with bees.
The pollen area that attracts the bees.
An onion in the vegetable garden.
Another close-up of the centre of a flower.
This one we recognised – the poppy.
Similarly, we could name this, the common dandelion.
As is this.
After all that photography, the well-placed deck chair was pretty inviting.
We paid a visit to Jupiter Artland, which is not far to the west of Edinburgh. Well worth a visit, with enough space for a decent walkabout and also an intriguing mix of art to see and explore both indoors and out. The were also some installation pieces by Tara Donovan as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival.
The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh isn’t far from where I live and are an excellent place to visit all year round. I’ve taken a series of monochrome images that give a winter impression, so here they are. If it is too cold for you, there’s always the glasshouses. Shot on a Fujifilm XE-2.
Over the past few weeks the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens have been opened up for some illuminated night walks. Our visit was fairly busy with families and their smaller members seemed to enjoy themselves based on volume of expression.
If I’d had a bit more time, I’d have done a few longer exposure shots, but, instead, stuck with picking out an impressionistic set to give a flavour of what it was like. That’s the arty way of saying I took some quick shots