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 spent 3 days in an incredibly hot Oslo recently. As you can see from this shot, the sun was strong and created good shadows.
Both of us were captivated by the Royal Opera House opened in 2008. It has lots of sloping areas for sun-worshipers to spread themselves across and is of course, ideal for urban snappers.
The lines and angles drew us both and we took many, many shots.
We took full advantage of the glass which provided some interesting reflections.
This shot is of Paul lining up a shot (in his summer hat!) and his cousin Gro, having a seat and lining up a shot of her own.
I like the half shadow across Gro on this one.
Lynn in her summer hat.
The glint of sunlight and the retro feel drew paul’s eye to this boat.
Snapper snapped snapper again.
And vice versa.
Statue of Jens Olav Walaas Selvaag, a Norwegian engineer with an interest in designing affordable housing. I don’t think those flats surrounding him would be regarded as affordable, even by Norwegian standards but some interesting architecture.
Just outside the stylish Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, located in Aker Brygge and designed by Enzo Piano, we found this sculpture surrounded by lines and shadows.
So did someone else.
Inside the Astrup fearnley, art lovers against a window out onto the Oslo Fjord.
We didn’t find out why there were various South American music and dance groups parading round but we enjoyed the lively sounds – and colours!
I took this one from the window on the plane on the way home – the sun setting over a fjord opening out onto the North sea.
I managed a sneak preview as they were setting up and testing today so have not yet experienced the full show with the lights sequenced to original music to make the figures appear to move. This sounds like something not to be missed!
Some of the figures look like rugby players which may reflect the upcoming Rugby 6 Nations – could this be Stuart Hogg preparing for Saturday’s clash against the auld enemy?
Or perhaps basketball players here…
Or even the Thin White Duke making his moves…
These ones look more like gymnasts.
This will no doubt be clearer when animated.
Scottish country dancing maybe?
2 stick-people chilling while watching the dancing.