When you live near the most populous metropolitan area in the world, it pays to get out and experience all there is to see, as often as you can. When that city is also just an hour’s train ride away, there is really little excuse not to go! As I am always finding out, Tokyo is a city I will likely never be able to see all of during my stay here in Japan. Its sheer size and density makes planning out a day trip all the more difficult. Nowadays, when I do go to Tokyo, there is rarely a specific place in mind I try to go to. Instead, based on the weather conditions and local happenings, I vaguely plan my route as I am on the train ride over!
Whew! Seems like with every passing day I am getting further and further behind in my personal photographic work. The files just keep piling on, while I can’t find the time to edit and post up the shots! I have to admit that this is a great problem to have, though, especially given my photographic drought in 2015.
Up for posting today is day two of my photographic journey in the Kansai region, specifically my time in Osaka at the Rice Planting Festival (Otaue Shinji) and a brief stop at the majestic Osaka Castle. For more information on the rice planting festival and its history, please see this link. Since I already made the fortunate mistake of arriving to Sumiyoshi-Taisha a day before the festival, I had a decent mental map of the area to navigate the grounds easily among all the visitors and performers. Note: a video recapping much of the festival’s events will be near the bottom of this post. Continue Reading
The spirit and tone of sightseeing varies greatly depending on who you are with, the weather of the day, as well as whether or not you brought a camera along. The last time I visited Kamakura, my camera gear had not yet arrived to Japan. Granted, it was also December, and a little too cold14 to be holding a camera all day. For a long time, I wanted to go back to this historically significant city and take a closer look around with my trusty camera in tow. Continue Reading
As I have mentioned a couple times in previous posts, one of the biggest perks I was looking forward to experiencing in the Navy was the chance to visit other countries on assignment in addition to thoroughly exploring Japan in my free time. Well, after last week, I now can double the countries I have set foot in!…(yes, that leaves just the U.S. and Japan as the others…) Continue Reading
Before heading out into uncharted territory, it is often best to slow down and take a walk around your immediate area to see what photographic opportunities might be right outside your door. In my case, living in Yokosuka, there are a decent number of places within walking distance to scope out photographs. One of these places happens to be Mikasa Park, located a mere five minute walk from the Yokosuka Naval Base. Continue Reading
(Photo Story posts contain mostly streams of photographs with little technical information on the photos themselves. At the bottom of the page you will find camera and lens information/specific shooting conditions)
Sometimes it can be difficult to simply “get out there” when there’s still a nip of cold in the air and you’re still trying to heal some busted knees. However, Spring’s arrival is just one of those times that can’t be skipped. In Japan, the blooming of Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) marks the end of Winter, and brings out droves of people to enjoy the sights and smells of the delicate flowering trees. Continue Reading
If it isn’t graduate school…it’s another thing. It seems life just gets in the way for me to be able to make enough time for photography, my secondary (but still huge) passion next to music. When it comes down to it though, I have to make choices that satisfy my desire to perform first, and my work in much of undergraduate school and especially graduate school has led me to pursue performance opportunities in trombone.
Well…I have finally found my opportunity! Earlier this year I auditioned for the U.S. Navy music program, and got the acceptance call only a few weeks later! I am currently in basic training in Great Lakes, IL (writing this post beforehand to schedule!) and will not have access to a camera (or even my horn) until at least mid-/late-August. The MU program should have tons of performance gigs for me regardless of what fleet band I eventually get placed in later this year, but what also excites me almost as much as the playing is that I may get stationed just about anywhere in the world! Of course I would like Hawaii, Italy, Japan, for the chance to experience other cultures and play in such unique settings. But even in other parts of the U.S. where I may get placed, I’ll also have access to a whole different view of America for my photography pursuits.
Here’s to hoping that I can still continue my photography in freelance later this year, or at the very least, as a serious hobby I never plan to give up! I will make sure to respond to all comments and emails once I have access to a computer again. Thank you to all my readers for sticking with me and for your patience as I go through a huge transition over the next couple months!