Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shinjuku Crossing

While in Tokyo I wanted to capture the business of the city. Because my tripod is a heavy beast I didn't carry my tripod with. Besides, Tokyo involves a lot of walking and a lot of brushing shoulders with other pedestrians, so lugging around a tripod on your back makes life difficult. Try navigating a busy subway while twisting sideways so you dont 'collect' people with your tirpod as you go.

I climbed up on a garden at the Shinjuku crossing and captured a series of images of people crossing. Then I turned them to the gif you see below. I wished I had my tripod but beggars cant be choosers.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Harajuku, A place of wonder and amusement...

So, we were wondering through the park near Harajuku and saw a lot of people having fun. People dancing with friends, others playing music and mates just hanging out.

We also wandered through the Tokyo Earth Day, which was cool too.

Then there was this guy... He was a man/plushie of few words but was more than happy to pose. We spotted the cos-play outfit from a few hundred meters away so I readied my Canon and my Japanese phrases.

It was the first time I attempted my "shashin o tote mo ii desu ka", that's "is is ok if I take your photo?". Before I could even get to "mo ii" he was rummaging excitedly through a nearby suitcase full of anime stickers and puppets of various persuasions.
Then, while I quickly recovered from shock and a mild urge to run, he/she/plushie struck this pose:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Auckland Photo Day 2012

Yesterday, June the 9th, was Auckland Photo day. The idea was to take a photo that represents your day in Auckland.

After working on our house I wandered down to the local dairy and snapped a few shots:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Miyajima and the floating shrine

From Japan Guide:

"Miyajima is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. Miyajima is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on top of the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views.
While officially named Itsukushima, the island is more commonly referred to as Miyajima, Japanese for "shrine-island". This is because the island is so closely related to its shrine, Itsukushima Shrine, in the public's mind. Like the torii gate, the shrine's main buildings are built over water."

We stayed a little way up the island in the Momiji so Ryokan. It was run by a husband and wife and old lady  who were very sweet!

It was nice to stay a bit off the tourist trail too, not so busy and very quiet, apart from the monkeys running around on the roof at night. The udon we had for lunch was really tasty too!!

Geta at Momiji so:

Our room at the Ryokan:

On the walk up to the Ryokan we crossed this stream:

After a good sleep we hiked to the top of the island...

...ok we hiked 10 minutes to the gondola which hauled us up for some amazing views:

We weren't so lazy that we took the gondola down as well. We trekked our way down the mountain back to the Ryokan

On the way down there are some great views and picturesque scenery:

Once back down at sea level we explored the temple / shrine. Its built on piles that sit in the sand.

From the shrine you can look out onto the famous Torii over the beach

Even monks need alcohol... and a lot of it if you go by these Sake barrels:

At the shrine we saw a traditional theatre in use. This was very popular, although we couldnt understand much and it seemed very heavy on dialogue (as it seems most Japanese Theatre is)

On closer inspection of the floating Torii (sitting in the sand of the beach) you can see (sea, haha puns are cool) people have shoved coins into the crack for good luck:

How convenient, someone left these flat rocks for us to walk over the trickle of sea water:

On the island are a few temples and Japanese cultural icon thingies. Up above the floating shrine is this open hall and a pagoda.
I have no idea what this copper thign is but its very cool. It could be some kind of compass (the inner wheel is directions)

The floating Temple at high tide

The famous Torii (gate) at high tide: