Friday, April 30, 2010

Japan Railwayman, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

I couldn't fit this is to my little selection of candid shots based on wot people do in Japan, because I am not sure wot he was doing. He works for Japan Railways, and appeared to be photographing the railways tracks at Ishikawacho station.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wot people do in Japan

Go to work

Be samurai

Ride bicycles

Take photos

Do gardening

Worship dragons

Climb mountains


Sakura at kenrokuen, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Cherry blossom was all over a while ago, but it took me all this time to decide which picktur to blog. This one is from my new girlie-weight "full-frame" camera. ...a Nikon N80.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Took my ace wide-angle lens* up the mountains at the weekend, which enabled me to photograph the local architecture - mountain huts

[*Tokina 11-16mm]


Monday, April 26, 2010

Yesterday sister-in-law Helen had another last day in Japan. We spent much of it gawping at Fuji-san.


Friday, April 23, 2010

boke - flowering quince, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Time for some more flowers. Red stuff comes out really rubbish on my digital camera. I knew there was no way I'd get the blood red petals of our little boke bush to look sharp. Even with lots of underexposure, red come out kind noisy and fuzzy looking. So instead I decided to just let go and make everything noisy and fuzzy. Did this my cranking the iso up to 1600 and the focal length to 300mm. I think the result is quite interesting....especially viewed small from a distance :-)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

The trunk of the ginkgo tree which has been on display at Hachimangu since the tree fell down, was tonight wrapped up and lifted by crane onto the back of a very large truck. I wonder where it is going...


azalea, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Number 3 in the series "the toxic waste part of town where we work".
Numbers 1 and 2, here and here.

It's raining all day today, and the steerer of the tandem refused. That's him in the distance. The azaleas are just outside our workplace. While the flowers are bright, it is no where near enough that one could say they "brighten up" the dismal surroundings, even though I hope the illusion caused by this wide-angle photograph may lead you to think otherwise.

I wonder if I could make even better illusions with one of these...?


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

fish on a stick, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

While enjoying your luncheon of a great big squiddy on a plate don't forget to leave room for a little fish-on-a-stick-dessert.

The problem with fish-on-a-stick is that it is often not gutted. The bitter gutty taste contaminates the whole fish and makes it taste quite horrible.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

squid lunch on Enoshima, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Happy to report that my digestion is now fully recovered from this delicious luncheon, consumed a mere 10 days ago.

[Historical accuracy note: My main meal was a whole raw horse mackerel, while the photo is of sister-in-law's squid, which I helped her finish.]


Monday, April 19, 2010

Kamakura cherry blossom, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

A street near our house.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crab apple (kaidou) flowers at about the same time as cherry blossom. A few temples in Kamakura have special kaidou trees, although many trees can be spotted in gardens once you know what you are looking for: hot pink buds and distinctive groups of leaves behind the clusters of blossom. The blossom in this picture was just about the first to open on one of two feature trees positioned in front of the main temple building at Myohonji .


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Deva gate, Myohoji, originally uploaded by

Myohoji was Nichiren's base, from where he went street preaching in Kamakura. While the front garden and buildings of the temple seems normal enough, behind the Deva gate is a damp dilapidated world of green whose centrepiece is a very green staircase.

Moss stairs, Myohoji, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.


Friday, April 16, 2010

What with all the tour guiding, we saw a lot of cherry blossom this year. Unfortunately for the inlaws, it was not such a good season as last year. Not only were the skies rather grey, but the unreasonably cold weather prevented the flowers from blossoming simultaneously. Nevertheless, many people enjoyed cherry blossom viewing.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Helen, my tall sister in law, is very good at spotting birds. Here is one she found yesterday on the Hakone side of Myojin ga take. Japanese white-eyes are fairly common here, but this was bigger, browner, with a bright yellow beak and different shaped spectacles.

Does any one have any idea what it is?

Update 16/04/2010: It's a Hwamei or Melodious Laughingthrush. Thanks to andrewt.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Motorbike in Matsumoto, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.



Monday, April 12, 2010

chihuahuas, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.


[Yamashita Park, Yokohama]


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Matsumoto Castle, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

In daylight this time.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Matsumoto Castle, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

Experimenting with life as tour guides. Perhaps we won't give up the day jobs quite yet. Here is Matsumoto castle, which is very nice. The only other place in Japan that I've seen such a high proportion of white people as in Matsumoto, is on Mount Fuji. We have travelled through Matsumoto railway station many times on mountain climbing trips, but have never before passed beyond the ticket barrier. Tomorrow another first - we hire a car - thanks to James' recent acquisition of a license.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Mini Magnolia, originally uploaded by julesberry2001.

After a few days of in-law visitation one may start to feel a little frazzled.


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