Tokyo View with Sky Tree in HDR

July 11, 2012

Tokyo HDR

I’m still alive; just not finding much time to upload photos to Flickr and write blog posts.

Here’s an HDR shot that I took late last year from the top of an apartment building in Edogawa, looking towards the Tokyo Sky Tree.


Goodbeer Faucets

February 8, 2012

Goodbeer Faucets, Shibuya

Goodbeer Faucets in Shibuya. 40 real ales on tap.

2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Foot Pee!

November 24, 2011

Foot Pee!

The mind boggles…

Working late

November 14, 2011


Recently I’ve been working quite late, but one day last week managed to get out of the office while it was still light outside.

Special Event PORK

November 14, 2011

Special Event PORK

Special Event PORK at Dean & Deluca.

Tokyo Tower

August 15, 2011

Tokyo Tower

Some photos from around Tokyo Tower. I didn’t go up the tower itself because there was a big queue and I didn’t want to wait…

Japan visa renewal does not include re-entry permit renewal

August 14, 2011

When I renewed my visa I naively assumed that it included an extension of the re-entry permit.

I didn’t find out that this is not the case until I was at Narita airport going through passport control.

Passport control officer: “So, you’re not coming back to Japan?”
Me: “Of course I’m coming back, I’m only going on vacation.”
Passport control officer: “So where’s your re-entry permit? This is expired.”
Me: “Here it is look, I renewed it in April.” *points to the new visa*
Passport control officer: “This is your visa. You also need a new re-entry permit!”
Me: %$!*

Luckily they issued one at the airport, but only for a single entry. I have to go back to the immigration centre to get a new multiple re-entry permit.

Summer holiday

August 14, 2011

Sunny everywhere else but here!

While we were back in the UK for 3 weeks, we spent a week down on the south west coast in Devon (Paignton, Brixham, Sidmouth).

Photos: Holiday in Devon


June 28, 2011


At the weekend we went to Kamakura to see the Daibutsu (“big Buddha”).

It wasn’t as big as we expected. A bit disappointing, really.

More photos.

Earth / Arse

June 8, 2011


In Japanese, the word “earth” when written in Katakana sounds the same as “arse”.


June 6, 2011


A peacock at Yumemigasaki Zoo Park.

Silkworm Cocoons

May 10, 2011

Silkworm Cocoons

I can’t comment on how they tasted, because I didn’t actually try them.

ATM opening times

April 14, 2011

SMBC card service hours

The ATM near my house only allows cash withdrawals between 8am and 11pm on weekdays.

At other times it only allows credit card transactions, with a fee.

This is really annoying.

Japan visa renewal

April 8, 2011

My visa expires next month so I went on Google to find out what forms I need to fill in. Annoyingly most of the hits are to forum discussions and professional visa application services, but not to the actual information on the immigration service website.

Eventually I found them, and hopefully if I post the links here it’ll help anyone else who is looking for the same information in the future: