Posts Tagged ‘tokyo’

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.

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.

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…

Life in the post-apocalypse wasteland of Tokyo

March 28, 2011

Plenty of fresh fruit and veg

Reading some of the media reports over the past couple of weeks you’d think we were living in some kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland.

In the 2-3 of days immediately after the earthquake, it was difficult to get essentials like bread, milk, eggs, and rice, but there has always been plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Two weeks later, we can get the basics, but in limited amounts.

There has been a bit of a scare about contamination in the water, but that has pretty much passed now. The government’s warnings sparked a wave of panic-buying bottled water, which looks set to continue for a while. There’s been no bottled water in any of the shops near us for the past week or so. We’re just drinking the tap water and giving the kids bottled water that was sent by a friend in another part of Japan.

As for the rolling blackouts, they’ve been cancelled almost every day. We’ve only had two so far, and they were both shorter than planned.

At work they’ve introduced an electricity conservation policy which means we have to work shorter hours. I can live with that.

Overall, everything is almost back to normal.


January 20, 2011


As if the name of this train station were not amusing enough, the literal translation of the kanji is “arse hand”.

Morning commute

December 24, 2010

I recorded this video back in August. That day wasn’t particularly crowded on the Tōkaidō line – usually there are so many people cramming themselves into the train that the station staff have to push them in to get the doors closed.

This was my first effort at composing a video with iMovie. Still haven’t figured out how to make it export at full resolution. The clips were recorded in 720p HD, but the resulting video always comes out at 480.


April 26, 2010

Cocoon Tower, Shinjuku

I had a bit of a walk around in Shinjuku yesterday and took a few photos.

New advertising screens in Shinagawa station

April 9, 2010

Shinagawa station

They look pretty cool, but I can’t help thinking it’s an incredible waste of energy to keep these things running.

The cost of running them is quite likely covered by the advertising revenue that they generate, but still…

Worst Fish and Chips ever

August 18, 2009

"Fish and Chips"

The location: A relatively new Irish pub in the vicinity of Shinagawa station.

The “Fish and Chips”: Two pieces of fish, each not much larger than an average hashbrown, with approx. 10 chips, fresh out of the microwave, and served on a fake plasticy sheet of “newspaper” that was printed in French.

The price: Close to 1000 Yen.

The verdict: Won’t be going there again unless in dire need of a pint of Guinness.

Living by the river

February 25, 2009

A barge being towed on the Sumida river, Tokyo

After seeing several apartments that were beside busy roads, we found one by a river and thought it would be a lot quieter.

And it is. Except when these boats come past. Sometimes at 5am on Sunday mornings.

Ryu-Kyu style dining

February 23, 2009

Pork & boiled egg

Okinawan cuisine at 一会 (Ichikai ?) in Kabukichō, Shinjuku.

According to the restaurant page it’s 2 minutes from Shinjuku station’s east exit, but it took us the best part of an hour to find it, even with GPS navigation.

More pictures here: Ryu-Kyu Style Dining.


February 15, 2009

Apparently there’s a word in Japanese for the first storm of spring that brings the warm weather – Haruichiban (春一番).

Spring actually began a couple of weeks ago but until this weekend it’s still been quite bitterly cold.

On Friday evening the Haruichiban arrived, howling around the building making the windows rattle. Then yesterday it was surprisingly warm – almost warm enough to wear a t-shirt outside. It’s looking like it’ll be the same today.

Tokyo 7 day weather forecast

Unfortunately the weather forecast says the temperature is going to start to fall again on Tuesday, and then remain cold for the rest of the week.

Four walls (and six legs) to call your own

February 11, 2009

Houses in Japan can be rather strange. Take this one for example, with an extension built onto the side of the second floor and supported by a six-legged metal framework.

House with extension on stilts

See Penguin’s “Tokyo Surreal Estate” series for more examples of housing in Tokyo.


February 3, 2009

Today is Setsubun – the day before the beginning of spring. On this day the Japanese perform a mamemaki (bean scattering) ceremony to “cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come”.

Oni (demon) mask

A few photos here. We didn’t really do it properly – it’s a bit too cold to be standing outside having beans chucked at you. Should have done it this morning when it was lighter (for better pics) and a bit warmer.