Mountain Day 2016

Japan’s New National Holiday

Happy Mountain Day, 2016! If you don’t know already, today — Thursday, 11 August, 2016 — is the first-ever Mountain Day national holiday here in Japan.

That’s what today’s image on Google Japan is all about, if you didn’t know https://www.google.co.jp/

TBH, though R. has the day off work and school hasn’t yet started, we don’t have plans to do anything specific to celebrate. We figure we already spend a lot of time in the mountains – in fact we’re just back from our summer trip to the Canadian Rockies! – and besides, it’s uncomfortably hot on main-island Honshu in August. Besides, summer is a busy time in Japan, and the mountain trails and huts will be crowded with students and tourists and other holiday-makers.

We prefer to do our own thing, at our own pace🙂 We’ll celebrate the mountains we’ve been blessed with in our own way, as we always have…

Meantime, here’s Kachou Fuugetsu “Flower Bird Wind Moon:” a gallery of pictures from our outdoor adventures in Japan

 

Omoshiroi Mono Fine Art Photos from Japan

Omoshiroi mono “interesting stuff” photo gallery created on 5oopx.

I added five photos — originally taken on film back in 2015 — from neighbouring Saitama, Japan to the new gallery Omoshiroi Mono: Fine Art Photos from Japan at 500px.

Back in the Big Sushi… What’s with this Weather?!?

Summer travel blogs and photos

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Berg Lake

Just to say, I returned to – an extended rainy season in – Tokyo from my summer trip to Canada late last week, and I’m currently posting blogs to Exit Booted and photos to Instagram from our backpacking trip on the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

Check out pictures on Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/tokyoaaron/?hl=en

Or follow the story as I continue to post it on Exit Booted   https://exitbooted.wordpress.com/tag/berg-lake-trail/

Tokyo Photo Drift: Kichijoji

Hibana: Spark in Kichijoji

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Kichijoji

Netflix’s first-ever Japanese TV mini-series “Hibana: Spark,” a comedy-drama about a small group of struggling comedians in Tokyo, is getting decent reviews on imdb.com (8.9 out of 10 stars), though considerably less well on the Japanese edition of Netflix itself (2 out of 5 stars). I dunno: my jury’s still out, if that makes sense. On the one hand, I kind of like Kamiyasan’s rebel-without-a-cause, art-for-art’s sake character, and his ambiguous relationship with Makisan is intriguing. On the other hand, I’m not a big fan of manzai-style comedy, and a lot of the routines just don’t do much for me.

In any case, one of the biggest surprises about the show is the locations: a lot of the scenes are shot in K

ichijoji and nearby Kami Shakuji: R. lived in the latter when we first dated, and we both still spend a lot of time in the former. In fact, I was there today, and took the chance to shoot some rainy day pictures of the Harmonika Yokocho eating and drinking alley which figures prominently in Hibana, as well as some pictures of the new station building.