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November 2, 2012

People Pics Competition

A fun photo competition hosted by Holiday Extras and judged by Melvin at Traveldudes may just help me win that iPad 2 I’ve been after! Or a wallet full of travel vouchers from Thomas Cook! Here’s hoping! Two of my favourite Harajuku shots taken on a Sunday afternoon, show the cosplay and fantasy that young Japanese […]

June 18, 2012

Photos 10 & 11 – Free Art Giveaway!

Today I’m posting one of my favourite street shots from Tokyo.  Japan is such a fascinating and photogenic place and probably the place that inspires my photographic eye the most! If you would like to have an original print of this photo (4″x 6″) sent to you or a friend by mail for free leave […]

December 8, 2011

Seeing Self-Expression in Tokyo

I love Tokyo for it’s people-watching, societal rules, busyness, conformity and attempts at self-expression. One of the best places to observe this self-expression in teenagers is in Harajuku, a common area outside Harajuku station, at the opening of Yoyogi Park and adjacent to Takeshita-dori, a Japanese teenager’s shopping haven. Each Sunday is a sight to […]

March 30, 2011

For Japan ♥

For the first time in a long while (ever?), I’ve decided to let readers in on my job. Some of you might know, I work in marketing at a private language school; the student-base is all international, college-age students and I’m fortunate enough to travel to many places for work. Over the years I have […]

October 17, 2009

Ten Thousand Ways to Flush a Toilet in Tokyo

As much as I love Japan, it perplexes me. Even in my most private of moments, I am absolutely baffled. While discussing embarrassing Japanese toilet moments, I assured my Osaka friend, that I could easily write about Japanese “comfort stations”. You can find some of the most basic and most complex toilets in the world […]

October 2, 2009

The Amber Lion

Whenever I go to Tokyo I visit my good friend, Akitaka Yamada, who owns a vintage clothing store in western Tokyo. I’ve known Aki for a couple of years now and he is actually a former student from the school where I work in Vancouver. Aki has 2 vintage clothing shops in Tokyo: 7th Heaven […]