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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 43

On to the next group! This one contains a lot of green and water, but there’s more, too. Looking through these photos gives me a lot of nostalgic feelings. I’ll be back there again! Anyway, which photos do you like?

The rules are simple. I post 10 of my Instagram photos every few days, and you get to vote on your favourites. It’s multiple choice, so please vote for 2 to 4 photos (3 is ideal). Leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. The poll comes after the photos.

Here are the photos:

Enoshima coast

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Little splash

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Looking across Sagami Bay

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Flowers in spring

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Bright green

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Tokaido Line T

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Under the umbrella

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Bus in the rain

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Vivid green Isshikigawa

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Hawks at Yuigahama Beach

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And now the vote. Please vote for your favourite photos (ideally 3, but anywhere between 2 and 4):


Thanks for all the votes! Please let me know what you voted for and why. I look forward to seeing your opinions.


Blooming Edmonton

After eleven years in Japan, I’ve often thought April is a kind of pseudo-winter in Edmonton. It’s been quite a while since I experienced the prairie spring. But it’s been quite warm this year. And today, I saw this:

Pink flowers on a tree. It looks kind of like a cherry, but they don’t bloom until May here. I’m not sure what it is. Any ideas?

I also saw this:

I wonder what happened here. A rock? A fight? A punch? A drunken stumble?

Signs of Spring

It may only be early February, but that’s when the signs of spring appear in the Tokyo area of Japan. This morning, we went for a walk to see Mt. Fuji, but it was too hazy.


So we focused on what was around us. We were near the Fujisawa campus of Keio University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan, and we were able to enjoy nature.


The Kawazu cherry trees have started blooming, and we were also greeted by some mejiro, or Japanese white-eye.



We were also surprised by a red-roofed shrine, Utsumochi Shrine.



The cherry trees weren’t the only things blooming. The Japanese plum trees continue to bloom, too.


This week is going to warm up significantly. On average, February is the coldest month here. However, the forecast for Saturday is 18 degrees and cloudy. Valentine’s Day will be a balmy 23 degrees and rainy. Very surprising!

Are you stuck in the middle of winter, or is spring beginning to show itself where you live? Or are you in summer in the Southern Hemisphere?

Birds and Flowers – Today’s Marathon Walk

Today, we went for a walk to Izumi-chuo Station in Izumi Ward, Yokohama. We walked 17.8 km, and were treated to a lot of flowers and birds. The Japanese plum trees are blooming, and the Kawazu cherry trees are beginning to bloom. It’s like spring! So, enjoy the pictures and video.

This first picture is a Kawazu cherry tree that’s beginning to bloom. We will be going to Izu in Shizuoka prefecture later this month to see them in full bloom.


The flowers currently in bloom (nearly full) are the Japanese plum, or more correctly, the Japanese apricot. This tree has white blossoms.


And here are the first birds we saw. They’re great egrets. My wife saw about ten of them on this tree yesterday.


We walked past Engyou Hachimangu shrine early in our walk. I’ve been by this shrine so many times. I also did a video about it, which you can see here.


We made it to Engyou Park, and enjoyed the plum blossoms. Here are some bright pink ones.


And this is a deep pink one. Can you believe this was taken with an iPhone?


In this tree, we got to see a group of three mejiro, or Japanese white-eye. They’re a green bird that we can often see.


Here’s a mejiro with a commercial jet.


I was able to get a video of a couple of mejiro. However, the second one flew away just as I was starting to record it.

In the same park, there’s a bamboo grove. I love bamboo.


We walked for a while and entered Yokohama. This is Yumegaoka Station, one of my favourites, although it’s rather quiet and has a lack of houses around it. However, it has a wonderful view of Mt. Fuji.


And near Izumi-chuo Station, I saw this tree. Weird.


I took all of these pictures and the video with my iPhone. Better quality than my old digital camera.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures and video. Comments are always welcome.