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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 36

It’s been a while since the last time I posted some Instagram photos. I’ve actually started adding new photos, but I’m going to stop doing Japan photos soon. These votes are all about Japan photos, so any newer ones from Canada will not be included in these votes.

This time, there was a bit of a theme. A colour theme! You’ll see what I mean. Enjoy these pictures.

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:

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Mt Fuji, Tanzawa Mountains and big blue sky

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Purple!

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Blue!

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Green!

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Yellow!

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Orange!

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Red!

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Old Sotetsu train

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Preparing for demolition

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

Please leave a comment saying which ones you voted for and why. I like to know why people like what they like. Thanks!

A Familiar View Soon to Be a Memory

One of the schools I work at, my main school, I’ve been teaching for five and a half years. I’ve taken many pictures from that location over the years, especially sunsets. It’s a great view because I have a clear view of Mt. Fuji and the Tanzawa Mountains. Mt. Fuji was out this morning, but when I took this picture, it was no longer visible.

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Next week will be my last chance to see this view. I hope I get to see Mt. Fuji from there one last time.

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 35

It’s been more than a week since the last group, so here’s the next one. The previous one didn’t get nearly as many votes as usual, so I think it may have gotten lost in some people’s newsfeeds. Please check it out and vote if you haven’t done so.

This next group features some nighttime shots, daytime shots, and even a little experimentation with tilt-shift. I got some interesting results, and I hope you enjoy them.

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:

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Snowy Mt. Fuji and Tanzawa Mountains

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Wet, grey night

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Wet road reflection

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Tallest building in Tsurugamine

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European style building and cafe

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Converging lines

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Riverside exercise equipment

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Bus stop in Machida

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In front of Futamatagawa Station

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

 

Please leave a comment saying why you voted the way you did. I’m interested in knowing what you think. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 34

I recently announced that I’ll be closing my daily weather photo blog and will be returning to posting photos on Instagram. That means that there will be more than 62 groups. Sorry. But I’ll only be doing this series for photos I’ve taken in Japan. Anything posted after we’ve moved to Canada will not be included. So, there will be an end!

This time, you get plenty of photos involving the sky. There’s plenty of colour, and one that’s black and white. And yes, even a sunset. You’ll be seeing plenty of those in the future. So, enjoy these photos!

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!

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Glowing sunset

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Window

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Row of trees

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Venus and crescent moon at sunset

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Mt Fuji, crescent moon, and Venus at sunset

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Tokaido train Kiosk in Fujisawa station

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Double decker expressway in Yokohama

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Tallest building in Shonandai

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Old Sotetsu train's form of air conditioning

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Today's Mt. Fuji from the train

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

 

Please leave a comment saying why you chose what you chose. I’m always interested in seeing what people think of my photos. Thanks for voting!

Spectacular Mt. Fuji

A sunny day with clear air and a day off for all of us means a long walk to see Mt. Fuji. And that’s what we did. So, I’ll spare you the long-winded things called words and allow you to look at the pictures.

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One of the best views in the world, I think. What do you think? Did you enjoy the photos? What other places do you think are perfect for photographing? Let me know in the comments below.

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 29

We’re seeing some good pictures now. I really like some of the photos in this group. I hope you enjoy them, too. There isn’t really a theme here, but there are several colourful leaf photos.

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!

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Yellow ginkgo

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Mt Fuji and Tanzawa Mountains

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Today's Mt Fuji

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Total lunar eclipse Dec 10, 2011

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Shonan Monorail track

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Park path in late autumn

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Street in late autumn

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UFO?

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Cloudy reflection

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December morning river and shadow

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

 

Thanks for voting! Please leave a comment below with your choices and reasons for choosing them. I’d like to know what people’s tastes are.

A New Year in Japan – On the Train

The rest of our New Year is with the in-laws. What came next was a train ride. And this is the train we took.

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A closer look. It’s a Romance Car. It’s an express train with reserved seats with Odakyu.

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On the train, we got a view of Mt. Fuji.

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At Shinjuku, we changed trains to the Saikyo Line.

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On the train, my daughter fell asleep sitting up.

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And in Saitama, we could see Mt. Fuji again. But it’s a bit farther away.

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Coming up next is lunch!

A New Year in Japan – Sunrise at Enoshima

I think these pictures will speak for themselves. We successfully saw the sunrise at Enoshima this year. The clouds in the horizon made it even better.

The sun isn’t up yet.

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Here’s Enoshima.

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Some orange clouds on the horizon.

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And now Mt. Fuji.

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There’s the sun!

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Some reflection off the water.

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Wow! Looking good.

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More Mt. Fuji.

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A final look at Mt. Fuji.

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Goodbye, Enoshima!

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Next up is a quick breakfast while we wait for our train.

My Love-Hate Relationship With Being High

I love being high. But I also hate it. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m pretty sure you’re wrong. I’m talking about tall buildings and mountains, of course!

I like being at the top of this:

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Yokohama Landmark Tower, 297 metres tall.

And seeing this:

The view from Landmark Tower.
The view from Landmark Tower.

I love seeing the view from tall buildings and mountains. In Japan, we have Yokohama Landmark Tower in Yokohama, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (which is free and has a great view in Shinjuku), Sunshine 60 (a rooftop view from Ikebukuro), Tokyo Tower (looks like the Eiffel Tower), and Tokyo Skytree (tallest freestanding tower in the world at 634 metres). They all command amazing views of the cities they’re in.

In Edmonton, the city’s newest tallest building is under construction, Stantec’s headquarters, and will be 250 metres tall, the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto. I’m excited to see that.

But I also said mountains. I’ve been to the top of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Oyama (and will likely go there again in October), and Mt. Takao, all here in Japan. In Canada, the top of the Whistlers in Jasper afforded a wonderful view of the town.

But where’s the hate? Well, if I’m on a balcony, the edge of a cliff, or at the top of a building without a barrier, I don’t like leaning over the edge. I get an immediate feeling of pending doom. If there’s glass in the way, no problem. A balcony railing isn’t good enough to stop the feeling. But I’m fine with being at the top of a 3,776 metre mountain, which also happens to be a volcano.

How are you with heights?

Life in Japan: My Travels

I came to Japan to see it all. Did I? No, not at all.  But there are some things I am very happy to have seen.  This week’s question is from S. R. Carrillo. She asked many questions, didn’t she?

Where all have you traveled?

Odawara Castle in the rain with a couple cosplayers in front.
Odawara Castle in the rain with a couple cosplayers in front.

Surprisingly, I haven’t traveled very much in Japan. I live in Kanagawa, which is just south of Tokyo. I’ve also been to Tokyo, of course. The other prefectures I’ve been to are Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka.

In Kanagawa, I’ve lived in Yokohama, Kamakura, and now Fujisawa. I’ve also visited Odawara, Yokosuka, Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Isehara, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Zushi, Hayama, Miura, Oiso, and Yamato. I think the highlights are Kamakura (many temples and shrines), Odawara (castle pictured above), Fujisawa (with Enoshima), and Yokohama (technically the largest city in Japan).

In Tokyo, I’ve been mainly around the main city area, but I’ve also been to Machida and Hachioji (Mt. Takao).

In Saitama, I’ve been to Saitama, Warabi, Tokorozawa (for a baseball game), and Kawagoe (a city with many old buildings).

In Chiba, I’ve been mainly to Narita Airport.

In Yamanashi, I’ve been to Mt. Fuji.

In Shizuoka, I’ve also been to Mt. Fuji, but also Atami and the Izu Peninsula, which is famous for resorts and hot springs.

Out of all the places, I think my favourites would have to be Kamakura, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Mt. Fuji.

If you have any questions about living in Japan, please see the original post and leave your questions in the comments.