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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 39

Now things start to get more difficult. In group 39, some of these photos I feel are improving in quality. And in future groups, I think the voting will get even more difficult. Be prepared!

This set of photos involves more buildings, weather, and outdoors. Enjoy!

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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Angled architecture

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Spring is coming – ume

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No rain, but a bit foggy

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Into the fog

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Warm Terrace Mall Shonan lights

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Looking up!

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Building demolished

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Rainy reflection

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Minato Mirai evening

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Framed

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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 with your reasons for voting the way you did.

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 38

I’ve finished adding Japan photos to Instagram, so it’ll be capped at 63 groups for the first round. Once we finish group 63, we’ll move on to the second round, which will be randomly sorted photos that passed the first round. It’ll basically be the same format.

But now, on to the 38th group. This time, you get to see trains, buildings, and darkness. Enjoy!

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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¥100 only

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Sotetsu train car 7

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Marker in the station

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Sotetsu Shonandai Station Staff

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Hina Matsuri is today

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Cyclist in the fog

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Remember 311

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Venus and Jupiter meeting

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Venus and Jupiter up close

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Walkways in the sky

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

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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!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 32

I think this is a difficult group to choose from. I have a difficult time with this one. I think this is one of my best sets so far. Plenty of architecture, and even some black and white photos. I really like some of these. I hope you can choose!

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!

Wako Building, Ginza

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Ginza at night

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Chuo-dori Ginza

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Not my train

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Wall of light

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Odakyu Fujisawa Station

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Clouds, moon and wires

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Sunlight raining from the clouds

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Shonandai Station

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Tunnel near Tsujido

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

 

I hope you enjoyed this group. I love some of these photos. Let me know which ones you voted for and why in the comments below. Thanks!

Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 31

We’re getting to the halfway point now. This time, you’re going to start to see plenty of architectural photos. This group and next group have some famous places. I hope you 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!

Happy New Year

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Cormorants on wires

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Going to Atsugi Base

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Wavy clouds

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Enoden arriving at Fujisawa

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Kamakura shopping street

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Wakamiya Oji

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Odakyu Shonandai Station

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Ginza

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Giorgio Armani building in Ginza

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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 let me know what you thought of the photos in the comments below. I hope you’re enjoying the newer photos.

A New Year in Japan – A Break at Shinjuku Station

On our way home, we caught the train at Kita-Toda Station and went straight to Shinjuku. But we got to see this before we got in the train. A Shinkansen!

We didn’t ride the Shinkansen. We took a local train to Shinjuku, which is the world’s busiest station. We had some time before our next train, so we looked around a little and I took the opportunity to take some pictures.

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There was a bento (lunch box) shop in the station with a very interesting display. This is it.

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A closeup reveals that they’re all plastic! Japan is well-known for its plastic food displays at restaurants, but this one was quite impressive.

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Some more of the station. That green store is called 3 Coins, which means that everything inside costs 300 yen.

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This is the ticket gate, one of many in this station. There are actually around three hundred exits at Shinjuku Station.

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But it was soon time for us to board the train that would take us almost home. Yes, another Romance Car! That’s for the next post.

A Train Station Story

Here’s a little story about something that happened ten years ago. It happened in the first week of August 2005, just days after I climbed Mt. Fuji. Let’s just say that my inspiration to write this post has to do with some videos I watched on YouTube involving train station incidents.

I was sitting in the station after work. It was around 10:30 pm, and I was taking the train from Konandai Station to Shin-Sugita Station, which is near where I lived at the time. I guess it would be helpful to mention that this happened in Yokohama.

As I was saying, I was sitting in the station waiting for my train, and I was looking at my cell phone. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a businessman, around thirty-five years old, pacing back and forth. There was nothing unusual about him. He had a black suit, was carrying a briefcase, and just looked normal. I had no idea what this guy was going to do, but I wish I’d paid more attention. I went back to my phone, sending an email to my mom.

The train arrival was announced, and I continued sitting, intending on getting in the car directly in front of the bench I was on. The front of the train was approaching, when I looked up and noticed the businessman. He ran to the edge of the platform and jumped.

Everything was in slow motion. I saw him, black suit, black shoes, black hair, and black briefcase, all flying in the air with a train coming toward him at about seventy or eighty kilometres per hour. I saw the impact briefly, but what I really noticed was the shattered glass scattering through the air. I could see every little piece with my heightened senses due to the adrenaline coursing through my body. I looked around, and one guy turned to me and gave me a look that said, “Did you see that?” His eyes were wide and they probably mirrored my expression of shock.

There were other sounds in the station, the screams of high school girls and the nervous laughter of the boys. They undoubtedly had a more gruesome view of the suicide. But I saw the guy alive the very moment before he was hit. I saw him alive for about five minutes before the train, and I had no clue what he was about to do.

I didn’t know what to do. I walked out of the station and got into a taxi to go home. I sat in the taxi without saying a thing, almost motionless while I stared out the window and the scene replayed in my mind over and over again.

I got home, went inside, and broke down. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t want to do anything. I just saw a man die in one of the worst ways.

The memory hasn’t faded. It’s as clear as if it happened today. I don’t think about it often, but news of yet another suicide brings back that memory. They call them “human accident” in train stations in Japan. Sometimes, I want to tell someone the story I told you. I did when I went to work the next day, and I got to hear another suicide story from my school’s manager when she was in high school. In her case, she saw blood and a possibly severed arm. She couldn’t tell. But that’s another story, and I don’t have the details.

Why did I tell you this? Sometimes these things need to be told, instead of being held inside. It doesn’t affect me much these days, but it’s probably therapeutic to talk about it. Thanks for reading.