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Choose My Best Instagram Photos – Round 1, Group 44

First of all, if you haven’t voted in the last group, please do so. It needs more votes. I’d appreciate it!

There’s a lot of green in this group, and one of my favourite pictures. I wonder if you know which one it is. I thought it looked great after I took it. Let me know which picture you think I like the most.

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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Jujo station from Saikyo Line train

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Street in Warabi

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Rainbow after the rain

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Four leaf clover

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Big green poplar

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Beautiful spring view with Mt. Fuji

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Venus above the wires

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Izumino Station during a thunderstorm

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Spring sunset

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Ofuna festival starts!

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

 

Thank you for the votes! Let me know which pictures you voted for in the comments below. I’d love to know what you think.

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 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!

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 – Taking the Romance Car Home

Our final leg home was a ride in a fast limited express train. It was the Romance Car again!

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It was the same kind of train as we took at the beginning of our trip. Here’s my daughter posing in front of it.

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Looking back while on the train, we could see Shinjuku.

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Here’s a bridge crossing the Tama River into Kawasaki.

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We say goodbye to the Romance Car.

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And so, that’s all for our New Year in Japan. I hope you enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures. If you missed any of the trip, just look back at the last few posts that started on January 1st.

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 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 – Pre-dawn

It’s already been a while since we got up this morning. We woke up at 4 am, and got ready to go out. We left home around 5:20 am, and walked to the station. We were greeted by very clear skies and a couple wonderful celestial sights.

As soon as we walked out the door, the moon was bright in the sky with Jupiter nearby.

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Walking out to the sidewalk, another bright light was visible. It was the Morning Star, or more correctly, the planet Venus. It was very bright.

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We walked to the station and got on the train. It was full, but we could get on. After a few stations, it was packed like the subway in Tokyo during rush hour. We couldn’t move! Watching the people swaying was like we were all caught in a wave pool, or a train full of sloshing water. Our daughter complained a lot. When we got off the train, the sky was already getting light.

Next post: sunrise from Enoshima!

A New Year Live Blog

I’m going to try something a bit different this New Year. A kind of live blog where I tell you some of the highlights of our New Year adventure.

Like last year, we plan to see the sun rise at Enoshima early in the morning of January 1st. Then we’ll head up to my wife’s family’s for the big family gathering. Expect pictures of a sunrise (if it’s not cloudy), a train called Romance Car, and plenty of food and drink. I want to do this mostly for my family to see what our New Year is like, because they’ve never experienced a Japanese New Year. It’s the biggest holiday of the year here.  It’s also our last one in Japan. I want to show some great memories.

Who’s interested?

Convenient, Yet Inconvenient – Japan’s Train System

We just got back from a trip up to Saitama to visit my wife’s family. During this trip, we had to take a number of buses and trains. The system is extensive in the Tokyo area, and you can get pretty much anywhere you want in a timely manner and without much difficulty.

The view from the JR Musashino Line in Saitama.
The view from the JR Musashino Line in Saitama.

It’s convenient

The trains are quick, many traveling between 90 and 110 kilometres per hour. The express and rapid trains are very nice for long distances. You can easily transfer from one train to another, even if it’s a different company. You can use the same IC card to pay for any train or bus. No need to count out change for a bus or train ticket.

It’s inconvenient

Packing around a not-yet-4-year-old is not the easiest thing, and with her inability to sit for a very long time, she’s difficult to handle on a long train ride. While taking the trains and buses is convenient, it’s troublesome with a young child. On our way home, she fell asleep, and I had to carry her between two trains and have her sleep on me. And then there are the crowded trains. She was extremely fidgety on that train, and wanted to stand, then be held, then stand, then be held, etc. It’s physically demanding to travel by train with a young child. For something like this, I’d have preferred to drive. However, with the roads and traffic in the Tokyo area, that would be a major headache. I don’t think I could find a parking space, either.

For an overnight trip to a destination only one and a half hours away by train, I took a whopping four buses and eight trains. I love the train system in Japan, and could easily travel everywhere, but I wish I could do it with my daughter being a couple years older.

Ever take a trip or commute that frustrated you because of the transportation system? Or having to deal with young children?