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Twelve reasons to visit Japan

Kofukuji Temple, Nara

I have major wanderlust at the moment, specifically Japan-lust. Here are twelve reasons why…

Shinjuku crossing

1. The way that Tokyo is so hectic, yet so organised, friendly and polite that you feel peaceful in the middle of the chaos.
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Japan video

Japan 2009 - Tokyo

I can’t believe that it’s been almost 2 years since our amazing trip to Japan. Luckily we’ve just booked another big holiday to San Francisco so I’m not wallowing too much – we’re even staying in Japantown in SF, and I think another trip to Japan will be on the cards next year. My memory was jogged because Josh has just finished putting together this awesome video for one of his music tracks, using loads of the footage we shot over there.

[vimeo clip_id=”28635424″ width=”640″ height=”400″]

And I went back through my iPhoto and uploaded some more photos that I didn’t share first time round. Lots more on Flickr here, here and here.

Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo
Japan 2009 - Tokyo

Japanese stationery

One of my favourite things about running my little Etsy shop is packaging up my orders to send. Mostly because I get to crack out the Japanese sticky tape that I collect and hoard obsessively… I scanned some in for your viewing pleasure.

And how sweet is this little post-it-note cat – the package even contained little cardboard feet to stand up the notes on the backing board. Clever Japanese innovation! ♥

Check out Artbox and Yozo Craft for similar goodies. Oh, and here’s a few new items from my Etsy shop in case you fancy receiving a fancily-wrapped package yourself!

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Japan videos

I forgot until quite recently that I took a load of video footage on my E-P1 when we were in Japan last year. Josh is editing it all into a music video at the moment as he’s much more au fait with this kind of thing than me – my ‘skillz’ extend to a tiny bit of levels/colour tweaking in iMovie. I’ll post the finished video when he’s done, but here are a few clips. Watching them again makes me miss Japan a whole lot :(

Playing with a sweet kitty in one of the many cat cafes we visited – Cha Ma Mo in Harajuku

Sunrise from the shinkansen bullet train as we sped back to the airport from Kyoto (nearly missing our flight in the process)

Metro train in Tokyo – I miss the robot-voice lady.

Beautiful city even blurry in the rain.

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OM10 and Diana+ in Japan

Here are yet more Japan photos, from my old Olympus OM10 camera. It’s so exciting getting old-skool films back in the post, and it brought back all the good memories of the trip looking through them.

Deer in Nara
Temples in Nara
I was a bit distraught to find 2 of my 7 films had somehow got jammed and not advanced properly between shots, so I have 24 images all multi-exposed in one frame. I’m trying to pick out all the would-be images from the jumble…

24 photos in one frame
24 photos in one frame

And here are a few from the Diana+. After all the precise metering and focussing of the OM10 I found Diana a bit frustratingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, but I still like these shots. I’ve put the prints into a little album I bought in Tokyo as a nice alternative memorial of the trip.

Diana+ JPN Diana+ JPN
Diana+ JPN Diana+ JPN
Diana+ JPN Diana+ JPN

Lots more on Flickr.