Category Archives: Japan

Birds and Beasts Photographed in Japan

A collection of photos of birds and beasts from our trip to Japan a few weeks ago.

Yes, we’re the sort of folks who can walk along the moat by the Imperial Palace in Tokyo and go “wow, look a soft-shelled turtle!”


There were lots of these raptors all over the island of Shikoku

japan birds and beasts


Imperial Palace moat


Imperial Palace moat


When I look at this cat I see Toshiro Mifune from the Kurosawa classic film The Seven Samurai.

“Feed me and you won’t feel the edge of my blade!”


Cormorant at Inokashira Park in western Tokyo.


Jungle crows are impressive!


A, er, cocky little owl 🙂

Why So Many Posts With Same Dates?

Dear readers, you may be wondering why so many of my recent posts have the same date, even though they are obviously about places and things that happened days apart.

I plead laziness.

After a two-week trip to Japan, I simply don’t want to take the time to figure out where we were when. . .

And for some reason, my Nikon DSLR transfer software dumped about 1,700 photos into one folder instead of separating them by date, though my Canon pocket camera did create a folder per day.

Likely my bad working with Nikon Transfer, but there it is.

So as time allows, I’ll keep adding photos and commentary from the trip, and let the dates fall where they may. . .

Walking Family Dogs in Rice Fields in Aomori, Japan

Walking the family dogs in the rice fields in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan a couple of weeks ago.

Jun, the little female, was new to the family and a bit uncertain about going for long walks far from her new home, but quickly warmed to the activity.

She got a tad freaked out a couple of times, and needed some reassurance, and Eito, the older dog, wondered why the heck she was getting special treatment. 

dog walking aomori rice fields


Walking rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine!


Rewarded with a rainbow


We saw a few of these raptors soaring over the fields and forests. Got this shot at max zoom with my pocket Canon SX730HS.

Arriving in Tokyo in Early April

Welcome to Japan – We Have the Coolest Toilets in the World!

narita airport toto advert

Arriving at Narita Airport near Tokyo a few weeks ago .

I will be posting several shots of several high-tech throne controllers from various hotels.

Japanese development of cool toilets continues to amaze — and occasionally baffle.

When I first got to Japan in the mid-80s, many toilets were still squat type, which took some getting used to .

tokyo skytree
A snap of Tokyo Skytree captured from the window of the Narita Express airport train heading in to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago.

Tohoku Shinkansen Tokyo Station
The Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train), pulling in to Tokyo Station. This was my ride up to Yumi’s parents’ place in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan.

You can see a restored dome from Tokyo Station in the background. They’ve done a magnificent job over the last decade or two restoring the station to nearer its original exterior appearance.