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
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 🙂
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. . .
A pub in Himeji, Japan. As an editor, I like it. Clear, precise, plain language .
Himeji Castle, the most magnificent original surviving castle in Japan.
I have had the good fortune to visit it three times since 1985, when my sister and I first saw it.
These shots taken the evening of April 9.
You have not fully experienced Japan until you have ridden the Hello Kitty shinkansen .
April 9, heading to Himeji from Tokyo.
While driving a remote mountain road in Japan’s northern Aomori Prefecture in early April we ran across this group of snow monkeys. I’ll throw in a heron for good measure. . .
Lunch at a roadside scallops and locally grown veggies place in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, a few weeks ago.
Scallops ramen, and an assorted everything scallops basket.
Japan has amazing food. Pride in quality ingredients, great cooking, and wonderful presentation.
A few weeks ago while in Japan we borrowed Yumi’s parents’ car and drove out to the mountains to check out the snow road. I think this was April 6. It did not fail to impress .
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.
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.
Welcome to Japan – We Have the Coolest Toilets in the World!
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 .
A snap of Tokyo Skytree captured from the window of the Narita Express airport train heading in to Tokyo a couple of weeks ago.
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.