Every so often, I return from a trip with a bit of a writing prompt. Those who know me personally know I could go on forever about a single topic once my fire has been lit. After returning from my travels, I’m sometimes deeply motivated to write these photo essays as a way to archive my thoughts and feelings and to really maximize my recollection of all that went on.
We had the pleasure of visiting Japan in October of 2016. Leading up to the trip, I was really looking forward to visiting with Karen because it would be her first real trip there. As most of my friends know, I've always had an affinity for Japan with this time being my third visit and probably even more visits somewhere down the line. There's something about it that really resonates with me and I don't think I'll ever grow old of it. [Read More …]
Even though this would be my third time to Japan in the span of a few years, I never really took the opportunity to travel outside of the major cities and regions. For this reason, I was really high on the idea of trying to get out to not-so-popular regions. Since we were travelling in autumn, I thought it would be nice to go see what the fall colours and foliage would be like in Japan. We settled on a visit to the Takayama, Shirakawa-go and the Japanese alps in the Hida region. [Read More …]
Much like Toronto, Tokyo is a city of neighbourhoods. In fact, I think you could argue Tokyo is really the prime definition of that term. Quick research will net you neighbourhoods like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza, Akihabara, Roppongi, Ueno amongst others. A little bit more and you'll probably start seeing Shimokitazawa, Kichijoji, Nakameguro, Daikanyama, Koenji... The list goes on. [Read More …]