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Tanabata

Star crossed lovers who meet once a year.
The evening of July 7 was Tanabata, a celebration of the one evening a year which two star-crossed lovers, separated by the milky way, meet. Several days ago we visited Zokoji Tem… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/07/tanabata/

A gap between postcards

Writers block is a bugger. To get started again here's a short post about Daibutsu
I created the postcard idea so I could quickly post things I find. Problem is of course,I've struggled to get any thoughts together recently past 140 characters (damn you twitter)… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/07/gap-betwen-postcards/

Fuji - a closer view

We visited a festival close to Mt Fuji this week, the closest we've been to the great mountain.
This week we visited a flower festival just to the north of the great Mt Fuji. It was an overcast day which made taking photos of Mt Fuji a little more challenging. Below is a HDR… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/05/fuji-closer-view/

Balcony with a stormy view

Practising with the camera I managed to track a lightning shot.
  // As the weather heats up in Tokyo we're starting to get a few more 'summer storms'. Those lovely, lightning rich and thus noisy storms which move across the landscape quick… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/05/balcony-stormy-view/

Archery and horseback.

Watching the skill of people on horseback firing arrows at targets.
Visiting Asakusa we watched some people on horse back firing arrows into targets, impressive skill on display. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/archery-and-horseback/

Not a blood moon photo however ..

Try as I may to capture the blood moon on camera my lens wasn't quite up to it. So I captured something else.
  // My twitter stream was alight today with news of the blood moon and the first of the full solar eclipses for 2014. As it turns on here in Tokyo we didn't get to see the sol… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/not-blood-moon-photo-however/

Pop music is big in Japan.

Walking out of a shopping centre to see a crowd bopping along to a boy-pop band.
  // Pop music is big here in Japan. AKB48, and EXILE being two of the big ones. There are many others of course. Japan, with its population of around 123 million, can accommod… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/pop-music-big-japan/

Now this is a pedestrian crossing.

A video of one of the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world.
This evening, 12 April 2014, we were in Shibuya doing a spot of shopping and I thought it might be fun to share what the crossing looks like. This pedestrian crossing is one of th… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/now-pedestrian-crossing/

Some food products make you think.

This product had me question what's happening to the world.
I've seen lots of products for sale in Japan and some truly interesting dietary delights. But this one had me question what is happening to the world. It's settled, I'm a popco… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/some-food-products-make-you-think/

Stunning Shinjuku Goen

A quick afternoon visit to a beautiful park in the centre of Tokyo.
A short visit to the beautiful Shinjuki Goen, a garden pretty much in the centre of Tokyo. It is simply stunning. They keep it so tidy by pretty much banning any 'fun': aka alcoho… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/stunning-shinjuku-goen/

Sakura + Tarp + Beer = Hanami

It's Hanami season.
You can tell in Japan where the warm weather has hit with the appearance of Sakura. The weeks(s) of peak Sakura sees Hanami, effectively a picnic under the Sakura. People have the… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/sakura-tarp-beer-hanami/

Buddha. Beaches. Brilliant food.

I've heard of hemp as a material, but as a cooking ingredient?
A day trip to Kamakura about 70km south west of Tokyo comprised of lots of walking, walking inside a 29ft Buddha made 750 years ago, a bit of bush walking and overdosing on Temple… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/04/buddha-beaches-brilliant-food/

Anime. Manga. Made in Japan.

I took advantage of a fine day in Tokyo to visit Anime Japan 2014 being held at Tokyo Big Sight.
  // I took advantage of a fine day in Tokyo to visit Anime Japan 2014 being held at Tokyo Big Sight. Anime and Manga are two words which for many is synonymous with Jap… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/anime-manga-made-japan/

VB top shelf?

VB top shelf? Yes, I was shocked!
I've discovered in some Tokyo shops Victoria Bitter (VB) is a top-shelf beer. Here I was thinking Fosters was the only beer Australian's inflicted on our allies. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/vb-top-shelf/

MC + Double bass + drums + lead guitar = Fusion Jazz

The umbrellas hid the Japanese hipsters grooving to the tunes
The Japanese Sakura onslaught brings with it lots of free events on Tokyo. One we attended was the Harukaze-2014 festival held over two days (29 and 30 March) with free music and … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/mc-double-bass-drums-lead-guitar-fusion-jazz/

In early spring Tokyo Outdoors means Sakura

A photo of a grand old Sakura (さくら)
Visited the Tokyo Outdoors festival in Shinjuku Central Park on 30 March. It was raining which limited the crowds, which afforded me the opportunity to take this photo of a grand … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/early-spring-tokyo-outdoors-means-sakura/

A little ray in Tokyo Bay.

Walking along Tokyo Bay enjoying the sunshine of an early spring day I spotted a ray.
Walking along Tokyo Bay enjoying the sunshine of an early spring day I spotted a ray. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/little-ray-tokyo-bay/

Yippy – Spring

The photo says it all really, we’re so over cold weather.
The photo says it all really, we’re so over cold weather. http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/yippy-/

Not being an Akihabara road statistic.

I certainly would not be game to try this photo on any other day, lest I become a road statistic.
It is quite rare one of the main roads leading to Akihabara is closed to anything but pedestrian traffic. I certainly would not be game to try this photo on any other day, lest I … http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/not-being-akihabara-road-statistic/

That is not a queue; this is a queue.

Crowd control is something the Japanese have down pat!
I attended the Anime Japan 2014 festival. I thought it may be popular, but I was not expecting this queue (the photo is part of it). At least it was a sunny day, and crowd control… http://pgd.id.au/concrete5/index.php/blog/2014/03/not-queue-queue/

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