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Sumida River – Feeding the Gulls

Posted in Animals, Places by tokyobling on March 16, 2014

A sunny Saturday afternoon walking along the Sumida river near the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and I saw a group of people feeding a lively flock of gulls. Few scenes are as much fun and easy to photograph as this!

This spot on the Sumida river is very popular with tourists, as it is where two different cruise ship operators and water taxis have their starting points, about a dozen different vessels and half as many different lines. The most popular lines go to Odaiba, a reclaimed island on in Tokyo Bay. You can read about one of these lines in a couple of posts I did in 2012, here and here. I can’t wait for spring to arrive!











Posted in Animals by tokyobling on April 29, 2013

At a beach by the Pacific Ocean I saw this Japanese Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capillatus). It didn’t seem too scared of people. I wonder if it could have been one of the domesticated birds that are used for fishing by the masters at Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture?


Hyuga Beach – Miyazaki

Posted in Animals, Nature, People, Places by tokyobling on November 21, 2012

It is easy to forget when you live all your life in Tokyo, that there is another Japan, a slower and in many ways more human Japan. Take this beach near Huyga city in the southern Miyazaki prefecture on the big island of Kyushu. I took these photos when I visited in September. This beach is very famous with surfers and I saw a few really good waves. Not being a surfer myself I don’t know how good it really is though. I do know that there are a few international surfing competitions here every year. It’s also not only humans, a few birds also feed of the beach, and these cute little birds got spooked when I got too close to them. I hope you like these relaxing (for me at least) photos! And by the way, this is the 1401st post!

Nagano Rice Fields – Almost Horizon

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on October 22, 2012

Living in Japan there was one thing that bothered me a little right from the start. I couldn’t put my finger on it until I started blogging about life here and actively looking at my photos, but when I did it hit me: there’s no horizon in Japan. Where I grew up the land was flat as an ironing board. Riding my bicycle to school I could just stand up on the pedals and see an additional couple of miles into the distance. I grew up surrounded by the horizon and didn’t realize how much I took that for granted until I moved to Japan where there’s mountains, buildings or hills in just about any direction you look except for out to the ocean. So even when I get a sort of half-way to the horizon vista, I get excited, like when I was traveling through Nagano Prefecture on a small country road and realized I could see at least a mile in any direction! So forgive me for these two shots of little or no artistic or documentary value. I just wanted to show you what makes my day, in a little way. Or, if you are into agriculture, you can notice the different stages of rice fields in these pictures, with one in a curious state, visited by white birds.


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