A coat of frost covers the peak of Mt. Ena in Gifu. While walking the Nakasendō/Kiso-ji.

This is my website. It’s mostly about outdoor life in central Japan but not always. Feel free to get in touch anytime.

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What I’m doing now.

About this website.

Some of the Japanese Photo Books books I own.

Maps of routes walked, mountains hiked, and bike packing trips.

Some of the gear I use.

Data for hikes can mostly be found on my YAMAP account (in Japanese).

I sometimes use Mastodon, Glass, and Vero.

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Recent Posts
  • Walking Nagoya, Street Photography, The Benefits of Cycling Into a Wall
    In 2014, a few months before quitting alcohol I hit […]
  • Some Things Learnt in 2022
    What did I learn in 2022? Here’s a list.
  • On Being a Photographer and Walking the Kisoji
    I’ve been thinking about my past walks along the Kiso-ji recently and how despite walking numerous times over the course of a year never really felt completely satisfied with what I was doing and photographing.
  • Vero v Glass v Mastodon, and What We Should be Doing
    Imagine digital as film – take your time, select and print only the best few. Keep them on hand forever. Photos are your memories. They are for you and your family.
  • Mt. Kazekoshi
    Fourteen kilograms of restless bouncy daughter was too much. I enjoy hiking with her but there comes a time when it’s wise to admit defeat. This hike was me throwing in the towel.
  • Wildlife in an Urban Sprawl
    n recent weeks I’ve started looking much closer at the wildlife around my neighbourhood than ever before and it’s surprising to see what’s right there in front of you, sometimes right on your doorstep.
  • Himakajima
    I first visited Himakajima in 2012 and remember returning home in the evening with a glow of self accomplishment on time well spent. I’d left early in the morning and spent the day wandering and photographing with my cherished Leica M6 and a roll of awful Lomography film. That combination of exploring a new place and getting slightly creative made me happy. I cringe looking back now at my original post now but who cares? Certainly not anyone reading this I presume.
  • Hiking: Mt. Hououzan
    How do you explain to someone that hasn’t hiked much in Japan than despite hiking to over 2700m, despite walking (which felt more like climbing – actual climbing – almost vertically non-stop for 6 solid hours), and despite being in the least visited of the three major mountain ranges, that the campsite would be full and there would be at least 100 other hikers on the mountain?
  • Twitter
    I don’t know what came over me but a few days ago I decided to rejoin Twitter. It’s been over 10 years since I was last active on the platform.
  • Festival: Gujo Matsuri
    The big brother/sister to the Shirotori Festival is the Gujo Hachiman festival just a few kilometres south in central Gifu.

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