Adventure: Common Sense and How to Not Buy New Camera Gear
With the backpack packed and batteries charged, chocolate and sugary snacks purchased, I headed to the Torikura trail entrance (鳥倉登山口) late on Saturday afternoon to start the 2 to 3 hour climb to the campsite.
Photography: Chitose’s Carrot Shop
Every time I’ve been to Hokkaido it has been via Chitose. I don’t know anything about Chitose except that it has an airport and ninjinya (人参屋). Ninjinya – carrot shop
First hike of the year. Shakagadake (釈迦ヶ岳) next to Mt. Gozaisho in Mie prefecture was challenging in places with a couple of almost vertical accents and loose rocks but well worth it.
Photography: Hokkaido Trip 2019
Photo above – Tōro Station (塘路駅). Without doubt the coldest train station I’ve had to wait at for a train. As I did last year I’ve just spent time in Hokkaido over the Christmas holiday. In 2018 I went to Furano (富良野) and Biei (美英) photographing typical winter scenes – mostly copying the commonly seen…
Hiking: Nakatsu River & Kuroizawa Trail ・中津川 & 黒井沢登山道
Back in 2003 I had a tiny company car and no idea where to ride my mountain bike as I hadn’t long moved to the Nagoya area. So I pulled out a map, looked for the mountains, found an area that looked promising (at the end of R363), and consequently found myself heading out to…
Photography & Cycling: Jokoji Temple・定光寺
Jokoji Temple (定光寺) in Seto (瀬戸市), just to the east of Nagoya – but closer to Kasugai in reality – is a wonderful place to ride to at this time of year. I ride there a few times a week and usually have the place to myself but not for the next week or so…
Photography: Winter in Hokkaido
Last winter I went to Hokkaido for the first time in 15 years and I’ve just booked a flight back there again for this winter. Biei (美栄町), Furano (富良野市), Ashikawa (芦川市), and most of central Hokkaido was deep in snow and bitterly cold. It lived up to expectations – it really was a winter wonderland.…
Hiking: Mt. Ontake & New Goals・御嶽山
I’ve been cycling ever since I was a kid. When I moved to Japan permanently way back in 2001 I brought my mountain bike with me. This was two weeks before 9/11 so I just turned up at Heathrow Airport with the bike, pedals off, tyres deflated and it went onto the airplane without any…