The Bitter Cold of Hokkaido
The bitter cold of Hokkaido is serious business. It makes you feel alive, reminds you that it’s the environment, not you, that’s in control.
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
Photography: Favourite ‘Adventure’ Photos of 2019
I began to understand that if I wished to continue chasing adventure, then just repeating the same types of expedition was not the way to go. The Question I needed to ask was no longer, ‘how can I keep cycling around the world?’ The question now was, ‘how can I keep living adventurously?’ Alastair Humphreys…
Hokkaido: Lake Mashū Volanic Crater・摩周湖
Hanging around a volcanic crater for light that didn’t happen.
Photography: Kushiro Shitsugen・釧路湿原
Whenever I’m alone in the mountains, whether it’s cycling, hiking, camping, or just taking photos, there are times when I stop what I’m doing, take a long look around and contemplate the existence of places like Tokyo, Osaka, or Nagoya. Stood in the middle of nowhere it often amazes me that they actually exist. Everyone…
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…
Photography: Hokkaido Morning
A 4 am start on a -10C Hokkaido morning. Driving from Furano back to Chitose Airport I noticed this hut off in the distance not far from the main road. I stopped the car, waited for the light to do its thing and then grabbed a few shots. The image stabilisation on the Lumix G9…
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.…