Japan 2014 – day 2

Well, I arrived in Japan on a gloriously hot sunny September evening and as the train connecting Kansai international airport with the mainland (the airport is on a huge artificial island in Osaka Bay) we were treated to a spectacular sunset.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any photos, but, if this was a typical example of what’s to follow then I’ll hopefully have some great images to share when I get back!

From Namba station in Osaka it was only a brief walk to my accommodation so after the bags had been dropped off, I just had just enough time to grab a quick bite to eat and a very welcome Asahi beer!


My first meal of the trip was a beautiful chicken curry served with sticky rice, ginger and pickles.
The most noticeable thing about the curry was it’s colour – it was jet black – but as it tasted so nice and I was so hungry it didn’t seem important at the time!
Of course, hunger abated and beer consumed a quick re-read of the menu revealed the phrase “all of our food is coloured using fresh squid ink”
Squid ink?! That’s a first for me! 🙂

So, travel weary and increasingly jet-lagged the second day of the visit drew to a close without a single photo (apart from the squid ink curry!) being taken…

Tomorrow will be mainly a day of arrangements: train passes, maps, routes etc to plan, but I’m also hoping to visit Minoo Park in Osaka which has a beautiful waterfall and some nice forest walks.

Thanks for accompanying me on my trip, I’ll keep you updated on my progress!


Japan 2014 – Day 1

Day 1: Glasgow to Dubai; Dubai to Osaka

Bags are packed (almost!), camera batteries charged, memory cards wiped and ready for action!
I leave in a few hours for Glasgow airport, then on to Dubai for a brief stop-over before continuing on to Osaka.

This will be my second trip to the Kansai region of Japan, but my first with the new camera, so I’m looking forward to re-shooting a few of the places I enjoyed visiting first time around.
The EOS 5D Mark III has a much better sensor than my previous camera, so I’m also looking forward to shooting some of the locations where low light and no tripod stopped me last time!

I normally concentrate on landscapes and architecture when I’m travelling but on this trip I’m hoping to try to capture something of the Japanese people and culture too… so fingers crossed!

One thing is for sure – I’ll be taking LOTS of photos!

I won’t have any way of uploading images directly from the camera while I’m away, but, I will try to upload as many “behind the scenes” shots from my iPhone as I go!

I hope you enjoy accompanying me on this trip!
Arigato gozaimasu!