A casual Wednesday of hedge mazes and palm tattoos.

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My apologies for the sporadic posting of late – I’ve had my hands full planning my first trip back to Japan in 5 years! As some of you might know, I actually spent several years living there as a teacher, so this is also something of a (second-)homecoming. As this will be my first time travelling there as a non-resident, however, I can finally take advantage of the Japan Rail Pass, which provides unlimited train travel across the entire country!

This also means that I can visit the southern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku for the first time, before I start travelling far (far) northwards again, back to my former home of Akita. I’m not planning on bringing a computer so (barring the one blog entry I still have scheduled) I won’t be able to post while I’m out there, but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of images to share once I get back. I’ll also be posting my day-to-day photos over on Instagram while I’m away, so please feel free to join me there if you’re interested in my following my travels. See you all in a month!

I’m excited to announce that a collection of my photos are now available for exclusive licensing through Getty Images Prestige: “a carefully curated selection of the world’s most powerful imagery, Prestige images are distinguished by their unique aesthetic approach, exceptional craftsmanship and uncompromising quality. Created by award-winning photographers and art directors, curated by our leading editors, and available for exclusive use.” I also have over a hundred other images available for licensing on Getty, which you can view right here.

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The half-year round-up of all the photos that didn’t fit anywhere else!

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John and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this weekend. (We had a terribly romantic evening and went to see The Avengers.)

Another trip down Glasgow’s Otago Lane, this time to visit Tchai-Ovna: a bohemian teahouse located in a former, early-19th-century stable.

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Continuing the recent spate of spring birthdays: a day trip to Glasgow’s multi-award winning Riverside Museum in celebration of Kim’s 23rd!

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