Posts Tagged ‘Asia’

The third and final part of my journey through the islands of Japan, this time back to the mainland. Starting in the historic village of Shirakawago, it was onwards to Nagoya, Tokyo, the Zao Fox Village in Miyagi and finally back to my former home of Akita.

This last one was a little bittersweet in the making, being that it involved saying farewell to some of my closest friends in the world; now 6000 miles apart yet again. But, in the words of A.A. Milne, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

If for any reason you can’t see it on YouTube, the video is also available on Vimeo.

(Filmed on a Nikon D800, using a 50mm f1.4 and a 14-24mm f2.8.)

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In all the years I lived in Japan, I never made it to the southern island of Kyushu. On my return trip this year, it’s where my journey began – in the southernmost prefecture of Kagoshima.

If for any reason you can’t see it on YouTube, the video is also available on Vimeo.

(Filmed on a Nikon D800, using a 50mm f1.4 and a 14-24mm f2.8.)

Rounding out the trifecta of Japanese animal utopias (see previously: bunny and cat islands): the Zaō Fox Village in the mountains of Miyagi.

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A trip eight years in the making.

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An adorable island with a dark past.

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Stepping into the real-life world of Hayao Miyazaki.

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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!