Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Wishing a heartfelt おかえり (“welcome home”) to Mr & Mrs Cramb! Like me, I’m sure they’ll have a whole mix of feelings about their 3-year Japanese adventure coming to an end, but – for purely selfish reasons – I’m delighted that I can once again recreate this picture with two of my favourite people in the world. And Colin was there, too.

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Last month at the new (permanent!) residence of Ramen Dayo on Queen St. Between the four us, we’ve visited every incarnation along the way.

Note that John and I finally got our hands on the erstwhile sold-out melon soda, which (oddly, even more than the ramen) was a thoroughly 懐かしい taste of home-from-home! 🍈

Birthday dinner at Ramen Dayo; and some of the most authentic-tasting ramen I’ve had this side of Japan. (Veg/an options available – and, indeed, pictured!) 🍜

Added bonus: they were also showing Ghibli movies in the background (Totoro then Spirited Away) and the lovely waitress gave me a free pack of hi-chew when she found out it was my birthday! I’ve just learned that they’re now selling melon soda which definitely necessitates a return trip. 🍈

I’ve just been sent the final cut of the beautiful Japan Airlines video I worked on. Can’t share the video just yet, but here are some sneaky screenshots!

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.)

Kyushu to Shikoku, by way of the Rabbit Island off the coast of Hiroshima. Also featuring Cat Island in Ehime!

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.)

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.)