Tokyo Tower lights up beautifully for President Obama’s visit to Japan : in honor of the President’s visit to Japan, the Tokyo Tower was lit up in bright Star-Spangled Banner (the American flag) for the nights of April 22 and 23.
The typical “socks” of a Japanese construction worker, seen emerging from the windows of a van : relaxing lunch break !
Spring is here all right ! :)
Last shot of the cherry blossoms for this year : a lot of rain :(
Going to Ueno for the cherry blossoms, very pretty and very crowded, as always.
A bit of water, a few cherry trees and it’s a guaranteed invasion during the Hanami season !
Back to Itabashi, as wonderful as last year, even without a model… :)
This particular tree in Ueno is very popular due to its pink blossoms.
I have had it with these over-priced plastic toys which barely last a year (Dyson, Electrolux, …). Miele is of course very good but too expensive here in Tokyo. After checking industrial vacuum cleaners, I was surprised to see that you can find small and relatively cheap ones ! This cute little fella from Hitachi […]
Quick, a few sakura shots between two rain pours !
Just before full bloom : a storm with strong winds and lots of rain :(
Spring hasn’t quite reached Shinjuku yet !
Love those little messages on my coffee : the Thank You with the little heart, and the thank you for coming always, have a wonderful day ! The cynics will say they do not mean it… I frankly do not care, to me that’s just good service !
My two secrets for perfectly cooked steaks : patience + meat thermometer ! Now, how to cook the perfect steaks, without adding oil and without making a mess in the kitchen ? Just follow these 5 simple steps : 1. one hour before cooking them, unpack the steaks to bring them to room temperature 2. […]
Slow exposure with fast train and still passengers on a platform, my favourite :)
Rejoice, for Spring has come to Tokyo !
Quite a lot of snow and yet, with proper tires (Michelin Xi3), no problem with RWD, even quite a lot of fun in the sharp turns of the mountains roads in Nagano !
Few people outside of Japan realise how much it snows just ~150km away from Tokyo… up to 1m in a day !
Some relaxing time after ski in Nozawa Onsen. Nozawa Onsen is a nostalgic old hot spring town located just one hour’s drive from Nagano City in the northern part of Nagano. Nozawa Onsen is said to date back to 8th century but has been renowned for its onsen hot springs since the Edo period. Legend […]
A very common sight in Tokyo Disneyland : young girls posing everywhere !
One our favourite ride at Tokyo Disneyland : Big Thunder Mountain !
Any architecture lover should pay Higashi Shinjuku a visit !
Another visit to the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku. Still providing awesomeness on a large scale ! This time, I had a 35mm lens instead of the 50mm I brought last time. Both nicely complete each other me thinks.
My eyes hurt ! :D
First day in Shiga Kogen, Yakebitaiyama in Nagano : beautiful weather, great tracks and plenty of snow.
Rays of sunlight peering through snow-covered pine trees in Nagano.
On our way to Shiga-Kogen, a short stop at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano ! This time, alone with a kid, I wanted to travel light and only took my 24-70mm with me. I regretted it as conditions were perfect :(
Same place (Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland), same day but at different time : a blatant demonstration of the importance of light and weather.
I have now spent a few weeks with the with the Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and I am very happy with it. Look at the results: it’s sharp, tones are accurate, chromatic aberration negligible, distortion minimum and vignetting reasonably limited. Minimum focusing distance is also short and taking pictures of food will not […]
The Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 DG HSM in action : shooting stairs !