Sunday, July 29

The gates of?



Isn't this amazing!? Just imagine how much time it must have taken to build this replica! And I have to say that even if you visited the real thing I doubt you'd ever get such a good view of the whole thing. After seeing this I don't feel the need to see the real thing at all, this such a nicer vier, and no crowds! Oh, just in case you didn't know this is St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Not been here



The Great Temple at Abu Simbel. Not much to say but a nice picture I thought.

Been there!



Some of my favourite buildings from Manhattan. These buildings are nowhere that close to each other but they make for a great group shot. You can see the Bryant Park Hotel and the Flatiron building. I especially like this type of architecture. Not sure what it is but I'd love to live in a building like these, they've got character.

Huh?



Ok, if this picture doesn't give you a hint of where I've or how come I've been able to take such amazing pictures of Japanese locations then you thicker than pea soup. Tru, my amazing camera (a Canon IXY 900IS) with amazing 288mm wide lens helps but still. All these pictures were taken at the Tobu World Square, an amazing place. Here you can find 1/25 replicas of some of Japan's and the world's most famous buildings.

Yoyogi Park



In the foreground is an image is Yoyogi gymnasium built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics located in Yoyogi park.

Tokyo Station



Another fine picture showing my superior aerial photography skills (not!). Hopefully through this series you'll be able to see some shots of famous Japanese sites without even coming here! This one is of of the famed Tokyo station. And yes it is this busy. One thing to note about all these pictures though ... there is no greenery in Tokyo. You won't see tree like these anywhere.

The Japanese Diet



I guess you're wondering what dieting has to do with this picture? If you guessed 'nothing' then you're right! But those in the know will recognize this building as the Diet of Japan, the parliament building in other words. The Diet is located in central Tokyo but extra points go to those who can figure out where this picture was taken from!

Me and the car

Such a nice picture of me I just had to post it. This is from my sea kayaking experiences with Mike. The picture is shameless stolen from Mike's Blender No I am not responsible for the wreck behind me ...

Kayaking



A few weeks ago Mike invited me to join him and and his girlfriend to spend the night over in Shimoda
and do some sea kayaking in the morning. You can see Mike's full write up of the event at Mike's web site, Mike's Blender. You need to scroll down a bit to find it. Mike has much more free time than me so he can afford to wax lyrical and do a good write up.

Don't pee on the toilet!


Just thought this was funny. A biodegradable toilet? Wouldn't sit on it too long!

Thailand Vacation


In May I went to Thailand for a 10 day vacation. I chose a place called The Sanctuary. I chose this particular 'resort' because they offered three-times daily yoga lessons and the rooms looked great (or at least the pictures on the web site looked great). I enjoyed myself but lets just say that it wasn't all that I expected it to be. The beach wasn't great (the sand is rough and not silky smooth and white) and the waves pretty big. The rooms are spartan and though the web site makes the 'outdoor' shower and toilet attached to each private bungalow sound great, they aren't. Rustic at best is how I would describe the showers/toilets. Mine was even worse because I had a huge lizard that decided to live there.

I did enjoy the yoga though and learned some new styles. I have a new appreciation for Yin and Ashtanga yoga. I just wish I could practice yoga more often in Tokyo!

My Name!


My name card at the wedding reception!

Vincent's Marriage


On April 22 Vincent married Makiko. The ceremony was held in Ginza (Tokyo) and I was lucky enough to be invited. Vincent's father made the trip to attend it was nice to see him again. I sat at the same table with him during the reception and we had some nice chats.

Alex came back!


Back in April, our friend Alex came to visit (with his now wife Junko). Alex was here in Tokyo until 2004(?) and was the first person I met when I joined the Futako-tamagawa ultimate group. We went out with Mike and Mike (both from Ultimate) to play some disc golf in Tachikawa.

Up, up, and away!


It's been a while since my last post. Hope you have all missed me!? In case any of you are wondering what my morning commute to the office is like here's a picture. I take the subway to the office and need to transfer at Yurakucho station, here's the view on the way up the escalators.