Category: travel

Ooyama Mountain Adventure

Ooyama Mountain Adventure

Sigh. Was the last time I blogged really 2 months ago? Real life (and work) will do that to you, I suppose. I’ve actually taken quite a few photos over the past 8 weeks, but have been sitting on them since I haven’t had time to process them. But what time better to start than the present? A few weeks ago the lovely Satomi and I decided to get out of the city for a bit and headed over to Oyama-san in neighboring Kanagawa prefecture for some mountain air and a bit of autumn leaf peeping.

Nishi-Rokugo Tire Park

Tire Park Blue Skies

Originally I was going to climb a mountainand get some nature, but I’ve had the striking misfortune of being sick all week (this is actually the second time I’ve been sick in less than a month, wtf?!) so I figured that probably wasn’t the wisest idea in the world. And with the temperatures being what they were, I wasn’t sure venturing somewhere outside of Tokyo would be a good idea either, so instead I opted to stop by the Nishi-Roku Tire Park in Kamata.

Inatori Smallpox Ward

Inatori Smallpox Ward Haikyo Adventure

The actual place itself is obviously not on any maps; even the road which were described as being markers by which to orient yourself had long ago been subsumed into the ground, buried in a landslide after an earthquake decades ago, and replaced by a new, similarly-named road which ran in a different, misleading direction. As a result, it took us a while to actually find the place, involving a lot of driving back and forth through a narrow cliffside highway, and even a brief trepidatious detour down what was seriously the scariest tunnel I have ever been in in my entire life – pitch black, barred with fencing on one end, broken glass and debris everywhere, water (or something) dripping from the ceilings, a cave-in on the other side with only a single wavering shaft of thin fading light illuminating the end…. we half expected zombies or crazed murderers to come flying out of there at any point!

Takao-san Redux


Golden Week officially began last Friday, which meant it was the perfect time for an impromptu one-day excursion to nearby Takao-san with the lovely Becca. Surprisingly (or not, I suppose, given the events that have transpired over the last couple of months) the mountain was a lot less crowded than usual for Golden Week, which made for a lovely, leisurely, non-stampede-inducing ascent.

Kamakura B&W

Kamakura B&W Post

Some photos from a day trip to Kamakura with the lovely Starbucks Girl last year in the autumn. It was perfect weather to visit Kamakura and despite the swelling crowds, we had a really wonderful day.

Reversible Destiny

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A while back the lovely Okapi and I ran across some pretty awesome looking Tokyo apartments on the internet. And it being delightful autumn weather recently, we decided last weekend we ought to make the journey out west of Shinjuku to take a look.

Sanya Photowalk

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Our photowalk took us through what used to be the old Sanya neighborhood in Tokyo, over towards Asakusa and the location of the new Tokyo Sky Tree. It’s about as urban as things get in Tokyo, with lots of wonderfully textured concrete, steel, power cables, shuttered buildings and what not, and the fact that we could see the Sky Tree poking up intermittently through the clouds and gaps in the stormy skyline (as if some foreboding Tower of Mordor or whatever) (I may have screwed that name up, but I’m talking about the bad guy’s tower in The Lord of the Rings) only made it that much better.



It’s been a while since I’ve been in a car with the lovely Risapie (in fact, I believe the last time was some 7 years ago!!) but last weekend we found ourselves in a car headed to a very rainy Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) for a lovely overnight trip to the beautiful Fujigoko area out west of Tokyo. It’s the middle of the rainy season here and as luck would have it, it rained all weekend AND I forgot my umbrella… things weren’t all bad, however, I ended up getting some pretty nice photos of a cloud-covered Mt. Fuji which make for a nice change of pace from the usual blue-skies postcard-type shots.

Tokyo B&W

Tokyo B&W

I woke up at 5:20 AM this morning and decided to take the day off to attend to the huge pile of things I had to do that have built up over the past month. I started out making some pretty decent progress but then when lunch rolled around I took a break to surf the net whilst stuffing my face and sort of lost my momentum. One of the things I’ve been meaning to do is update the blog, and so here I am, trying to regain my motivation to churn though the list of things for today. I spent a few minutes trying to think of what to write about, but nothing particular came to my mind. So instead, I decided to clear out a bunch of B&W photos I had laying around from various places in Tokyo. I don’t like to mix them in with colour photos, so they sit and wait for posts like this where I can clear them out in one go.