Together with Gonzague we spent one week in Wakayama prefecture. Our visit ends tomorrow with many marvels on our schedule. So far our journey was made of temples, onsens, forests, cemeteries, sunsets in mountains on beaches. A intense and incredibly rich week indeed. This picture was taken at the Main Gate in Koyasan, a really […]

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What used to be the former bus station in Shinjuku Nishi-guchi is now a dedicated Pokemon hunters gathering area. In front of the colorful Yodobashi, a lot of these digital hunters regroup in the evening looking for new monsters for their collections. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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Tokyo is an endless surprise. This sunset was captured in Hachijojima, a small volcanic island roughly 300km south of Tokyo, but still administratively IN Tokyo. A simple 40mn domestic flight from Haneda airport will take you there for a good dose of wilderness including diving with turtles, hiking on top of a volcano, walking in […]

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Jo-namagashi, a very special kind of sweets usually served with green tea. Using red bean paste and lightly sweet, these very elegant delicacies are to be eaten with your eyes first. gear used: fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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Ukai at it’s best: the master and his cormorants are fishing. Within under an hour roughly they will catch 15 “ayu”. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX50S + 110mm f/2

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Ukai is an ancient style of fishing involving cormorants, a big fire, and many “ayu”. Here is Masahiko-san, one of the few cormorant-fishing masters left in Gifu. They use to fish at night on the Nagara river, right below Gifu castle, and catch mostly Ayus (also called sweetfish), a very local fish usually eaten simply […]

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Evenings start feeling cooler and much less humid, making it ideal to enjoy an little walk outside, with friends or family. Odaiba is an interesting place at night, for it always offers wonderful views on Tokyo across the bay. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 16mm f/1.4

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One of the many Izakaya found in Tokyo. I love these Japanese evenings, made of colors, lights, tasting like beer and perfect to share a good moment with friends. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 110mm f/2

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Shimbashi by night is a totally different Tokyo. Forget the business-clean-mannered daytime city you may know. Little izakaya light up all the lanterns they can, people fill those narrow alleys to enjoy drinks and snacks,restaurants and bar staffs try to “fish” some customers while many girls propose massage or drink services, “et probablement plus si […]

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First “they” restored the old building, making the old station beautiful again (along with some technical upgrades such as a newer quake-proof structure, etc.) Then they cleaned the mess in front of the station: it is now a mostly pedestrian zone with some vegetation, and underground parking lots. Far from the big taxi playground it […]

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The “beach season” usually ends on September 1st around here. It does not mean that the beaches are closed, but simply that the wooden barracks hosting temporary cafes and restaurants are removed, that life guards are sent back to their universities or jobs, that beaches won’t be crowded as they use to be in July […]

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One of Tokyo’s famous perspectives, which you’ll enjoy in Shinjuku while walking on the pedestrian bridge connecting the former Southern Terrace to the JR station’s south exit. The three towers keep reminding me of the Eye of Sauron… they are in fact the Park Tower, the second tallest structure in Shinjuku with their 235m and […]

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