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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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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A man on his way to work walks past a collection of vintage Godzilla movie posters Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 35mm f/0.95

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Back in Tokyo after a couple of monthes away… time to resume feeding this page, starting with this sacred knot, a view so typical of the many little hidden temples you’ll come across walking in Tokyo. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + Mitakon 35mm f/0.95

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The famous green tea fields of Obuchi Sasaba, in Shizuoka prefecture. The area is filled with those green and perfectly aligned bushes. This area in particular is famous for its view on Mount Fuji. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 35mm f/0.95

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This kind of tenderness is rather rare in Japan… but the sunset this day was so magical that many people just stopped for a while, relaxed, and enjoyed this warm evening and its wonderful hues. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 35mm f/0.95

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You had a long day visiting many interesting locations in Tokyo. You walked a lot, spent hours in trains and metros, and you need a little break. If the weather is fine you can head to Odaiba, get off the Yurikamome line at Odaiba Kaihin Koen station. There, stop by one of the convenience store […]

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To celebrate children, Japanese hang those colorful koinobori. They symbolize the family, the black one being the father; in the past the red one stood for the eldest son, and the following ones (if any) the others boys and had different colors according to the regions where they were displayed. Recently this celebration which was […]

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We just came back from a few days in the countryside, camping near Mount Fuji, on the western side of the volcano. Nice weather, BBQ everyday… and fantastic view from sunrise to sunset. After a couple of nights your head is fully “washed” and you should be ready to dive back into the urban civilization. […]

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Taken somewhere under Tokyo, in one of those numerous remarkably clean metro platform running under the giant city. Gear used: Fujifilm X’T2 + Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 II

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