Mr Tanaka’s railway

Tweet My Rough Guide to Japan tells me that the Joetsu Shinkansen from Tokyo to Niigata was the most expensive train track in the world to build. It cost some 6 billion yen per kilometer and about one third of the journey is through tunnels. Built by LDP pork-barrel legend Tanaka Kakuei, the bullet train […]

Help! Lost my phojo.

Tweet A new word: phojo. Seem to have lost my phojo (photo-mojo) these last few weeks. Perhaps it is the summer heat? Perhaps it is the drip drip drip of desperate news on this industry? But I am shooting less than usual and severely lacking inspiration. I’m even leaving my GR1 at home at the […]

The fight against “Paris Syndrome”

Tweet Here’s a fun photo story from the Reuter’s blog. A group of Japanese expats in Paris are helping tidy the city in an attempt to ammeliorate the symptoms of “Paris Syndrome”. According to Wikipedia, Paris Syndrome is: “a constellation of symptoms primarily affecting mood which affects visitors working and vacationing in Paris, France.” Basically, […]


Tweet “Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light.” Very wise words from Mattias’ blog. It made me think of the time a few years ago when I interviewed a Japanese singer and sat in on the photo shoot afterwards. Since I’d just bought my first pro Nikon digital camera, I […]

New Year’s Resolutions

Tweet Sorry for the blog hiatus . . . New Year’s Resolutions Blog more often Don’t get freaked out by the poor economic climate depression Dive into multimedia (watch this space) Shed my aversion to Photoshop Take LOTS and LOTS of photos – preferably of things no-one’s photographed before. At least not in the same […]

Hayao Miyazaki for Prime Minister

Tweet When Hayao Miyazaki spoke at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club in Tokyo he said he could never be the Prime Minister of Japan because “you can’t tell the truth to people who do not want to hear”. But here are 10 reasons why he SHOULD have the top job. (Who knows, there could be a […]

Back in Japan / Only in Japan

Tweet Ahh. Back in Tokyo. Here are two things you probably wouldn`t find anywhere else! Decibel display on a building site. Musn`t disturb the neighbours. Erm . . . cheese curry pot noodle

Ping Mag

Tweet Japanese construction worker fashion! Very cool article from Ping Mag And if you don’t believe they are serious . . . press release (bottom of the page)

gold leaf chocolate

Tweet the recession must have ended!

train rules

Tweet poster on the train asking people to “sit in the correct way” with their legs behind the line the reality!


Tweet I’m writing an article on arcades at the moment . . . Japan’s first video game machine

Smarties redesigned

Tweet “If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth’s equator.” BBC online


Tweet Cow brand beauty soap. Could need some PR work for export . . .

North Korea’s webpage

Tweet North Korea has a webpage! Link

100 things to do before you die

Tweet Guardian article

Sliding block puzzle page

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Takadanobaba Ramen shop

Tweet A queue for the tiniest tattiest noodle shop I’ve even seen I think. They must make some mean ramen.

kanji software

Tweet wish I’d heard about this software when I started learning kanji . . .

Don’t panic!

Tweet Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy text adventure!


Tweet Finally succumbed and joined the iPod cult!