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Was I That Small Once?

One owner had to resort to picking his dog up so that the enthusiastic new....

Posted by Andy at May 2, 2007 :: 11:00 AM
Come and Play

I'm having fun, but I want more people to try and trip....

Posted by Andy at May 1, 2007 :: 7:27 AM
You Looking at Me?

Cat Street between Omotesando and Shibuya. A wealth of fashion bootiques and....

Posted by Andy at April 30, 2007 :: 3:05 PM
Hanami

This year's hanami was a bit earlier than last year because it was such a mild winter. It was actually the first winter on record (records began....

Posted by Andy at April 23, 2007 :: 12:25 PM
Matsuri

During the summer there are many Matsuri, or festivals, held in each town around Tokyo. They are essentially....

Posted by Andy at January 26, 2007 :: 2:04 PM
Hanger

Finding patterns amongst the most mundane of daily movements is....

Posted by Andy at January 25, 2007 :: 10:47 AM
Fishing

Scavengers on the beach at Kamakura....

Posted by Andy at January 17, 2007 :: 11:42 AM
Statement

Shibuya, Tokyo. April 2006....

Posted by Andy at January 16, 2007 :: 11:45 AM
too much?

Tokyo, Harajuku. "Do you think I overdid it?"....

Posted by Andy at January 15, 2007 :: 12:16 PM
Wired

Since my camera is currently in the shop having the nasty crystals removed from the inside of the....

Posted by Andy at January 14, 2007 :: 8:20 AM
One with Nature

As the ultimate source of power finishes it's task for the day in....

Posted by Andy at January 9, 2007 :: 1:59 PM
Incense

Happy new year everyone! This is from the inside of a small temple on Hong Kong island. The amount of incense burning inside made for a lovely smell, but....

Posted by Andy at January 4, 2007 :: 2:00 PM
Directions

Onto the main Hong Kong island. If his job is to give directions to the museum, then he's made his....

Posted by Andy at December 13, 2006 :: 9:02 AM
Who will buy...?

Near the bird market is an area lined with flower shops. Not quite a flower market, but certainly some tough....

Posted by Andy at December 12, 2006 :: 9:41 AM
Lonesome

Last one from the bird market before moving elsewhere in Hong Kong....

Posted by Andy at December 11, 2006 :: 9:57 AM
Escapee

On the Kowloon side of the bay there is an incredible bird market. Hundreds of birds in cages being....

Posted by Andy at December 9, 2006 :: 9:37 AM
There's no place like it

Hong Kong is a great place, but for those who just want to get away for a while it's nice to know there....

Posted by Andy at December 2, 2006 :: 12:38 PM
Protect

 

Posted by Andy at November 25, 2006 :: 10:59 AM
This Way

As well as the clothes, the kids also get to wear the make up. They must feel like they've been allowed into the world of adulthood for a day.

Posted by Andy at November 24, 2006 :: 12:56 PM
Proud

On special occasions such as Culture day, young boys and girls get to wear their....

Posted by Andy at November 23, 2006 :: 11:54 PM
Culture day #2

From a kneeling position to a leaping attack. The scream as the power is released would be terrifying if....

Posted by Andy at November 22, 2006 :: 3:50 AM | Comments(1)
Culture Day #1

A fair amount of time has passed since my last post which is a shame as I have quite a few photos I'd like to share you with you all. Unfortunately things have been...

Posted by Andy at November 15, 2006 :: 3:42 PM
Hallelujah

They put their heart and soul into every song.

Posted by Andy at October 22, 2006 :: 1:01 PM
Meiji Dolls #3

Leading the pack....

Posted by Andy at October 19, 2006 :: 1:19 PM
Meiji Dolls #2

The queen of the dolls was viewing the sunset....

Posted by Andy at October 18, 2006 :: 1:13 PM
Meiji Dolls #1

Another visit to Meiji shrine. Just before sunset this time and accompanied by a large number....

Posted by Andy at October 17, 2006 :: 1:01 PM
Thoroughfare

The main Ginza shopping street. During the days at the weekend they close the road to traffic and cafes put tables, chairs and....

Posted by Andy at September 26, 2006 :: 8:05 AM | Comments(2)
Walk That Thar Plank

For the not so keen eyed amoung you, here is the afore mentioned tourist friendly pirate....

Posted by Andy at September 25, 2006 :: 8:03 AM
Ahoy There

Both the swans (白鳥 - the characters mean "white" and "bird") and the fishermen were sharing their lake with pirates. Not only that, but tourist friendly pirates at that. A 40 minutes cruise from one tip of the lake to....

Posted by Andy at September 24, 2006 :: 8:05 AM
白鳥

For those wandering how I was so close to the fishermen. Here is your answer. I was peddling around in one of this lovely swan-mobiles. Great fun....

Posted by Andy at September 23, 2006 :: 8:01 AM
Queueing For Fish

There were many small fishing boats on the lake even though it was raining pretty heavily it didn't deter them. Some of the boats had some kind of navigation looking device which....

Posted by Andy at September 22, 2006 :: 8:07 AM
In The Rain

I recently took myself to Hakone and despite the awful weather it was nice to get out of Tokyo for a day and see some greenery, and some less....

Posted by Andy at September 21, 2006 :: 8:04 AM
Bridal Procession

After the wedding there is a prossession across the courtyard. The red umbrella is over the newly married couple, and the priests who lead them across....

Posted by Andy at September 19, 2006 :: 10:29 AM
Stomping Ground

The stomping grounds of the Japanese youth are slightly more formal than the....

Posted by Andy at September 18, 2006 :: 10:24 AM
Caring and Sharing

The Rockabiliies had a new dance routine. It involved some excellent hand gestures and lots of....

Posted by Andy at September 17, 2006 :: 10:28 AM
Over Easy

An impressive rope routine involving four people constantly changing who was in the middle and....

Posted by Andy at September 16, 2006 :: 10:28 AM
Grinch

Scary man walking around Yoyogi park area. People....

Posted by Andy at September 15, 2006 :: 10:24 AM
Battling

The balance these guys and girls have is incredible. They seem to move in slow motion when doing cartwheels....

Posted by Andy at September 14, 2006 :: 10:16 AM
Capoeira

This is the first time I've seen capoeira in Yoyogi park. There was a large event going on with what....

Posted by Andy at September 13, 2006 :: 10:09 AM
Priest

After the wedding procession the priests continue the ceremony until the final bow....

Posted by Andy at September 12, 2006 :: 10:25 AM | Comments(2)
Matching Lantern

The details of the architecture at Meiji Shrine seem to all fit perfectly together, even across the main square....

Posted by Andy at September 11, 2006 :: 10:28 AM
I Command You

"Kyoto, I command you!"... Sometimes we all get a little power hungry.

Posted by Andy at September 10, 2006 :: 10:10 AM
Better than Yours

Kyomizadera in Kyoto. A platform with a famous view of Kyoto; I wonder how many....

Posted by Andy at September 9, 2006 :: 10:11 AM
Retreat

Summer festival time means the yukatta are out in abundance. A lovely sight....

Posted by Andy at September 8, 2006 :: 10:27 AM
Imperfect

Attention to detail is definitely (in general) a Japanese person's forte. They've missed a spot here though.

Posted by Andy at September 7, 2006 :: 10:32 AM | Comments(1)
Up Close and Personal

A poser if ever there was one. Kyoto was full of little beasties, and although I didn't have my large macro....

Posted by Andy at September 6, 2006 :: 1:40 PM
Where do you want to go today?

Ryoanji temple in Kyoto. A great place to stop, relax and contemplate your....

Posted by Andy at September 2, 2006 :: 3:23 AM
The Simple Life

The life of a lizard. Simple, uncomplicated and free of rashes. That's my impression anyway....

Posted by Andy at August 29, 2006 :: 4:28 PM
Watching

Calmly surveying the gardens of Kodaiji temple in Kyoto....

Posted by Andy at August 24, 2006 :: 2:41 PM
I Don't Drink

Like this salaryman, during the lunch hour I like nothing better than....

Posted by Andy at August 19, 2006 :: 10:28 AM
Smile and Pray

Many people come to pray at Meiji shrine, tourists and locals a-like, and there are often....

Posted by Andy at August 18, 2006 :: 10:06 AM
The Feeling

Meiji shrine. It's bustling with tourists but some can still find the magic.

Posted by Andy at August 17, 2006 :: 2:56 PM
To the Right

I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong, It seldom....

Posted by Andy at August 10, 2006 :: 4:05 PM | Comments(2)
Go Halo

It was as if he was singing "There's an anchor around my heart, Dragging me down, Beneath the waves in silence I fall....

Posted by Andy at August 9, 2006 :: 2:08 PM
Commitment

It's a long, uphill struggle trying to get people to rock out on a Sunday afternoon in the park, but....

Posted by Andy at August 7, 2006 :: 10:06 AM
Rock Clown

The weather brings out many more bands at Yoyogi park than the rainy season. These guys were....

Posted by Andy at August 6, 2006 :: 12:18 PM
Coldplay #6

For a number of the quieter songs towards the middle of the gig the band played in this simple four piece setup, and even played....

Posted by Andy at August 4, 2006 :: 11:56 AM
Coldplay #5

Bassist and drummer backlit for your viewing pleasure...

Posted by Andy at August 3, 2006 :: 12:12 PM
Coldplay #4

Chris swung around a lamp on a large rope and then launched it over the crowd so it was swinging all over the....

Posted by Andy at August 2, 2006 :: 12:49 PM
Coldplay #3

During the song Yellow there were huge yellow ballons bouncing around the audience, and when they eventually made it....

Posted by Andy at July 31, 2006 :: 12:45 PM
Coldplay #2

Large screen's behind the band made it easier for those not as....

Posted by Andy at July 30, 2006 :: 1:42 AM
Coldplay #1

This week I went to see the last show of Coldplay's Twisted Logic tour. I had thought our seats would be towards the back of the balcony but it turned out we were three rows....

Posted by Andy at July 23, 2006 :: 11:32 AM
Taxi Range

I realise this is a little hard to make out, but since I couldn't find a better angle you'll have to take me at my word that this is indeed a golf driving range built on top of a taxi....

Posted by Andy at July 19, 2006 :: 12:16 PM
Difficult Decision

Choosing between large televisions can be a tough, relationship challenging moment, but I think the large insects on each....

Posted by Andy at July 18, 2006 :: 2:09 PM | Comments(2)
Guard

My local station Nakameguro. A guard surveys his kingdom before it leaves for....

Posted by Andy at July 17, 2006 :: 2:05 PM
Kaleidoscope

Lots of lovely angles and reflections to be had in Shinjuku. Shame my battery ran out as I was having fun! By the way....

Posted by Andy at July 12, 2006 :: 3:27 PM
Architect

A rare shot of the man who pulls the strings in the LandOfBob. I rarely....

Posted by Andy at July 3, 2006 :: 1:59 PM | Comments(3)
Room For One More

The flag wavers were out in force. It was a shame I missed the parade, although from what I hear it was pretty scaled down version of the ones in....

Posted by Andy at June 26, 2006 :: 1:22 PM
Independent

Yesterday was a bbq type event at the US Embassy residence to celebrate the 4th of July (a little early) with live music, a parade and....

Posted by Andy at June 25, 2006 :: 5:32 AM | Comments(1)
Cruisin'

Some dogs are just too cool for school!....

Posted by Andy at June 14, 2006 :: 4:55 PM | Comments(1)
Hold it Right There

The patterns of the overlayed text in this car park really caught my eye. It struck me as very industrial whilst somehow keeping an artistic feel to it - even if....

Posted by Andy at June 10, 2006 :: 12:23 PM
Pineapple

I didn't realise how pineapples were grown until I saw this strange monstrous looking plants growing out the deep red soil. This variety was alive with colours and....

Posted by Andy at June 9, 2006 :: 2:18 PM
Lighthouse

This is 45 second exposure with the camera pointing into pitch darkness. There are a couple of boats shuffling around at the bottom left and the glow from the beach on the right....

Posted by Andy at June 8, 2006 :: 12:14 PM | Comments(3)
Waikiki

A somewhat similar shot to this one I posted a while back except....

Posted by Andy at June 7, 2006 :: 12:08 PM
Sunny Side Up

Nothing much to say about this shot, so I'll just say I hope your week is going well....

Posted by Andy at June 6, 2006 :: 2:01 PM
Bath Time

A quick dip, ruffle your feathers, and a relaxing bask in the sunshine - what more could you ask for? ....

Posted by Andy at June 5, 2006 :: 1:57 PM | Comments(4)
Experi-Mental

Sometimes an urge hits all of us to just mess around with our toys and occasionally you end up with something....

Posted by Andy at May 31, 2006 :: 12:15 PM
This Time Its Personal

This large but lazy insect on the wall outside my apartment was the perfect excuse to dust off my macro lens recently. I'm reminded every time I....

Posted by Andy at May 30, 2006 :: 3:06 PM | Comments(2)
You'll Blink First

Small dogs appear all over the place when the sun is out. They get an easy ride though with owners taking them out in their bikes and prams. Soon dogs will evolve to have no muscles in their legs and have desires for....

Posted by Andy at May 10, 2006 :: 4:44 PM
Covered in Bees

Last week was "Golden Week" here in Japan, so called because..err...well we have three national holidays in one week resulting in a 5 day weekend. Clearly the....

Posted by Andy at May 9, 2006 :: 4:30 PM
Enofadov

This is from one of my wanders through Shibuya. The motorbike was begging to be....

Posted by Andy at May 3, 2006 :: 2:01 PM | Comments(4)
Joint

There's a bit of digital trickery going on here as you might be able to tell from the strange perspective. The colours have been drained but apart from that can you tell....

Posted by Andy at May 2, 2006 :: 1:54 PM
Still Life

Well unfortunately it's been a while since I took my camera out, and even more unfortunately there's been plenty of great photo opportunities whilst I was cameraless. There's still a few shots in the very slowly moving upload queue, which....

Posted by Andy at May 1, 2006 :: 1:39 PM
Walk Amongst the Flowers

Well I got a few strange looks whilst taking this shot, but I like it. Tokyo is a concrete jungle, but nature can be found if you look hard enough.

In other news I ran a 10k race...

Posted by Andy at April 23, 2006 :: 4:55 PM
Hole in my House

The light was lovely at this time of the evening at the beach in Kamakura. I'll be honest - I moved the shell....

Posted by Andy at April 13, 2006 :: 5:09 PM | Comments(2)
Annex

I realise this looks like I made this up using photoshop, but I assure you this is a real sign. I'll be honest....

Posted by Andy at April 11, 2006 :: 2:58 PM
Drive by

Another popular Sakura spot as you can quickly drive past it on....

Posted by Andy at April 10, 2006 :: 12:09 PM
O Hanami

Meguro River is lined with sakura trees which means it is beautiful at this time of year. People love to....

Posted by Andy at April 9, 2006 :: 12:32 PM
Curtains

Last shot from Okutama for now. At the base of the hill, the streams converge and....

Posted by Andy at April 8, 2006 :: 12:51 PM
Down Stream

One of the three waterfalls we saw at Okutama. This shot doesn't convey how....

Posted by Andy at April 7, 2006 :: 12:42 PM
Put 'em Up

Another shot from Okutama. It was a beautiful day despite a little....

Posted by Andy at April 6, 2006 :: 12:39 PM
Life

In Okutama a little way outside of Tokyo are some lovely hill walks to be had. This is towards the base of one of the hills where a tiny winter rose....

Posted by Andy at April 5, 2006 :: 12:01 PM
Escape

There are many of these stairways on the outside of buildings in Tokyo. There just isn't room....

Posted by Andy at April 4, 2006 :: 3:24 PM
Umbongo

These guys really know how to break out a beat. They feed off....

Posted by Andy at April 3, 2006 :: 12:20 PM
Play That Folky Music

A break from the black and white penchant I've been going through recently, and another from Yoyogi....

Posted by Andy at April 2, 2006 :: 12:17 PM
You Say How High

Back to Yoyogi Park for the next series of shots. In the same spots every week....

Posted by Andy at April 1, 2006 :: 12:14 PM
Rock Till You Drop

Those guys just don't give in. They rock as hard as their slowly detriorating....

Posted by Andy at March 31, 2006 :: 3:11 PM
Lonely at the Top

The Rolling Stones were the mystery rockers last Friday. A cracking gig despite me....

Posted by Andy at March 30, 2006 :: 2:58 PM
Tokyo Dome

On Friday a load of people from work made a last minute trip to the Tokyo Dome for a gig. I'll reveal who it was tomorrow, but it was a great atmostphere....

Posted by Andy at March 29, 2006 :: 12:52 PM | Comments(2)
Pls Join My Band

Pls hlp me play my music. Its 2 cold 2 sit here alone... pls hurry....

Posted by Andy at March 28, 2006 :: 2:43 PM | Comments(2)
Window

A warm spring evening in Nakameguro,...

Posted by Andy at March 25, 2006 :: 11:55 AM
Venting

It takes a while to notice the vent in the wall given the detailed graffiti....

Posted by Andy at March 24, 2006 :: 11:44 AM
High Rise

This is a very distinctive high rise building in Shinjiuku, just north of....

Posted by Andy at March 23, 2006 :: 11:31 AM | Comments(2)
Parabole

The beauty of Shibuya reflected by this parabolic curve....

Posted by Andy at March 22, 2006 :: 12:12 PM
Big Brother

There is always someone watching you. I wonder if Japan has as high a concentration of CCTV....

Posted by Andy at March 21, 2006 :: 12:08 PM
Taller than You

A beautiful day today yesterday despite the silly amounts of wind and I wanted to get a shot that showed off the shadows the....

Posted by Andy at March 20, 2006 :: 12:02 PM | Comments(1)
3 Minutes Happiness

A cheap and cheerful shop in Japan called 3 Minutes Happiness sells a bunch of women's clothes and accessories as well as home....

Posted by Andy at March 19, 2006 :: 2:58 PM
Bridge with Flair

Around the Tokyo bay area is obviously very industrial....

Posted by Andy at March 14, 2006 :: 12:33 PM
Sakura

The cherry blossom season is beginning to bloom. The odd tree here and there are showing their beautiful petals and given how stunning a single tree....

Posted by Andy at March 13, 2006 :: 12:22 PM
Wall of Fame

First proper outing on my shiny new bike this weekend. It is good to see how all the 'towns' of Tokyo fit together by cycling around the area. It's a shame Rainbow bridge....

Posted by Andy at March 12, 2006 :: 4:15 AM | Comments(1)
Weathered

There is something I always find majestic about statues no matter what condition they appear to be in....

Posted by Andy at March 7, 2006 :: 1:29 PM
Endless Shock

Ochanomizu has a wealth of ski and snowboard shops, and closer to the JR station a wealth of guitar, violin, piano and other musical....

Posted by Andy at March 6, 2006 :: 1:00 PM | Comments(2)
Pieces of Rollercoaster

On the side of a university building in Ochanomizu there are several sculptures which could have easily been designed by Escher. From across the square it's very difficult....

Posted by Andy at February 28, 2006 :: 2:24 PM
Ring of Roses

I've walked past this statue many times but never noticed it before. I blame the distracting fountains next to it. Still I'm glad I noticed it this time, I think....

Posted by Andy at February 26, 2006 :: 3:00 PM
In the Spotlight

There was something very film noir about this plant and the lighting effect it created. There is an appropriate starkness to this photo given....

Posted by Andy at February 20, 2006 :: 3:18 PM | Comments(1)
Cabbage Flower

Strange cabbage looking things are planted all over town. My guess is mainly for their bright colours and their durability through the frosty winter....

Posted by Andy at February 19, 2006 :: 12:54 PM | Comments(1)
Too Loud

The neighbours weren't complaining but given the number of hifi, tv and dvd systems on display and the volumes they were at, perhaps they....

Posted by Andy at February 18, 2006 :: 11:58 AM | Comments(3)
Too Fast

I like this one to carry on the "best of the rest" series, despite the lack of clarity or focus. There's enough to tell what it is, although of course I....

Posted by Andy at February 17, 2006 :: 12:18 PM | Comments(2)
Hazard

Often around you see many things other people don't necessarily consider lethal....

Posted by Andy at February 16, 2006 :: 11:56 AM
Taught

I really enjoy getting to see the detail of everyday objects. I hope you enjoy me sharing....

Posted by Andy at February 15, 2006 :: 12:05 PM
For The Ladies

It's that day of the year where romance is in the air, chocolate fountains are flowing and restaurant bookings become hard currency. Happy Valentines Day!....

Posted by Andy at February 14, 2006 :: 8:45 AM | Comments(1)
Decline

A close up view of the steady decline of a (clearly?) Japanese sign. I suppose....

Posted by Andy at February 13, 2006 :: 1:19 PM
Mistake

Another shot from yesterday morning's brief visit from the snow fairies....

Posted by Andy at February 8, 2006 :: 1:48 PM | Comments(1)
Stone Cold

Overnight there was a brief flurry of snow which had already started to melt come morning. I did get this shot....

Posted by Andy at February 7, 2006 :: 3:26 PM
Cosmoworld

At one end of Yokohama there is an amusment park called Cosmo World. It has an impressive ferris wheel, two roller coasters, a logflume and a the usual assortment of horror rides and....

Posted by Andy at February 6, 2006 :: 1:57 PM
Modern Times

Do you ever get the feeling some of the international corporations have succeeded a little too well? That sometimes they've set up franchises in places....

Posted by Andy at February 5, 2006 :: 12:04 PM
Outgrown

A break from China town and time for the lens baby to make another appearance. Sometimes people need to paper over....

Posted by Andy at February 4, 2006 :: 12:10 PM
Lucky Red

Around Chinese new year time the colour red is meant to bring you luck, and the number of red....

Posted by Andy at February 3, 2006 :: 12:14 PM | Comments(2)
Landmark Tower

The landmark tower stands out across the many bays around the Yokohama bay area. With so much water....

Posted by Andy at February 2, 2006 :: 12:31 PM | Comments(3)
Steamy Dragon

There are many such small street food places in Yokohama's China town. They serve dumpling-esque food stuffs containing....

Posted by Andy at February 1, 2006 :: 2:43 PM
Your Future

delete as appropriate... I see a [tall/short], [young/old], [dark/fair], [handsome/ugly]....

Posted by Andy at January 31, 2006 :: 12:19 PM | Comments(3)
Happy New Year

Yesterday was of course Chinese new year (happy new year!) and a few of us took a train to Yokohama which has one of the largest China towns in the world. There was a parade with several dragons and lots....

Posted by Andy at January 30, 2006 :: 12:18 PM
Waves

It's fun playing around with these images in the GIMP. I've got lots of them now, but....

Posted by Andy at January 29, 2006 :: 12:21 PM
Tie the Knot

With all his talk of marriage, I dedicate this shot to Dan! I want to take more photos like this. They are so unpredictable but hopefully I'll end up with something like....

Posted by Andy at January 28, 2006 :: 7:01 AM | Comments(4)
Blanket

There was between 6cm and 10cm of snow in Tokyo yesterday depending on who you believe, and also which area of Tokyo you were in. It started snowing during the night and continued....

Posted by Andy at January 22, 2006 :: 12:42 PM
Language Barrier

This is one of the comparison shots I had in mind. I'm guessing most of you will be able to tell which is the London Underground station at Canary Wharf and which is the Yamanote....

Posted by Andy at January 19, 2006 :: 12:37 PM
Planetary Alignment

I was going to go with a shot that wasn't so obvious what things were, but in the end I preferred this one. I'll refrain from describing it precisely until....

Posted by Andy at January 18, 2006 :: 12:18 PM | Comments(4)
Guidance

One of the many extravagant buildings in Omotesando. This one belong to a chap named Christian....

Posted by Andy at January 17, 2006 :: 11:58 AM
Five

The art of caligraphy practised on a wooden post. I think this is the kanji for the number 5, please....

Posted by Andy at January 16, 2006 :: 12:11 PM | Comments(3)
Butt Divine

The cigerette, perhaps the universal litter, as it rested in what looked to be like a set of tracks in stone that could be used for divining....

Posted by Andy at January 15, 2006 :: 12:22 PM
The World Turns

I'm pleased with how this one turned out. It seems to be as if the cyclists....

Posted by Andy at January 14, 2006 :: 12:18 PM
Omekuji

Omekuji (pronounced oh-meh-koo-ji) is essentially a fortune paper which are normally found around shrines and temples. The way to select your fortune is to shake the hexagonol metal....

Posted by Andy at January 13, 2006 :: 12:15 PM
Snack of Champions

It is unusual for a festival or event of any kind not to have a gathering of food stalls nearby and....

Posted by Andy at January 12, 2006 :: 11:57 AM | Comments(1)
Brellas

The following day at Asakusa was just as busy despite the rain. As always the Japanese are serious about their events and are not afraid of a sea of....

Posted by Andy at January 11, 2006 :: 12:04 PM
New Year Approach

On the approach to the main shrine the crowds were a little thinner. I'm assuming this area was also swarming with people earlier in the....

Posted by Andy at January 10, 2006 :: 12:48 PM
Please Wait

This shot gives a better idea of the number of guards that were at Meiji shrine on new years day. I hope....

Posted by Andy at January 9, 2006 :: 12:43 PM
Move Along

As promised we're back to Tokyo now. At the start of a new year many Japanese like to visit a shrine to pray and donate a few coins to bring luck....

Posted by Andy at January 8, 2006 :: 12:44 PM
Epiphaneve

Since it is bad luck to still have decorations up after the Epiphany I'd better post this one today to be sure to not....

Posted by Andy at January 5, 2006 :: 12:55 PM | Comments(1)

Ewe

Ewe

The new Spitalfields Market in the heart of the city has several new and varied sculptures. These large size letters fit well with yesterday's image, so I posted them even though I didn't get a shot of them....

Posted by Andy at January 4, 2006 :: 2:43 PM | Comments(2)
Nothing to See Here

Other passers-by seemed incredibly non-plussed by the towering Christmas tree complete with decerations and topped with a lethal looking star....

Posted by Andy at January 3, 2006 :: 12:50 PM
Death to the Walkman

Perhaps this innocuous little sign in a London shop front was the cause of the entire iPod revolution. Or perhaps the artist meant something entirely different. What do you think?....

Posted by Andy at January 2, 2006 :: 2:00 PM
Baubley

Something festive for the last post of 2005. Large lighted baubles in the trees underneath Canary Wharf....

Posted by Andy at December 31, 2005 :: 9:47 AM | Comments(3)
London Rink

If you want to ice skate in London this winter there are a multitude of rinks to choose from. Canary Wharf, Liverpool Stree and Tower of London to name but....

Posted by Andy at December 30, 2005 :: 4:12 PM
Ice Flake

On the plane heading towards London I put my shiny new macro lens to work. Crystals often get formed on the windows....

Posted by Andy at December 29, 2005 :: 6:12 PM
Earing

It's amazing where leaves will find themselves as they fall from the trees. This one managed to place itself in a perfect....

Posted by Andy at December 15, 2005 :: 3:49 PM
Pollen Drop

Another shot from the park in the drizzle. Did I mention....

Posted by Andy at December 13, 2005 :: 1:25 PM
First Drop

After seeing so many fantastic shots of water and other liquids (not fluids for those pedantic chemists among us) at sites such as round-here.net (this shot being one of my favourites), I've been wanting to try my hand at such photography....

Posted by Andy at December 12, 2005 :: 2:29 PM
Rising Light

The Roppongi Hills building as seen by a lensbaby....

Posted by Andy at December 10, 2005 :: 6:40 AM | Comments(1)
Christmas Tree

I thought it was about time for me to break out the Lensbaby again. These christmas lights are constantly changing colour from....

Posted by Andy at December 6, 2005 :: 1:09 PM | Comments(1)
Fake Smile

...and here is one them up close and personal. Don't be scared, be uplifted....

Posted by Andy at December 5, 2005 :: 1:35 PM
Face Time

Another scultpure outside of Aoyama Theatre. Lots of brightly covered faces pointing in every direction and each with a big grin....

Posted by Andy at December 4, 2005 :: 9:32 AM
Cupid's Shopping

Even Angels are jealous of other people's shopping! Hopefully they've blessed it with their cupid's arrows....

Posted by Andy at December 3, 2005 :: 2:38 AM
City View

On the 52nd floor of Roppongi hills is a viewing area overlooking most of Tokyo including this section around the Tokyo tower....

Posted by Andy at November 29, 2005 :: 2:59 PM | Comments(1)
Skippy

A few days back I wombled past Aoyama theatre which has a few scultpures outside and this one high up on the outside wall. It....

Posted by Andy at November 27, 2005 :: 3:38 AM | Comments(1)
Cos Play Gang

Meet Katy and Jill. They are part of the Cos Play Gang and like to hang out in Harajuku at the weekends with their strange clothes, piercings and rather freaky contact lenses. Actually I've no idea what their names are, but they were kind enough to pose for me....

Posted by Andy at November 26, 2005 :: 4:42 AM | Comments(1)
YOYOgi park

The unique cos-play-gang are a large group of teenagers that hang out in the Harajuku area at weekends. They dress in strange mix of goth and s&m and attract many a tourist and photographer....

Posted by Andy at November 20, 2005 :: 11:24 AM | Comments(1)
autumnal

A lovely fresh autumnal weekend, the leaves were blowing round everywhere and piling up where ever they could.

This weather always reminds me of that Scene wiTh the carriEr bag blows around like a raG doll. I'd love to tAke aN artistic photO as Good as that befoRe Autumn runs out - PerHaps it is mY time?

Posted by Andy at November 15, 2005 :: 1:11 PM | Comments(6)
...For a Horse

Lovely sunny day yesterday. Autumn is nearly....

Posted by Andy at November 6, 2005 :: 3:16 AM | Comments(2)
Last Call for Temple Viewing

As I haven't been out taking many snaps lately (*insert excuses here*), here is another from Kyoto. The sun is nearly down as the last straggers rush up the hill to try and catch a glimpse of one last temple for the day.

It'll soon be the time of year when the maple leaves start....

Posted by Andy at November 5, 2005 :: 2:27 AM | Comments(1)
Fans
Posted by Andy at October 24, 2005 :: 3:05 PM | Comments(2)
Nanzenji

Those lucky people that have been following my escapades on thelandofbob for a while may remember the photo of a dry garden....

Posted by Andy at October 17, 2005 :: 2:20 PM | Comments(1)
V.I.M.

These samples must have arrived to a full red carpet welcome. They are afterall very important...

Posted by Andy at October 16, 2005 :: 12:53 PM
Kinkakuji

The Golden Pavillion in Kyoto. When last I was here it was raining particularly hard and the sea of umbrellas made it a very different visit. This time around the rain wasn't far away....

Posted by Andy at October 15, 2005 :: 4:16 AM | Comments(2)
What a drip

After a long weekend in Kyoto i'd thought i'd set ...

Posted by Andy at October 12, 2005 :: 2:13 PM | Comments(2)
Hungry or Tired?

Since I didn't have any food, the fish were either trying to eat my camera or....

Posted by Andy at October 7, 2005 :: 1:36 PM
Holy Lichen

Another shot from a temple in Kamakura. The low walls with such simple design but yet intricate detail compliment the natural beauty in the surrounding flora.

Posted by Andy at October 2, 2005 :: 12:33 PM
Protectors

These are small statues outside of Hase shrine in Kamakura. Erie to see so many of them, as they are supposed to be paced there to watch over the soul of children lost to a miscarriage or abortion.

Posted by Andy at October 1, 2005 :: 11:11 AM | Comments(2)
Great Buddha

An hour's train right from Tokyo is Kamakura. It has several temples and shrines to walk around and has a similar atmostphere to Kyoto but on a smaller scale. The notable exception is this Great Buddha shrine....

Posted by Andy at September 28, 2005 :: 1:26 PM | Comments(4)
Put your arms in the air

Okay so one more sumo photo for now. Something different tomorrow I promise!....

Posted by Andy at September 27, 2005 :: 5:23 PM
Inevitable

You know that feeling when you realise you're going to fall over and there's nothing you can do about it? I wonder if people in the front row....

Posted by Andy at September 26, 2005 :: 2:56 PM
Purifying Salt

As part of the lengthy prepatation and rituals that precede each bout the wrestlers cleanse their mouth with power water, stomp their legs, slap themselves and throw salt into the ring to purify it....

Posted by Andy at September 24, 2005 :: 3:54 AM | Comments(2)
Hefty Preparation

How about this to get the sumo ball rolling? There is plenty of opportunity to take pictures during the build up to each bout as each fight....

Posted by Andy at September 21, 2005 :: 4:17 PM | Comments(2)
Ferris of Colour

I really need to come up with more imaginative titles for these photos. Went to a sumo tournmanent yesterday so expect the next few photos to be from there. I hope you don't get bored of them!....

Posted by Andy at September 20, 2005 :: 3:26 PM | Comments(1)
Tunnel Vision

Interested to know if anyone is using the RSS feed on this site. I've still got it on my todo list to create two further feeds: one with the full posts and one for the comments. Let me know....

Posted by Andy at September 19, 2005 :: 5:19 AM | Comments(1)
Skater Dog

Yoyogi park is a large area filled with wonderous things. On the weekends, especially the sunny ones, there is such a wide range of activities going on its hard to not be amazed. Here are just some of the things I've seen this afternoon....

Posted by Andy at September 18, 2005 :: 3:59 PM
Just Browsing

Not much to say on this one really. Taken outside one of the many ladies trendy clothes shops in Roppongi Hills. Its where....

Posted by Andy at September 17, 2005 :: 9:04 AM
Hanabi

This is one of the not very good photos of the firework show that I was talking about....

Posted by Andy at September 15, 2005 :: 1:31 PM
Alone in a crowd

It may be rush hour, but not everyone is heading to work....

Posted by Andy at September 14, 2005 :: 3:15 PM | Comments(3)
Delusions of Grandeur

I'm back on the grid at my apartment now so I'll try and catch up on some of the photos I've been taking.....

Posted by Andy at September 13, 2005 :: 2:08 PM
Slated

Although rather plain looking I like the angles and simple colours in this shot. It's obvious to me what it is - is it....

Posted by Andy at August 9, 2005 :: 4:00 AM
Keep Your Burger Safe

Imagine the following scenario if you will. You've just bought a happy meal. Six chicken nuggets, some chips and a cup of coke flavoured water. You go to open the nuggets and then you realise you've also been blessed with the rarest, coolest, must-play-with-now toy....

Posted by Andy at August 8, 2005 :: 4:04 PM | Comments(1)
Tokyo Bikes

The amount of bikes in Tokyo may even rival that of Cambridge or even Amsterdam!

Posted by Andy at August 7, 2005 :: 3:08 PM | Comments(2)
Fuji Climbers

Once we reached the top of Mount Fuji at around 03:00 in the biting cold winds a look over the edge back down the way we'd come....

Posted by Andy at August 6, 2005 :: 10:54 AM
Life Goes On

Even in old, solidified lava life can still sustain itself. Bravo to the many plants that....

Posted by Andy at August 4, 2005 :: 2:14 PM
Mount Fuji

Morning view of the peak from the 5th station where we started and finished our climb.

Posted by Andy at August 3, 2005 :: 2:47 PM | Comments(2)
Beware Falling Rocks

On the descending route there were the occasional 'tunnel' such as this one. To protect....

Posted by Andy at August 2, 2005 :: 2:58 PM
Fuji Sunset

Sunset at 3,000m - above the clouds - is a beautiful sight. As more and more clouds turned....

Posted by Andy at August 1, 2005 :: 3:20 PM
Mount Fuji Lift

It seems the easiest way to climb Mount Fuji is to get someone to give you a lift!

Posted by Andy at July 31, 2005 :: 12:46 PM | Comments(3)
Flower Burst

I've not had a chance to take many pictures of Tokyo that I'm ready to post, so rather than not posting for ages like I'm prone to do, I'm posting one....

Posted by Andy at July 27, 2005 :: 3:43 PM | Comments(1)
lantern of fortune

Just out of shot is a great big spinning lantern with three contestants and a large crowd clapping like....

Posted by Andy at July 24, 2005 :: 8:42 AM | Comments(1)
Yutenji Lanterns 2

I liked these lanterns - guess there isn't much more I can say. The repeated patterns and colours...

Posted by Andy at July 20, 2005 :: 3:39 PM
Yutenji Lanterns

Needless to say I'm a lot happier with this shot compared to yesterday's. After starting the long gruelling road signposted "house hunting", three of us took a trip to the Yutenji (a temple/shrine)...

Posted by Andy at July 18, 2005 :: 1:20 PM | Comments(4)
Baseball can be fun

This is clearly not a photo I'd normally post. I don't particularly like it in any way, shape or form. It is also all nothing to write home about. Wait. That is exactly what I'm using....

Posted by Andy at July 17, 2005 :: 5:24 PM | Comments(4)
Runner Reflects

Back to Canary Wharf for this entry. A little crop is all the post processing that's....

Posted by Andy at June 20, 2005 :: 10:14 PM
Untruth

Somthing didn't quite ring true with this scene....

Posted by Andy at June 10, 2005 :: 11:41 PM | Comments(1)
Manneken Pis

The Manneken Pis is a delightful statue/fountain that has become a iconic figure in Brussels. These are....

Posted by Andy at June 7, 2005 :: 10:17 PM
Windswept

The weather in Brussels wasn't exactly calm, sunny blue skies. The wind was pretty strong and some....

Posted by Andy at June 6, 2005 :: 8:23 PM | Comments(1)
Gargoyle

Well it's now been over a month since I've posted anything to landofbob, but I've been busy. I've bought....

Posted by Andy at June 4, 2005 :: 10:57 AM
marathon baby

This is me after a mere 10 miles of road pounding. As you can tell from this picture I'm still quite fresh and quite pleased to see Alan, despite knowing I already had....

Posted by Andy at May 3, 2005 :: 7:35 PM
Amy Wadge

Ladies and gentlemen meet Amy Wadge. At a quaint little very personal gig down in Putney a few days ago I learnt that you do in fact pronounce....

Posted by Andy at April 2, 2005 :: 10:05 PM
25 Cents for a View

A view of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, New York seen in the view finder of a....

Posted by Andy at March 26, 2005 :: 8:48 PM | Comments(3)
Three Headed Gull

Sat serenely watching the Brooklyn bridge in New York, New York....

Posted by Andy at March 24, 2005 :: 12:05 AM | Comments(2)
Hedgehog Cake

The next birthday party required a cake to equal the Pig Cake, and I think Harriot Hedgehog....

Posted by Andy at March 21, 2005 :: 11:01 PM | Comments(2)
Genius Bar

I visited the London Apple shop yesterday, and what a marvel it was. Almost trying too hard to be trendy it had a small lecture theatre style area where a sales guy was describing....

Posted by Andy at March 6, 2005 :: 5:36 PM
Jailhouse Greens

Jailhouse Greens - shadowy lines....

Posted by Andy at February 28, 2005 :: 10:00 PM
James Blunt

On Tuesday night in Scala at Kings Cross I saw this gentleman, James Blunt, play an excellent set. It was a very different gig....

Posted by Andy at February 24, 2005 :: 7:42 PM | Comments(17)
Metallic Litter

I'm not really sure what I like about this picture, but I do. Perhaps the metallic look of the puddle. What....

Posted by Andy at February 21, 2005 :: 8:44 PM | Comments(3)
Tokyo Tower

A Parisian twist to the Japanese capital....

Posted by Andy at January 30, 2005 :: 9:33 PM
Busy Shrine

Ueno, Tokyo; business people leave the gardens and head for the shrine....

Posted by Andy at January 29, 2005 :: 11:36 PM
Mr Donut

Leave your shoes at the door please....

Posted by Andy at January 28, 2005 :: 6:42 PM
Pig Cake

This is my amazing pig cake! Everything was going to plan until I ran out of icing sugar. I did the best patch....

Posted by Andy at January 17, 2005 :: 9:30 PM | Comments(2)
Sleep Boxing

Leo is camera shy?....

Posted by Andy at December 28, 2004 :: 10:25 PM | Comments(1)
Frolic and follicles

Dogs and trees. Got to love them both....

Posted by Andy at December 14, 2004 :: 9:46 PM
Zen Garden

Nanzen-ji in Kyoto....

Posted by Andy at December 9, 2004 :: 7:07 PM
Hide and Seek

Another shot from our walk in the Imperial gardens in Tokyo....

Posted by Andy at December 7, 2004 :: 10:22 PM
Flutterby

Imperial Gardens, Tokyo....

Posted by Andy at November 28, 2004 :: 1:03 PM | Comments(4)
20041102_cwstatue.jpg

statue relief....

Posted by Andy at November 2, 2004 :: 7:49 PM | Comments(1)
Have a Nice Day

Monday morning sun rise to start the week.

Posted by Andy at October 26, 2004 :: 9:42 PM | Comments(1)
Highly Strung

A little acoustic number

Posted by Andy at October 24, 2004 :: 8:47 PM
Broken Light

Another old photo I've been saving for a rainy/uninspired day....

Posted by Andy at October 22, 2004 :: 10:54 PM | Comments(1)
Boat Lights

Boat party photo taking fun

Posted by Andy at October 18, 2004 :: 10:48 PM | Comments(4)
House of Mirrors

Strange building in Leeds....

Posted by Andy at October 17, 2004 :: 10:22 PM
Deference

This tree was truly dwarfed by One Canada Square, and it gave the impression it was cowering beneath the high rise, losing it's leaves in deference to it....

Posted by Andy at October 16, 2004 :: 9:29 PM | Comments(2)
Potzdamer Platz

Pointy, shiney buildings make for nice subjects

Posted by Andy at October 7, 2004 :: 8:14 PM | Comments(2)
Berlin Sony Center

Potzdamer Platz - Berlin....

Posted by Andy at October 3, 2004 :: 10:11 PM | Comments(3)
Berlin Hand Bike

This weekend was the Berlin Marathon and although I wasn't running or skating I was still there to cheer on those who were. There were....

Posted by Andy at September 28, 2004 :: 9:55 PM | Comments(1)
Plain Sunset

After a nice relaxing day of playing guitar and go in the park we were....

Posted by Andy at September 20, 2004 :: 7:07 PM | Comments(1)
The Shadowmen

They might save you....

Posted by Andy at September 19, 2004 :: 3:28 PM
The Man Like Sasha

DJ Sasha in all his mixing glory at Sankey's Soap in Manchester. A three hour set to see....

Posted by Andy at September 14, 2004 :: 9:36 AM
Reflect Upon

West India Quay really catches the light well at sunset this time of year. The sun goes down right between two buildings and the warm hues of sunset seem bounce around between the sky....

Posted by Andy at September 1, 2004 :: 9:03 PM
Orange flower

Like the white flower, but a bit more out in the open and a little less in a hotel wash room!

Posted by Andy at August 31, 2004 :: 10:05 PM
concorde fountain

Sleeping On The Ceiling - A poem by Elizabeth Bishop. It is so peaceful on the ceiling! It is the Place de la Concorde....

Posted by Andy at August 23, 2004 :: 8:33 PM | Comments(1)
Greenwich foot tunnel

a walk through the tunnel....

Posted by Andy at August 15, 2004 :: 5:40 PM | Comments(1)
Jardins des Tuileries

The large ferris wheel in the Jardins des Tuileries in Paris....

Posted by Andy at August 12, 2004 :: 9:32 PM | Comments(2)
Alex: its you

Welcome to a new regular feature on the Land of Bob entitled "Wait a minute... its you!" where we put one of Bob's trustees in the spotlight. This week it's Alex and his....

Posted by Andy at August 5, 2004 :: 10:00 PM
Rush Hour

Welcome to a not very busy Canary Wharf in the rush hour....

Posted by Andy at July 31, 2004 :: 12:47 AM
London Skyline

Sometimes I forget how great the view from my flat is. Consider this a public reminder....

Posted by Andy at July 26, 2004 :: 10:45 PM
Bridge at Night

Using the darkness to get that authentic vanishing lines effect.

Posted by Andy at July 19, 2004 :: 9:36 PM
Slide Guitar

What you can't see from this photo is that Andy from Sevenball is singing along with his guitar. Looking forward to their next gig in London....

Posted by Andy at July 13, 2004 :: 9:29 PM
Rehydrate Them

Although I wasn't running at this years event I did get to have a brief wander around the park whilst the race was underway. This is a shot of one of the prepared tables....

Posted by Andy at July 9, 2004 :: 6:02 PM
Good Versus Evil

In a battle of good versus evil, who will win?

Posted by Andy at July 3, 2004 :: 12:35 AM | Comments(1)
Optical Illusion Grill

It's amazing how differently you see thinks when you're out wandering with a camera. This circular grill seemed like the perfect opportunity to get an....

Posted by Andy at June 27, 2004 :: 7:40 PM
West India Quay

Even if it's raining particularly hard, Canary Wharf still has a certain charm to it....

Posted by Andy at June 26, 2004 :: 10:35 PM
Old and New

Whilst recently on one of my aimless wanders through town I happened upon this lovely example of an old London side by side with the new....

Posted by Andy at June 24, 2004 :: 12:06 AM
Goban

A look at my Go board and a couple of stones at sunset. Although you can't really tell it's sunset from....

Posted by Andy at June 22, 2004 :: 12:33 PM
White Flower

Sticking with the nature theme for today's photographic offering. These flowers were sitting next to so many mirrors it took a while for me to get a shot without my....

Posted by Andy at June 20, 2004 :: 4:11 PM | Comments(1)
riverside home

My first foray out into the thelandofbob with my new camera and I very quickly found my first beasty....

Posted by Andy at June 19, 2004 :: 12:23 AM | Comments(1)
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