Traveling around Japan I'm often struck by an attention to detail that impacts many aspects of the "look" both in terms of how buildings and other things are presented.First off one of the things that strikes you is how incredibly clean the entire place is. It's not just "clean" but almost "hygienic", though not in a bad way.The meticulous attention to detail is … [Read more...] about Japanese Wooden Roofing
The Atomic Bomb dome in HiroshimaOne of the things that is hard to forget when travelling in Japan is how much of the country was destroyed during the Second World War. There are constant reminders as you travel around some of the destinations popular with tourists.But when you get to Hiroshima you're dealing with something on a whole other level.On August 6 1945 … [Read more...] about Hiroshima and Peace
Unlike many Japanese cities Kyoto was able to escape most of the bombing during the Second World War, so there are quite a few areas of the city that are full of quite old buildings. The streets in some of these areas are narrow and the architectural style has a certain grace to it.But this is Japan, where modern and old combine. While in the central shopping districts of … [Read more...] about Blending Modern and Ancient in Kyoto
I'm currently enjoying a few days in Japan prior to attending a business meeting. I'll be talking further about the trip in detail, but I wanted to highlight a couple of things that I've seen on my trip so far.Yesterday I was at "The Golden Pavilion" or "Kinkakuji". It's a Buddhist temple which sits beside a small lake on the outskirts of Kyoto. It's beautiful and the way … [Read more...] about The Golden Pavilion Kinkakuji
I currently have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200. It's fine as cameras go, though I have found its ability to take multiple shots in quick succession a bit lacking. I've taken it on multiple trips to different parts of the globe, including my recent trip to Peru, or to the much closer steam rally over in Stradbally.My Panasonic Lumix is still perfectly fine, but I'm also aware … [Read more...] about Camera Recommendations?