Feeling Better

Feeling Better

I am finally starting to feel better.   I am not 100% yet but feeling much better.    I basically slept on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   I am just not used to sleeping this much.    While my body was idle my mind wasn’t.

I have come to the conclusion that my Japanese needs to be much better and decided to make a concerted effort to improve.     I can get by when I need to but find I don’t always put the effort fourth that I should to speak Japanese.  Honestly it mostly boils down to laziness and a bit of shyness.   My Japanese is actually not bad but with a little effort and focus it could be much better.   I figured if I incorporate it a bit into this blog it will force me to try a bit harder as my failures will be all that much more public.   I am going to do two things:

1. I am going to start a ‘word of the day’ here and hopefully I can help all of you learn a little Japanese.   I think it is a nice way to bring a bit of culture and some learning into the blog as well.

2. I will also start writing some Japanese in my posts going forward.   Some days I will write just a few sentences and other times it will be more complete.   My objective will be to write all posts in Japanese and English by year end.

Now this is for my benefit and to help me with my learning so if you are one of those people that love to debate the complexities and nuances of the Japanese language there are lots of sites out there that you can do that on.   This is a photography site that I am going to hijack a little bit.   If you are one of those kind people that want to let me know a mistake I made or a better way to say something, please drop me an email via the contact link above so as to not distract from the main purpose of this site – photography.   Your advice will be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully this won’t be too annoying or distracting if you are not a Japanese reader and might add a bit of a cool factor to the site.   Either way, feel free to shoot me a line with any feedback or comments.     Now on to today’s post…

gulp! 。。。これからがんばります!

Japanese Word of the Day: 倒れる( たおれる) tao reru – to fall, to collapse, to drop, to fall senseless, to be defeated (like when a Transformers Decepticon shoots you and you are suppose to fall down dead)

Today’s configuration: Today I shot my Leica M9 and I shot all of my lens: Summilux 21mm f/1.4, Summilux 35mm f/1.4, Noctilux 50mm f/0.95.


This is the job that you do not want during an earthquake.   地震のときにこのしごとはいやですね。

The job you don't want during an earthquake


5168…thought this looked cool.    5168です。。。かっこいいとおもいます。


This is Taro Okamoto’s mural “Myth of Tomorrow” that is on display on the passage between Inokashira line and the JR Lines at Shibuya Station.   It depicts the moment of the atomic bomb explosion and the intense suffering and destruction it causes.  This morning someone added to the bottom right corner an addition showing the melting Fukushima Reactors.   It was gone by the time I arrived. 渋谷駅にある岡本太郎さん作”あすのしんわ”。

Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow

Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow

News crews were interviewing people to see what they thought…

Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow

Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow

Taro Okamoto's Myth of Tomorrow

A rather quiet Shibuya Crossing during Golden Week. ゴールデンウィークなので渋谷こうさてんはしずかです。

Quiet Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya quiet during Golden Week

Shibuya quiet during Golden Week

…but there seemed to be a lot of police out. 。。。でもたくさん警察がいます。

Police in Shibuya

Someone had fun…perhaps some Tokyo Drifting? たのしんだのはだれでしょう。。。えいがの”東京ドリフト”みたいです。

Someone has fun drifting in Tokyo

Japan original…Honey Toast.     Basically Toast soaked in honey with ice cream on top.

Honey Toast

Honey Toast

Hikinami Asuka Langley

I am not sure if I am noticing this more or there is actually more graffiti in Tokyo lately…

Graffiti in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Graffiti in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Apple Shibuya…   I keep filling up my hard drive with photos and videos so my backups are becoming huge.   I got a 2TB Western Digital drive for backup.  I now have 4 TBs at home plus a 500GB hard drive. アップル渋谷です。 あたらしバックアップドライブをかいました。

Apple Store in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Small lines formed for signing up for the new white iPhone 4s and new iPad2.

Lines in front of the Apple Store in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

iPad 2 come to Tokyo

I stopped by Citibank to pay some bills…

Citibank in Shibuya Tokyo, Japan

This cute boy posed for me in front of Shibuya’s Hachiko.   I have decided to make it a point to shoot at least one person each time I am out shooting.  It is easy to stop and ask people if you can take their photo but it is just as easy to keep shooting building and signs.

Cute boy in front of Hachiko in front of Shibuya Station

Cute little Japanese mail truck. 日本の郵便局のちいさいトラック。。。かわいいです。

Small Mail Service Truck in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

My local Gas Station… Eneos.

Eneos Gas Station in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Taxi in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Sad little phone booth… a waste of power to light this up, especially during the day! かわいそうなでんわ。。。

Lonely phone booth in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Meguro River in Nakameguro.  I am going to miss this place when I move.   We will finalized our new contract the end of this week or beginning of next.

Meguro River, Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

This guy was just chilling with a beer…

Chilling in Nakameguro

Off Limits Sign in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Nakameguro’s Don Quijote…it’s like Walmart but with a big fish tank in front of it.

Don Quijote's Giant Fish Tank in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

Don Quijote in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

They sell everything…  なんでもうっています。。。

Don Quijote in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan

I have had a few people ask me if they can come and shoot with me.   Since it is Golden Week and I can fix my shooting schedule, here is what I am planning.  If you already know how to use your camera, drop me a line…

Tuesday Afternoon:  Tokyo International Forum and Yurakucho

Wednesday Late Afternoon: Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills Sky Deck

Thursday:  Home with family celebrating Childrens Day

Friday evening: Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho

Saturday evening:  Golden Gai

Sunday: TBD

こんしゅうのスケジュールです。いっしょにしゃしんをとりましょうか? メールください。。。

火曜日のごご: Tokyo International Forum and Yurakucho

水曜日のゆうがた: Tokyo Midtown and Roppongi Hills Sky Deck


金曜日のよる:Kichijoji Harmonica Yokocho

土曜日のよる:Golden Gai




  • http://innice.typepad.com marco barsotti

    I could take your words on japanese, and use them to describe my status with French!
    and then, I do not even have the difficulty of writing with funny characters!

    Did you attend classes at the beginning ? I’ m learning from the “assimil” books (usual course with what was one a cassette audio track, now turned into MP3 files).


    I love the photo of the cute boy.


    And now a curiosity: do you ever go °out of town° ? When I were in Milano, the week ends were almost always at the sea, or somewhere!

  • http://innice.typepad.com marco barsotti

    “when I was in Milano”

  • http://saberkite.com Kat

    What a sweet looking little boy. Hehe. Not smiling though, but still. :)

    There’s a cafe here that serves Honey Toast just like that. The odd thing here is that it’s originally from Korea. I haven’t tried it but the gelato is delicious.

  • Dave

    HI Marco. I took classes when I first moved here was I just didn’t study enough so I figured if I ‘force the issue’ in my blog I will learn a lot more faster. Classes just don’t work for my learning style. I am much more of a ‘do it’ person. I do go out of town and I did a lot more when single. I travel a lot so honestly when not traveling I prefer to stay home and hang out at home and explore Tokyo. The benefit of living in the largest city in the world is there is always somewhere new to explore.

  • Jim

    If I may 2 questions. Do you shoot Raw or Jpeg or both.
    #2 What is the meaning of the finger sign the little boy is doing. I see it a lot with the young ones over there.

  • Dave

    Hi Jim. I always shoot RAW (largest size possible) and then convert to JPEG in Adobe Lightroom. The sign is ‘Peace’! A lot of little kids seem to get it backwards a little but that is what they are doing.

  • http://- KOOKS

    Hi Dave, glad that after a few days rest, you have finally come out with lots of nice shots. and it was really kind of you for allowing people to shot together with you. wish i was in tokyo so that i have a change to do this with you.
    anyway, thank you for the idea of having some Nihon Go in your blog. i have just begin learning Japanese and your intention comes at the right time! your blog is a must whenever i am online!

  • http://bleudress.blogspot.com Jessica

    glad to hear you’re feeling better. I’ve always wondered (not sure why I never just asked) if you speak Japanese as well as English. I’ve wondered how you get people to pose for you…I guess it helps if you speak the local language! I’m going to start taking lessons this month, so I’m glad you chose now to start this. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to read the Japanese as well as the English! Are you writing in Hirigana or Katakana on this site?

  • Dave

    Hi Jessica. I speak Japanese, I just don’t use it enough and I really want to get much better. I of course need to speak Japanese to get people to pose for me. I will be writing in Hiragana and Katakana (for foreign/imported words). I’ll also be using Kanji but I will do my best to also put the Hiragana so people can follow along if they don’t read Kanji. Hopefully it will help me improve but also help people study a bit. Good for everyone! Let me know how it goes.

  • Dave

    Hi Kooks – Glad the Japanese addition is timely for you. 日本語をべんきょうしましょう!

  • http://www.vanvenrooy.net Tony

    maybe we missed eachother in a blink, because we were in the same Apple-storen on the exact same day !!

  • http://www.justbloglah.com justbloglah

    Ha! I like the example you gave for Japanese Word of the Day. :)

  • Dave

    That’s where I learnt it…

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