Scenic Japan for your desktop!

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I’ve finally finished touching up the sizable selection of my photos from Japan, ready for use in the new photo books I’m about to order. With that out of the way, I decided to convert some of them for wallpaper use. I’ve generally had a soft spot for the “cutout” effect in Adobe Photoshop, and while I usually avoid using it in any actual work, I find it makes for some nice wallpapers that fills a 24-inch screen beautifully. Click on to see all the wallpapers!
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Soaking in Kyoto!

Sanjusangendo

It’s day ten here in Kyoto, four days since typing my last blog entry on this ancient computer at the Econo-Inn. I’ve spent the last couple of days doing a lot of walking and exploring, and given that my checklist of places to visit is getting quite short, I’ve opted to make this a day to catch up on my writing. I’ll probably go out to the Ninja Cafe in Sanjo later on tonight, but I figured I should get at least one more day’s account written. So let’s continue on shall we? Read the rest of this entry »

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Kicking back in Kyoto!

Back in Kyoto at last!

It’s my sixth day here in Japan, with ten more before I come home. The cooler days and occasional wet weather have slowed the opening of the cherry blossoms a little, but it has been forecast that from the 9th of April onwards they should be blossoming in full. As a result I’ve mostly favored visiting places that aren’t famous for being prime Hanami spots and have been enjoying relaxed strolls around the streets. I’ve been taking rough notes on my activities for each each day so I can hopefully keep up with writing about them this time (regular computer access allowing). Here’s the rundown on my first two days in Japan!
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It’s time to go!

Tokyo at it's finest!

Only a few hours now until I depart for Japan’s shores once more! I’m feeling well-prepared and am very much looking forward to seeing the cherry blossoms in full bloom. I’m not sure how often I will be accessing the internet while I’m over there, but there’s a good chance I will be making an occasional update, so do check back soon. It’s finally time! Here I come Japan!

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It’s time for another adventure!

Woooo Japan!

I’ve spent the last few weeks agonizing over what I wanted to do with my next holiday. I’ve been putting money aside steadily for months now, set on taking a trip sometime early in 2012. Originally I contemplated a trip across Europe, but that felt that particular trip called for more than a couple of weeks leave and ideally would be a journey I would share with someone else, whether they be friend or partner. The other idea that appealed to me was visiting New York City in the United States, a sorely tempting prospect as I definitely want to be visit that place at least once in my life.

But tucked away, always in the back of my mind, was the desire to return to Japan. As I worked yesterday, I found myself quietly reminiscing my travels. And I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! Europe and New York aren’t going anywhere. Right now, more than anything I want to see more of that wonderful country whose culture has so influenced my life and interests. Once more, I will go to Japan! I’ve paid for my ticket and will be departing Australian shores in the early hours of the 31st of March. This time, I’ll be able to see Japan during the Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season, where the natural scenery will hopefully be at its most stunning.

I will be going to Kyoto once again, partially to revisit locations where the Sakura apparently bloom in great and bountiful quantities and to visit areas that I missed the first time around, such as Arashiyama (which apparently is at its best during the Hanami season). I plan on taking a few train trips to Osaka as well, as last time I only got to see it for a few brief hours on the way back from Port Kobe and I am keen to see some of its sights. I am undecided as to whether I will revisit Tokyo yet. I would rather like to see Ueno park with the Sakura in full blossom, and I’d be happy to visit Akihabara again! The fact of the matter though is that I ultimately preferred Kyoto, even though it lacked some of the spectacle of the Japanese capital.

For now I will do some more research and see how my schedule looks once I’ve factored in the things I plan on seeing. I plan to spend at least two weeks there and this time I won’t have my good buddy Jake on standby for translation and general assistance since he’s currently living in Australia. With some luck though I may get to see a familiar face or two while I’m over there. Even if I don’t, based off my prior experiences, I am confident that I’ll get on just fine.

Now the countdown begins. March 31st can’t come quick enough!

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