My most recent trip, Japan, July 2016.
Last time we were in Japan it was winter and freezing! This time was Summer, bringing a different climate and showing us a different side to Japan.
Regardless of season, Japan maintains its incredible culture that is the Japanese people. From their demeanour, to their generosity and kindness, to their samurai history and their love of food!
All the images below are straight out of the camera (either Fuji XE2 or Olympus TG3) with no retoucning or enhancing.
I feel travel photography should be pure and honest.
I hope you enjoy :) B
The city of Tokyo has so much to offer and never disappoints! With its famous Red Light District and Golden Gai bars that sing all night long (as the city never sleeps!), and the mammoth Department Stores and shopping districts like Cat Street.
Then it has its 1000+ year old culture still so prevalent with its shrines and castles in the centre of the city.
One of the many things I love about Tokyo, is that even in such a highly populated, concrete jungle, the Japanese grow and tend to the most beautiful and thriving gardens.
The streets are filled with pops of green colour, making all the concrete a little less..well grey!
One of the many thrift shops of Tokyo. Some full of bargains, and some full of very highly priced 'stuff'!
Thrift Shops of Tokyo
I was transformed back to my 6 year old self upon entering Tokyo Disneyland.
What more can I say...it was like being in a real cartoon full of fairytales and 'happiness'!
A quick ride on the bullet train (Shinkansen) out of the city and up a ski mountain (Mt Naeba) to join 100,000 other music lovers for 4 days of fantastic madness!
'Dragondola' took us on a 20min ride up the mountain to a DJ set amongst the clouds. Of course!
Honestly a jaw dropping view out the window, which really show the scale of this music festival!
Such a beautiful people. I loved capturing their expressions.
Flea and Josh
Anthony Kiedis rocking out as he does so well.
Back to the city for more Gyoza!!
Who would have thought we would be sitting on such a beautiful beach just a few hours away from the concrete jungle!
The beautiful Yomitan on the west coast of Okinawa.
Accommodateb by an ex pro surfer, 'Danny'!
Not quite the massive show at the Tsukiji fish market on the mainland, however still an awesome sight and experience watching the locals here bid for their fresh fish.
And to know we would be eating that very tuna, later that night was super cool!
SUP'ing in Okinawa :)
I think the picture says it all here!
2 hours by ferry....and...well we are now not sure if we are even still in Japan, or back in the Whitsundays!
Sunset on Furuzamami Beach, Zamami Island.
Turtles were popping up their heads, just to add to its amazingness!
We found ourselves snorkelling for hours. This was a beautiful site with lots of activity and gorgeous corals.
For a 'fully booked' island of Japan, I feel this wasn't too bad!
We were lucky to be spoilt everywhere we went, with food not only tasting fresh and fabulous, but always presented with such a creative and delicate touch.
Total glass- out. Again, not sure if we're still in Japan!
Back in Naha, the big smoke of Okinawa.
Finding a few crazy treats in the many shopfronts.