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UCC Coffee Museum – Kobe, Japan

UCC Coffee Museum Learn the History of Coffee with Tasting included I heard about the UCC Coffee Museum through a blog post. It sounded like a good hands-on opportunity to further my knowledge in coffee production and tasting. I presumed there would be a cafe there too, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality… Read more »

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Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba

Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba Brooklyn comes to Minami On a visit to Brooklyn Roasting Company in Kitahama, I noticed a blackboard at the front of the store advertising a new shop, Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba. I thought it would be exciting to check out a new branch, so I set out during the… Read more »

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Namtastic Gourmet and Cafes

Namtastic Gourmet and Cafes Recommended Cafes in Kansai Brooklyn Roasting Company Series Brooklyn Roasting Company Kitahama Brooklyn Roasting Company Expo City (Suita) South Swell (Hommachi) Brooklyn Roasting Company Namba Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters (Higobashi) UCC Coffee Museum – (Kobe) Northshore Cafe and Dining (Kitahama) PompomPurin Cafe Osaka (Umeda Hankyu) Mondial Kaffee 328 Mondial Kaffee 328… Read more »

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Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters

Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters Cafe If you’re looking for a very spacious, quiet cafe with excellent quality coffee and you’re not concerned about walking 10 minutes from the nearest subway station, Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters is a top recommendation. You can find Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters located in Nishi-ku Osaka, to the… Read more »

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Cherry Blossoms in Osaka

Cherry Blossoms at Osaka Castle It’s that time of the year again in Japan. Locals turn out in droves to enjoy Hanami – picnics under the cherry blossoms. This year I headed to the grounds of Osaka Castle with the Kansai Photographer’s Meetup group. I also met up with some friends for a Wine Picnic… Read more »

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Light Trails – Long Exposure Photography in Osaka

Light Trails – Long Exposure Photography in Umeda, Osaka I asked for some advice in taking long exposure photos of light trails in the Kansai Photographers Meetup Group, and the advice I got was to visit a bridge or overpass. The first place I thought of was the very large overpass in between the train… Read more »

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Tunes For Tohoku @ Avalon Pub

Tunes For Tohoku Live Acoustic Performance @ Avalon Pub – Huawei Nexus 6P vs SONY RX100 M3 Tunes For Tohoku is an awesome band raising money for orphans in the Tohoku Region of Japan that was devastated after the earthquake on March 11, 2011. All of their profits go to charities to help the orphans. I had… Read more »

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SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review

SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review Table of Contents: 1) SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review – Buying Decision 2) SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review – for Street Photography 3) SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review – for Portrait Photography 4) SONY RX100 M3 Digital Camera Review – for Long Exposure Photography 5) SONY RX100… Read more »

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SONY A6300 Review – The Improvements and Disappointments

SONY A6300 Review – This is an initial review of SONY’s new flagship APS-C sensor A6300 Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Digital Camera SONY A6300 Review – On February 3, 2016, SONY officially announced the latest version of its flagship APS-C sensor mirrorless camera, the SONY A6300. This camera is the successor to the A6000 which was… Read more »

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Mount Majura Vineyard – Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting at Mount Majura Vineyard in Canberra Mount Majura Vineyard is a great place for wine tasting located in Canberra, ACT, Australia. It’s easily accessible by car and I really like their “Wine Placemats” for tasting white and red wines. You can see the red wine placemat below. Entrance to the Winery The white… Read more »

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    Huawei Nexus 6P vs SONY RX100M3 Test01

    Here’s a recent comparison test of the photo quality from a Huawei Nexus 6P and a SONY RX100M3. SONY RX100M3 This first shot is from a SONY RX100M3. With a larger sensor and much higher quality lens, the RX100M3 shot is substantially sharper. However, this is probably only noticeable if you zoom in to 100%…. Read more »

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    Huawei Nexus 6P RAW Photo Test – Edited in Snapseed

    This is a comparison of two photos taken on a Huawei Nexus 6P. One is a jpg straight out of the camera, and one was developed from a RAW file using the mobile app Snapseed. Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android phone cameras can take photos in RAW format. On the Nexus 6P, the default Google… Read more »

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    Street Photography in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan

    Here’s a selection of street photography I took in Fukushima ward, Osaka, Japan. The camera I’m using is a big, hefty SONY A700 DSLR with a 50mm macro lens. Fukushima Street Photography 01 – Leading to the Guard Rawtherapee Film Simulation: FujiFP-3000b1n This first shot of a security guard was taken from a moving escalator…. Read more »

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    Radical Personal Finance Podcast

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    YouTube Yoga at Home with a Yoga Mat

    YouTube Yoga – Great Health, Flexibility and Fat-burning all from the comfort of your home This post outlines an introduction to YouTube Yoga, doing yoga at home while watching YouTube videos. I’ve found it’s a very inexpensive and convenient way to maintain fitness. As with any fitness activity, make sure you take the necessary precautions… Read more »

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    Nakanoshima Rose Garden, Osaka Japan 中ノ島バラ園

    There’s a wonderful Rose Garden on Nakanoshima, a 3km long sandbank between Umeda and Yodoyabashi in Osaka, Japan. When the flowers were blooming I took the opportunity to practice some macro photography with my SONY RX100M3. Cloudy Skies in Yodoyabashi I took this shot on the way to the Nakanoshima Rose Garden. Reach for the… Read more »

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    MaoMaoTV – The Richest Ramen in Japan

    MaoMaoTV – The Richest Ramen in Japan This was actually the first video I filmed with MaoMaoTV, Mao’s introduction to her favourite Ramen shop in Kyoto. Mao speaks in Chinese in the video, but she adds subtitles in English and Japanese in editing. I don’t understand Chinese, so while we were filming I didn’t really… Read more »

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    PomPomPurin Cafe Osaka ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街

    PomPomPurin Cafe Osaka ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街 If you’re looking for a fun cafe with a cuddly Japanese pudding character, look no further than the PomPomPurin Cafe in Umeda, Osaka. ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街 PomPomPurin is a character created by Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty. I thought he was a big pudding who enjoyed eating himself, much like Anpanman. However,… Read more »

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    1st Portrait shoot with MaoMaoTV!

    My latest interest and challenge in photography is portrait photography! While it’s still a challenge to take photos of inanimate objects and landscapes, I find taking photos of people much more interesting. As a part of several photo groups, one thing I find that’s in common is that photographers generally don’t like having their photos… Read more »

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    First thing in the morning be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE

    I’m starting a new habit of not turning on my phone immediately in the morning. (My phone is actually on recording the length of my sleep and ready for if I need an alarm, but it’s in flight mode). It wasn’t this particular article, but I’ve read before that being in a reactive state first… Read more »