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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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    Battling GUNDAM at Expo City, Osaka

  • Busker in Sannomiya, Kobe – Monochrome and Colour

    I often hesitate on my decisions to make some photos monochrome. Usually it’s an easy decision if the photo is simple and has interesting textures. Architecture is popular too. However, in a shot like this I still think the colour version has something to offer. If you have any thoughts on this, please comment below.

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    Pikachu at Expo City

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    Brooklyn Roasting Company – Expo City (ブルックリンロースティングカンパニー) ららぽーと EXPOCITY店

    Brooklyn Roasting Company – Expo City (ブルックリンロースティングカンパニー) ららぽーと EXPOCITY店 I first visited Brooklyn Roasting Company in Kitahama, and after liking it I also visited South Swell in Honmachi. After talking to the friendly staff, they mentioned they were opening a new shop at the Expo City shopping and entertainment complex in Suita, Osaka. You can… Read more »

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    The 5th Kyoto Photowalk with Daijyoubu! Photography

    Thanks to a link posted by Cristobal Padilla on GooglePlus, I had the pleasure of joining a very large group of keen photographers at the 5th Photowalk in Kyoto. This Kyoto Photowalk event was hosted by Javier Montano of Daijoubu! Photography. Shrine Master Photography advice: Don’t walk away after the first shot; move and explore… Read more »

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    Berries and Pipes

    This photo was processed in HDR, then I added a filter from Snapseed. I liked the texture on the pipe originally, but I couldn’t get enough clarity out of the Snapseed app. I’ll be trying more, different effects in the future.

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    Cloudy in Keage

  • Aquaduct Bridge at Nanzen-ji Temple 南禅寺水路閣

    This aquaduct bridge is a popular site next to Nanzen-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. It’s close to Keage subway Station. This area is very crowded, especially during autumn. I avoided all the people by aiming my camera up for these shots. It might be nice to get a clean shot some time when it isn’t… Read more »

  • Time-lapse video of clouds with iPhone 6s

    I experimented with the time-lapse video function of my new iPhone 6s one afternoon. I followed some fast-moving clouds in downtown Osaka, trying to keep the phone reasonably steady. It was hard, since I was sitting in a funny position and trying to twist around, following the clouds’ path, without screwing up the angle too… Read more »

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    You’re waiting for a train…