Craft Coffee Stand Osaka Umeda

Craft Coffee Stand E-MA Buidling, Osaka Umeda I noticed a new coffee stand opened in the E-MA building in Umeda, Osaka, so I had to check it out. My review is as follows: Not bad for a very small coffee stand. Only one variety of coffee beans available. Reasonable price. Seating available in the Loftman… Read more »

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 »

tunes for tohoku

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 »

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    Here’s an album of autumn photos in Kyoto. More to come soon!

  • Getting into the “Autumn” of things

    With a wave of autumn leaves shots online now (in the northern hemisphere), I took this shot in Kyoto. Haven’t done much research on how to get good shots of leaves, but in hindsight it probably could have used some more depth of field, just enough to get the whole front leaf focused. I was… Read more »

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  • Kitahama HDR

    I’ve visited three great cafe’s and a rose garden near Kitahama in central Osaka recently. Here’s a HDR photo of the view.  

  • Finally I understand what Snapchat’s color icons mean

    Snapchat got a bit easier to understand after I read this article at Techinsider. I knew there was some meaning behind all the triangles and squares in my friend’s list, but now I finally “get” when someone has seen a snap and whether it has audio or not. Snapchat has a description of it’s sent,… Read more »

  • Halloween Costumes – Photowalk in Osaka 2015

    Halloween Costumes – Street Photography Photowalk in Osaka, Japan 2015 Halloween is increasingly popular in Japan, and in 2015 I decided to join the Kansai Photographers Meetup Group for a Halloween Photowalk. These photos were taken with a SONY RX100 M3. The White Guy from Mad Max Fury Road We started while there was still… Read more »

  • Northshore Cafe and Dining, ノースショア where the Eggsluts and Sprout Sandwiches don’t disappoint

    Northshore Cafe and Dining, ノースショア where the Eggsluts and Sprout Sandwiches don’t disappoint Northshore is a cafe in Kitahama not far from Brooklyn Roasting Company and also situated overlooking the river. I’ve complained about McDonald’s breakfast ending at 10:30am, but Northshore takes this up another notch. Their economical “Gu-do Morning Set” is only available until… Read more »