From my hotel to the Japan Writers Conference at Tokushima University last month. Shot on a DJI Osmo. The section through the trees is the best. The frame rate dropped to about one sixth of a second, which made it blur. I think that’s the secret.

Nearly Full Moon

On the 20th, the moon was full. I had been really looking forward to it. Earlier in the month, I had pointed my camera into the skies and taken a surprisingly good picture of the moon. But it wasn’t full yet. On the 18th, I got a good view. I thought I’d practice for the … More Nearly Full Moon

Anamorphic Lens

I bought a lens adapter for a hundred twenty bucks from a company called Moondog Labs. They became slightly famous last year among certain circles because of a movie that was filmed entirely on an iPhone. It was called Tangerine. I haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean anything. What piqued my curiosity was that … More Anamorphic Lens


Went away last weekend to Nagano with the fam. I asked them where they’d like to go if they had a weekend and this is what they picked. They picked it because of a TV show, Taiga Drama. It is a period drama, usually with lots of swords, horses, armor, and the like. This one … More Nagano

Mount Fuji

Fuji. Never climbed the mountain, only looked at it from afar. Feels wrong, having spent 20 years or so in the country. But I do get nearby for work. So I took a detour on the way back home last time. Took a couple of pics from a lake in Yamanashi. It wasn’t the perfect … More Mount Fuji

Japan is Beautiful

I’ve been writing about how Japan is weird, and how I have come to think of it as not so weird anymore. What I haven’t written about is just how beautiful the place is. I don’t get out enough. I spend a lot of time – like the rest of us – with my head … More Japan is Beautiful