Cycling Around the Imperial Palace 📷

February 11, 2019

Now that spring is just around the corner, I finally decided to purchase a bicycle for both exercise and convenience. I used to ride on a Specialized Venge Expert back when I lived in Las Vegas, but didn’t bring it with me when I moved to Tokyo last year. After some shopping around, I settled for a TOYKOBIKE SPORT9s. It’s a great bicycle for getting around the city and causal exercising. Most importantly, it’s not super expensive and I don’t mind if it gets wet from a surprise rainstorm. I do miss my Specialized though, so hopefully I’ll figure out a way to bring it back to Tokyo next time I’m in the USA.

I live close to the Imperial Palace and recently discovered that the streets are blocked for cars every Sunday. Basically, the area around the Imperial Palace becomes a cyclist’s paradise once a week. It’s difficult to find a long stretch of road for cycling in Minato-ku, so I’m glad I found out about this. If you’re in Tokyo, this is a great way to get some exercise on the weekend – there are even free rental bikes for tourists and other people who don’t own a bicycle.

Camera: Apple iPhone X

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Shot on iPhone

January 29, 2019

I’ve always been a proponent of shooting photos with a “real camera”. Over the years, I’ve owned and used a number of real cameras including a Nikon D200, Fujifilm X100, Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm X100S, and most recently a Fujifilm X-Pro2. I also own a vintage Leica M2-R, but that’s a story for another day. The point is I never saw my iPhone, the camera that is always in my pocket, as a “real camera” – at least not until a few days ago.

So, what changed?

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Shopping at Seijo Ishii 📷

January 20, 2019

I can’t believe it’s been almost six months since TVK’s visit to Tokyo. Not sure how this photo ended up like this because a Seijo Ishii supermarket in Minato-ku is the exact opposite of dystopian.

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lens: Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R

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Tokyo Tower 📷

January 10, 2019

Tokyo Tower looked especially beautiful tonight.

Camera: Apple iPhone X

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New Year at Zōjō-ji 📷

January 3, 2019

We went to Zōjō-ji to check out the New Year festivities last night. I love the architectural mix of old and new.

Camera: Apple iPhone X

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