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Always on the look out for design/film/animation/photo taking inspiration - Oh, and travel ideas, (although anything in Japan will always win hands down for me). Currently based in the North East of Scotland.

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first day

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Went to hama-rikyu gardens 2day and had green tea in the 'floating' tea house and then caught the waterbus which was actually more like a spacecraft around tokyo bay,which gave amazing views.headed back to the shimbashi district and had some food and watched a brilliant light and projector animation based on the west-end play 'wicked'.all in all a very enjoyable and humid day.photos show the park,on the waterbus and the light show.
8th Aug 2007, 14:26   comments (0)

arrived

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Got in to tokyo at half nine tuesday morning,24 hrs after leaving a very soggy aberdeen. nice sunny day,35 degrees.hotel is really purdy.pics show the views from our window.off out for something to eat and a few drinks tonight.tomorrow we shop and organise a tokyo bay cruise in a boat which looks like something out of 'alien'.
7th Aug 2007, 10:49   comments (0)

origami

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Been practicing for hols to Japan again - As you can see i'm not particularly good.hmmm. I think I might be out-classed while over there........
21st Jul 2007, 18:48   comments (0)

yo sushi

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Down in London recently for 'new blood' exhibition.Was great but what was better was indulging in my favourite - sushi! Leon missed out this time, not long now though 'til he'll have sushi coming out of every, er, pore....
10th Jul 2007, 16:52   comments (1)

sayonara Tokyo

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All good things come to an end.Thoroughly enjoyed our trip.Best bits?All of 'em.Worst?Flight and toilets.Heh heh.Wished we'd had time to catch the bullet train to mount Fuji,do even more shopping in Harajuku,see a shinto wedding,and see the cherry blossom in May - aw well....maybe next year.... ;-) (photos show the area around our hotel night and day).
14th Aug 2006, 14:50   comments (4)

setting sun

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Last day today.So sad.It's evening while i'm emailing this and neither of us want to leave.Beautiful weather again.The day started off with a powercut over the whole of tokyo and an announcement repeated over tannoy in hotel in japanese so we had no idea what was happening. I was convinced it was an earthquake until the english translation came on!Went to 'harajuku' today and visited a shinto shrine.Really beautiful and peaceful.Had to cleanse our hands and mouth with water from bamboo cups before entering the main temple which felt like such a nice ritual,then we bought a few wee gifts for people and headed to completely different environment of the districts shopping area.Mental.But got some ace stuff.Heading out to restaurant now called 'ducky ducks'!?Photos show me leaving summersonic last nite,arctic monkeys on stage and prayers written on wood and hung on trees at the shrine we visited today.
14th Aug 2006, 11:51   comments (2)

thunder bolts and lightning,very very frightening...

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Still too darn hot.80% humidity.We've realised what it feels like outdoors in tokyo - when u step in to the swimming baths from outside and its really airless+damp.We had the mother of all storms too.Still didn't cool down tho.Went to the imperial palace today and then wandered around 'maranouchi' shopping district.This evening we went to a fairly 'raucous' (ooer!) area called 'yarakucho' under the railway tracks to watch the locals knock back beer and 'yakitori'.We've also started bowing madly when saying thank you,as was predicted by other people who've visited tokyo.It's very infectious and can go on for quite some time in an amusing sort of way.Summersonic festival tomorrow...Woohoo.Photo shows me looking nervous in the thunderstorm at the imperial palace gardens.
12th Aug 2006, 14:13   comments (2)

i think i'm turning japanese...

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Too hot today.Couldn't move more than twenty paces without sweating immensely.I'll be down to my birthweight by the time i come home.Last night we saw a led zeppelin japanese tribute band called 'mr jimmy' - magic laugh and we drank far too many sapporo's and then had a drink with the locals in nearby bar.Today was spent in the sony building.Leon met the playstation 3.Happy days!Off to a local restaurant called 'nylon' tonight.Photo's hopefully show 'mr jimmy',leon & playstation 3 and Ginza district this evening.
11th Aug 2006, 12:51   comments (4)