update Nov 2016

Yes, you may or may not have noticed that this blog has a habit of getting covered in cobwebs lol! I have a whole heapView full post »

The Iya Valley Vine bridges Japan

There are some places in the world that are hard to believe until you actually see them. The vine bridges in the IyaView full post »

Fukui Dinosaur Museum Japan

My son likes dinosaurs but he doesn’t love them so I never thought to visit this museum, that is until my daughterView full post »

misty mountains and lots of green

I am going to be posting quite a bit from our trip to shikoku soon! It is one of the best places I have had the pleasureView full post »

Nagano | Japan snow monkeys | Jigokudani

High up on the travel itinerary list for anyone coming to or living in Japan is to see the Japanese Snow Monkeys. ItView full post »

a morning in Meji

I have been to Meji Jingu many times now and I am never going to tire of it. I am a little addicted to the place. IView full post »


Spring is a photographers dream in Japan, not only do you get the cherry blossoms which are spectacular but you getView full post »

Its a very green season

I have been in Japan for a few years now but I never remember noticing the green summer as much as I have this year. IView full post »

Stormy skies

I’m a sucker for a stormy sky, I get a bit like a kid in a candy store! I should have been a storm chaser! View full post »

Talk in Tokyo

Recently I started taking pictures for a live onstage show in Tokyo called Talk in Tokyo. At first I honestly didn’View full post »

my obsession with little statues

When I see statues I have to photograph them. I don’t seem to be able to resist them. I saw these little ones onView full post »

Mazu Miao Temple

I will, to be honest, find any excuse to go to China Town in Yokohama. I know it’s not exactly just around theView full post »

Mount Nokogiriyama

Mount Nokogiriyama is a hidden treasure which I am very surprised to hear that hardly anyone knows about. A few yearsView full post »

where’s wally…

Ok I know I shouldn’t be saying this as her mom but this kid always makes me think of Where’s Wally causeView full post »

the red door obsession continues…

A short walk from one of my favourite breakfast spots is Zojo-ji temple, I have been there many times now but every timeView full post »

Sapporo and Otaru during the snow festival

I am a woman of very few words but far too many pictures lol! So here are some photographs from the Sapporo snowView full post »

uuuuummmmmm tempting… not

At times like these I feel like a foreigner. This box of fish heads was displayed outside a restaurant I was walkingView full post »

how can you not love it here?

How can you not love a city that has crane machines with fake yakitori skewer key-rings!! I LOVE JAPAN!View full post »

but it’s too cold…

It is still cold here, I would have thought too cold for blossoms but apparently not. The temperature is expected to goView full post »

New Zealand | Christmas 2015

I have finally finished editing, it took me longer than I thought but I took 2980 photos in total. Don’t panic IView full post »

Milford Sound | New Zealand

Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, two amazing places that I am forever grateful to have seen. I wouldn’t be ableView full post »

a lesson learnt…

So I do really need to start showing some photos from New Zealand. I have a little story to tell though as I learnt aView full post »

far away looking far away

Ready to see a bit of New Zealand (aka photographers paradise)View full post »

It’s almost Christmas!

As the end of the month of November has started to appear I have to admit my #NaPhoPoMo challenge failure, however IView full post »

Lemitsu Mausoleum | Nikko 

Ok daily blogger I am not lol! Let’s make up for the few days missed with a few pictures of a gorgeous place inView full post »

three little monkeys…

Toshogu Shrine | Nikko | JapanView full post »

A taste of Nikko…

So apparently I am unable to keep up with my #NaPhoPoMo challenge while travelling! Never mind, I have to make anView full post »

A good view…

I almost missed my #NaPhoPoMo challenge today! Shame on me!  So today I’m sharing one of my favourite viewsView full post »

A taste of Kamikochi…

Today I start Xanthe Berkeley’s time capsule workshop, I was thrilled to find this workshop as I really think itsView full post »

Autumn colours…

I found some more Autumn colours, it’s probably my favourite of the four seasons and in Japan evenView full post »

Mount Aso ash…

By the time I got back in the car my feet were grey, my shoes a mess, my camera happy. This is the area close to MountView full post »

Narai-juku details…

I could have filled a memory card!                 &View full post »

A small stop in Narai-juku

Narai-juku, one of the stops along the old Nakasendō, which was the old mountain route from Edo (Tokyo) toView full post »

And there she goes again…

I could learn a lot from this kid, she has no fear she just jumps right in and doesn’t look back! I&#View full post »

I see you!

6am here, determined to keep up with the #NaPhoPoMo challenge even if it means waking up early to do it! I don’tView full post »

following the little red lanterns

I love little discoveries. I have walked past here so often, but today I saw someone walk in and I only then realisedView full post »

Nezu-Jingu | Tokyo | Japan

I made one of those unforgivable, utterly stupid photography mistakes yesterday, I got to Nezu Shrine took out my cameraView full post »

Sometimes you just get lucky | Meji Jingu | Tokyo | Japan

I walk a lot, and as often as I can, walking I would say is one of my all time favourite hobbies! This day I justView full post »

Statues | Kamakura | Japan

I honestly believe that you could live in Kamakura for many years and never run out of new things to see!View full post »

The Golden Pavilion | Kinkaku-ji | Kyoto | Japan

Although this place is pretty much always completely packed there is something special about it.View full post »

new addiction | china town | yokohama | japan

For some reason we waited over 2 years to travel 30 minutes up the road to see China Town in Yokohama, now that I haveView full post »

Senso-Ji Temple | Peace and quiet

Every now and again I get this need to just jump in the car and go somewhere that satisfies my senses, this week I hadView full post »

and then it rained

You cannot beat a good downpour! This year though has been a very wet one so far in Tokyo, with lots more rainView full post »

A walk around Zojo-ji Temple, making friends with my Fuji.

  This is a post for my fellow photographer, specifically the ones looking for a small alternative camera. IView full post »

greens – Lake Akan

You may have noticed by now that I thoroughly enjoyed Lake Akan. The variety of beauty that is found around this lake.View full post »

bears – Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan.

I got very worried that we wouldn’t see any bears in Hokkaido, it was on the very last day of the holiday thatView full post »

get ready to spread your wings and fly

Early morning, Lake Akan, Akan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan.View full post »

Hello my name is Cassandra and I am a Artifact Uprising addict.

. Looking back now I wish my addiction had started earlier. All those pictures stuck on my hard drives or stored awayView full post »

Shiretoko Peninsula

I am addicted to Japan. Travelling around this country is amazing, the people are kind and gentle and the places thatView full post »

Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu in the Akan National Park is a beautiful lake in the centre of a potentially active volcano. It is surroundedView full post »

Anpanman addict

Yep she is a Anpanman addict 🙂 I’ll have to keep one of these books for when she is all grown up and in otherView full post »

Shiretoko Goko Lakes walk

On the Shiretoko Peninsula there is the Shiretoko Goko lakes walk, (5 lakes walks). The first section of it has beenView full post »

NG travel contest inspiration

. I am a huge fan of National Geographic, I think most people are. I still remember looking through them with aView full post »

get out there

Inspired by the wonderful artifact uprising , I received my parcel full of print and books today, photos coming soonView full post »

summer dreaming…

My summer started here (look below), beautiful isn’t it?! It was so good we have booked already to go backView full post »

finding a moment to breath…

I have a question for anyone that comes past this post: I am looking for ingenious ways to be able to keep thisView full post »

Itchy feet…

As much as I love Tokyo it can also frustrate me. I find that if we don’t get out of the city on theView full post »


. I recently took a break from my camera, I do this every now and again and I believe its a good thing. I often exploreView full post »

wild flowers

. When I think of wildflowers it makes me feel like a kid, I have no idea why! Here in Tokyo though I can’t sayView full post »


. I have lovely strong light in the far end of my apartment every afternoon, I often forget it because I am always theView full post »

A little venting…

. Ok so I’m going to have a bit of a vent, just a small one ok. I have been a foreigner in a foreign country forView full post »

what I choose

. There is something I need to get off my chest. I have struggled with my website/blog for a while now. I have oftenView full post »

its the simple things

. Never forget to stop and just smell the flowers.View full post »

I love the rain

I love the rain – I get that from my momView full post »


Sometimes I find these tiny little details, I find I want to remember them and when I look back at theView full post »

stay calm stay focused

stay calm and stay focused – advice to myselfView full post »

in bloom

It is 2 weeks early but the signs are spring are here 🙂View full post »

signs of life.

There is something special about seeing the small, everyday, signs of life.View full post »

not seeing cebu

If you don’t know already, I am rather fond of creative things. So much so that I somewhat fearlessly try thingsView full post »

a colourful time of the year

October was a really pretty month here in Japan. We travelled to two different, rather remote places in October and bothView full post »

signs of life

One of my favourite things to do is walk, I consider it one of my hobbies, I can walk for hours, I don’t need aView full post »


simple beauty is so easy for mother natureView full post »

the daily muse

“Every morning when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift.” –View full post »

the daily muse

“Wherever you live, you come to love it. ” – Japanese ProverbView full post »

the english coast

I have just finished editing the photographs I took while on holiday in Devon in the UK over the summer! What is it nowView full post »

#havekidswilltravel – part 1

. I have always travelled, it has been a part of my life since I was four years old. I am a lot like what many peopleView full post »

postcards from a big city

For months now I have been making little postcards from Japan, I have no idea why I started but I don’t seem to beView full post »

little traveller…

“It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive” – English Proverb I am immensely proud of myView full post »

in summer

I cannot seem to say the words “in summer” without singing them while imagining Olaf the snowman from theView full post »

palms and breeze

“There is life in a gentle breath of wind.” _ Hawaiian ProverbView full post »

4th of July

Wishing all my american buddies a very happy Independence day today! I hope it is full of fun, laughter and celebrationView full post »

on your own corner

I have been a foreigner for longer than I can remember. Moving and living somewhere new does help to constantly remindView full post »


I saw this this morning and I had to share it here! I love the Matador Network and this video by Matador Ambassador,View full post »


“Even when our sleeves brush together it is our karma.” – Japanese ProverbView full post »


“A dog that walks around will find a stick” – Japanese ProverbView full post »


“Time passes away like the stream flowing both day and night” – Japanese ProverbView full post »

just go

“A wise man does not lose his way, a brave man does not fear” – Japanese ProverbView full post »

who knows what tomorrow brings

“Talk about things of tomorrow and the mice inside the ceiling laugh” – Japanese Proverb View full post »


“what is left unsaid is rich as flowers” – Japanese ProverbView full post »


“No man lasts more than a lifetime: his flame may last forever” – Japanese ProverbView full post »

there is a story behind every image…

It is true you know, behind every image you and I take there is a story, a thought, a feeling, an emotion and a reasonView full post »


may be my new favourite colour… I have a whole bucket load of photos from Kyoto, I will try and refrain fromView full post »

life in projects…

Stories give our lives meaning, they unite us and tie us together. I am a little obsessed with the art of storytellingView full post »


last of the blossomsView full post »

cause you should listen with your heart…

I opened the fridge door and it was the first thing to catch my eye, I still hadn’t developed that roll of film,View full post »

another summer’s day

couldn’t help myself! had to add some more summer to the page 🙂View full post »

Project 12: an editorial mix

Decisions decisions decisions, uuuuuuummmm now this is a tricky one! I am not an editorial photographer and I am just aView full post »

that summer feeling

for the first time today it feels like summer is on it’s way:View full post »

an island hop

Ok that’s it, from now on we travel in the off season, I know the weather’s gonna be crap and I know that weView full post »

NARA | KYOTO – part 2

Sometimes I feel sorry for myself, yes I am serious, it is because my kids complain, they don’t want to walkView full post »

NARA | KYOTO – part 1

Four and a half hours on a train with the kids, really?! Geez you know I wish we could just drive there! – This isView full post »

Your Shot National Geographic

This week was a good photography week for me! I recently joined the National Geographic YourShot community and I love itView full post »

a different direction…

Sitting there all wrapped up, warm, cosy, dosed up full of medication, I have a cup of tea in hand and my bum on theView full post »