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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 »


early morning on lake Akan, it was me, the ducks and the lake – it was great!View 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 hereView 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 pageView 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 »

a silly snow…

Ok so I have days where I feel old, old and tired, old and cranky and then we have days like yesterday – IT SNOWEDView full post »

a flower project…

I recently did a great little two week workshop and I had to do a shoot in the middle of it. Well since I am not reallyView full post »

a rare snow day…

“So what do you think” he said, ” will it snow?” “Nah, I doubt it, it just doesn’tView full post »

2013 in pictures…

“The days are long but the years are short” Gretchen Rubin I heard the quote recently and it stuck with me.View full post »

30 day projects…

With the beginning of 2014 so close I know there are a lot of us thinking of photography projects to keep us busy and toView full post »


I love following the “In Beauty and Chaos” forum! And every week I try to take part in their theme onView full post »

always look up…

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simplest things of nature have a message that youView full post »