It never disappoints.
It never disappoints.
O’daiba is one of those places in Tokyo that actually feels like it has space to breath.
I have had this little Fuji x100s for around 2 years now and I do love it, to be honest I have had my fights with it, but I still love it and for everyday going around normal life its a gem. The focus isn’t fast enough for photographing kids and I often miss shots that I know I could get with my big camera which is frustrating but now that I have had this camera for a while and we have grown to understand each other I know what for and when and why I want to use it.
The other day though I realised that I have gotten lazy, and I sat and watched a tips and tricks for this little camera and discovered that I have never ever used the Panoramic setting. It’s not something that I would use often but if you are in a situation where you would love a pano and either don’t have a tripod with you or have kids complaining its cold and want to go home (I get this one more often) then it’s really quite a cool little setting. You can change the direction of the pano too making it possible to take them with the camera in a vertical position therefore giving you slightly better quality. And this is all hand held.
Our last trip of 2016 and the last prefecture of Japan that my husband had left to see, that’s right he has now been to all 47 out of 47 prefectures. Pretty cool hey! Myself and the kids are still 6 prefectures away but we’ll get there.
Anyway, we were expecting a little bit of snow that far north but alas the weather in Japan (like the rest of the world) has been a little odd and we have been warmer than normal. So although Aomori city is meant to be one of the snowiest cities in the world, we had no snow. Still we got to see it and we hope to go again for the autumn colours one year.
Hakodate is a really cool place, it was bitterly cold and had no snow but it has a feel about it and reminds me a lot of Yokohama near Tokyo. Of course the fact that it is in Hokkaido helps as that is my favourite part of Japan. Anyway on to some pics hey, I don’t have that many as we weren’t there that long.
The pimple – thats what I called the island cause I don’t know what its actually called lol
Remember to slow down and enjoy yourselves in 2017 – 2016 went to fast.
Beautiful entertainment courtesy of our beautiful ryokan.
It was cold and it was windy but it was worth it, watching the sunset out over a lonely sea.
Famous burger place in Hakodate – I don’t personally eat burgers but the building looked cool!
The old foreigner area of Hakodate is really nice to walk around. Lots of different churches and many different types of buildings.
Famous street in Hakodate used in lots of TV commercials.
Santa is always watching – was very useful for getting our kids to behave lol
Near the old fort in Hakodate is a tower you can go up for the views, it really is a great view. On the other side of the city you can take a cable car up to see the views but it was so windy while we were there that it was closed. The fort itself though is worth a visit, especially in the snow but from photographs I have seen spring looks beautiful too.
Of course when it does snow you have to put on something really warm grab and camera and head out! We only got a brief snow and it was after the sun had set but it was snow and I love snow!
I always enjoy Hokkaido and I really liked Hakodate. I didn’t see enough of Aomori to do it justice but then it was Christmas Day and all was quiet. Maybe one day I will get a chance to go back.
Seeing the Christmas illuminations in Japan is cool, the lights are beautiful but the crowds, thats another story.
I am honestly so lucky and so grateful! I have travelled to the Jigokudani Monkey Park before and it was fantastic, but that was in March last year and there was no snow. I still thoroughly enjoyed it and I didn’t think I was going to ever get to go back again. Then my husband surprised me and my mom with a visit there just recently. The forecast said no snow, which was unfortunate but couldn’t be helped. On the drive up there was a splattering of snow here and there but no sign of real snow. We parked up and walked to see the monkeys before checking in to our hotel. It was fantastic to get a second chance at seeing these amazing animals.
We came back and checked in and were given a outstanding Kaiseki meal, I seriously love Japan! We all climbed into our little futons and slept with satisfied stomachs and heads full of monkeys.
Then we woke up – to a sky full of snow and a thick layer of snow all over the ground! Lucky is an understatement! So my mom and I dressed up warm and put on our boots and got to walking. We were up at the entrance by the time it opened and it was very different seeing the monkeys in the snow. It really did give the experience another dimension. I loved every second of it as did my mother and she eventually dragged me out.
It is one of those things about Japan that is just so special. I truly felt the connection with nature.