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Cinematographs of Shiraito Falls in Fujinomiya, Japan. #japan #cinematography  
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These photos were taken just two weeks apart. Amazing how quick the snow melts on Mt. Fuji. #japan #mtfuji #mountfuji #日本 #富士山
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The Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloomed here last week. It's almost over now, but here is what some looked like near my work at their peak. #photography #filmphotography #flickr #believeinfilm #japanphotography #japan  
Unlike last year, this year I went out and shot photos of the Sakura. I think this year there was more reason to be into them since my daughter is old enough to enjoy them. Currently Listening: Sam Prekop - Weather Vane
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I saw this glorious machine while out to lunch yesterday in front of Tokyo Station. 
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Damn. They all look the same ;)
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I found another place I need to visit here in Japan. Kiso Valley is off the beaten path for tourists and looks really interesting if you are into Edo Era Japan. #japan   #cooljapan  
Explore the ancient highway that was used by the samurais: Kiso-ji(木曽谷).
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I skied a lot with +Brano Beres this winter.  The last time I went out nearly a month ago I had one of the best days of skiing of my life.  To get to the tree skiing we were doing, we had to traverse a very steep face.  On the edge of the face after crossing it, I took a photo of Brano so you can see just how steep it was.  To the right it keeps going up. To the left you can't even see any of the mountain.  It was that steep, but powder all the way down, so if you went off the path, it wasn't all bad.  It would be a glorious ride down. #skiing #japan #filmphotography  
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I'll try to, but I'm not sure if time will allow it. :/
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Recently I’ve been shooting a lot more, but haven’t liked a lot of what I’ve shot. I’m not sure if it is because I’m being too critical of my work, or if it’s my ever ongoing battle with depression that makes it hard to like anything when I’m feeling down. I’ve been feeling a bit down and uninspired lately, but recently my family from The States visiting and the weather being nicer I decided to get out and force myself to shoot more. My depr...
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There was really amazing light just after a storm passed through around sunset. For about 10 minutes everything was beautiful. #tokyo #japan
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This says it so well as to why film is better for capturing memories. It will likely stick around longer. #believeinfilm #photography  
 
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I'm really digging the new single released from the new #SamPrekop  album #TheRepublic  . 
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RIP Mike Porcaro. The formation of the band Toto was pretty cool. They were pretty much all studio musicians and regulars on Steely Dan albums and others in the 70's.  Then they decided to form their own band.  Hence the polished sound they have. #Toto  
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I shot this a few weeks ago while out skiing at Kagura.  Kagura allows off-piste skiing and that day we hiked to entire other mountain to ski virgin snow in the trees. It was hands down the best day of skiing of my life. This was some of the deepest snow I'd ever seen.  We ended up skiing this all day again and again. This was toward the end of the day when the sun was about to set behind the mountains. #japan #skiing #kagura #photography #filmphotography  
This winter I have been doing a lot of off-piste skiing with some friends. Since sometime in high school when I first discovered it, I’ve always been a huge fan of it, but nothing I’ve experienced thus far could compare to the off-piste skiing here in Japan. I usually ski with an Olympus XA in my front breast pocket to shoot out on the mountain. It’s small, light, and has a built in 28mm lens making it perfect for landscape shots of the amazing...
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My wife and chose this place on a very last minute spontaneous decision to take a trip somewhere for Golden Week. For the price I think we got about what we expected. The first thing you will notice is the post apocalyptic location. The hotel is located inside an armed security compound so it's safe There is still the stray dog running around, but they were never threatening and left people alone. To be fair all the resorts on Mactan are in compounds. The decor of the hotel was modern, so I'm guessing it was built in the last 10 years, but the management of the place was pretty terrible. It seems as if there is very little proper up keep going on the place other than cleaning at the very basic level. The thing that stuck out is the elevator had mirrors in it, but it seems they were never cleaned with windex, so they didn't look dirty as they appear to have been cleaned, but not the kind of clean you would expect a mirror to look if it was properly cleaned. The hotel has a free breakfast buffet which is what you would expect. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. The one thing that struck me as odd though was that what they claimed was orange juice was actually Tang. (what a throw back to my childhood) No problem though, they had pineapple juice so I drank that. The hotel claims they have a beach, but only by the term. The beach is so small that when the waves break, the entire beach is covered in water. There is really nowhere to sit and put your stuff. Sand is relatively cheap, so why they haven't purchased more sand and have it dumped there is really beyond me. The staff of the hotel were very friendly, but the smallest request that might be outside of what they are use to doing will make their heads explode and they will look really confused. For example, if you are going to spend the day at another resort using their facilities (and I recommend you do) you should have them call and check to make sure the hotel can accommodate you as if they are fully booked, they will turn you away. This almost happened to us on a previous day, so the next time we went to another resort we had them call ahead. Getting them to do so was more difficult than it should have been. They thought we wanted to call a taxi, but after explaining a few times they understood. I experienced this at other resorts I visited during our stay, so this appears to be a cultural thing maybe so be warned. I recommend using a guide book (Lonely Planet, etc.) to plan your daily exertions as it was a lot less stressful. Everything is not all that bad though. The rooms were big, clean, good AC, they had satellite TV, and the beds were nice. The hotel has decent free wi-fi in the lobby, so bring a smart phone and/or laptop to look up information about activities etc. The bottom line; you get what you pay for. If you are looking for beautiful beaches, nothing Mactan island has to offer will satisfy you. Mactan seems to cater primarily to Koreans and Japanese whom are flying in and flying out without really going anywhere else on the island or Cebu.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Last night (Dec. 11, 2013) I agreed to meet a friend here after work for dinner. Neither of us had been there and since my friend was running late, I arrived there first. They were busy, but it was almost 8pm so it was to be expected and I expected to wait. I walked in and was greeted by the hostess with a very unfriendly/unwelcoming expression. I told her "2 please" in Japanese and her response in English was "We are full." I asked her if I could wait (in Japanese) and she just pointed at a chair. I waited not all that long and finally some people left. A waiter came to seat me and before I could even sit down he told me "You just can't sit here and drink water. You have to order something."(in Japanese) Before even sitting down I ordered a beer. It was a round table near the entrance and unfortunately in view of the hostess who would periodically glare at me. Shortly after receiving my beer the waiter came and asked me to move to another table because my party was only going to be two people and I was at a table that could seat four. Fine, I thought. I moved to the other table and texted my friend to please hurry as this was the rudest customer service I've had in the near five years I've lived here. My friend finally arrived and we ordered food and ended up getting desert. The food was alright. It's what you would expect for their prices, but did not extend itself in anyway as to standing out among similarly priced restaurants/cafes. When we went to pay, the receptionist handled it and she unapologetically told us we couldn't pay separately. (something that is normal to do in Japan) Fine, the service had been terrible thus far, so what should I expect. We both paid and the change was going to be ¥500. You would expect her to to give us change with 4 ¥100 coins and 2 ¥50 coins. Nope, she gave us 1 ¥500 coin. I will never go there again. It's on センター街 for crying out loud. What is there to be snobby about?!?
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I discovered this place as it was on my route from Kyobashi Station to my client's office. Recently they were forced to move the restaurant to Ginza (just a 10 min walk from the old location) due to all of the old buildings in Kyobashi being torn down to make way for new sky scrapper projects. Yesterday was my first time to the new location and it was great. They remembered who I was, thanked me for coming, and afterward gave me a free espresso to thank me for coming back. That's service! On to the food; Their pasta is some of the best pasta in Tokyo in my opinion. Often in Tokyo many pasta restaurants use cheap ingredients and make their tomato based sauces creamy. That's not the case here. Everything is done to perfection. I've never been here for dinner, but for lunch it will run you ¥800 for most lunch sets on the menu. This includes a romaine lettuce salad, a piece of bread, generous plate of pasta, and a glass of water. (free refills) The decor of the new location doesn't have as much character as the old place, but I think they are still setting up as a lot of the cans of tomatoes etc. are missing. Nevertheless, it's a warm and inviting place and would still be a nice place to take a date. Here is the new address: 1-5-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Having already spent a lot of money for my Wife's and I's wedding and never actually been to this church, I was a bit nervous, but it was actually an amazing experience and everything went very smoothly. I feel like the pictures of this place can't do it justice. The view of the ocean from inside the church is breath takingly beautiful. The service itself was nice and they went over it with me ahead of time if there was anything additional I wanted added or taken out. All in all it was an experience of a lifetime and I am glad we chose here.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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One thing Tokyo has a lot of is great places to get a cup of coffee, but the place where nearly all of them go wrong is their hours of operation. A coffee shop is suppose to open early and close late, but Tokyo coffee shops seem to think otherwise. So often if you have to be somewhere early in the morning nearly all places with a decent cup are still closed. Get off a little late for work and just want to unwind and have a nice cup of coffee? Impossible! Nearly everywhere closes between 7 - 8pm. This place however stays open until 12:30am and opens at 8am!!!! That's doing it right. Enough about the hours of operation. This place actually has really great coffee and a really small, but cozy and welcoming atmosphere to to enjoy a cup. Unfortunately for me I'm rarely in Ebisu, but when I am I will hit this place up again.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I eat here for lunch a few times a month. Hands down the best burger in Tokyo in my opinion. Tip: Go for lunch on a weekday and you shouldn't have any problem getting a table.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've lived in Tokyo for 3 1/2 years and this place is by far the best place to get a drink for those that really love beer enough to want to drink something other than the big four. The place is a bit small, but not surprising as this is Tokyo. My recommendation is to get there early in the evening so you can get a table. It's also important to get there early as food items and popular beers on tap can run dry. There is always plenty of other great beers to try, but if you want to try them all you will need to get there early. To sum this place up; if you are in Tokyo and wanting to try some of the best brews in Japan, this is the place to go. Great service, nice crowd, and it's non-smoking!
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Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago