Friday, April 28, 2017

Mount Fuji

Our short stay in Tokyo allowed for only a brief excursion out of the City.  This is the famous Fujiyama.  Seeing it in person - even from a bus window has in this photo - reveals the true size of this massive peak.  At 3,776 m (12,388 ft), mount Fuji is well down the list of the worlds highest mountains.  Everest, by comparison, is more than double the height of Fuji at 8,848 m (29,029 ft).  The suffix 'yama' means mountain Japanese so Mount Fuji and Fujiyama are correct, Mount Fujiyama is redundant and therefore incorrect.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tokyo Sights and Sounds

This photo was taken in the Akihabara electronics district of Tokyo.  I like the symmetry of this photo and the pixelated nature of the image created by the lights of the signage beyond.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Hipstamatic in Tokyo

I took a load of photos with my iPhone in Tokyo and many using the Hipstamatic App.  I find that in the modern age no one cares if you're taking photos with an iPhone whereas as larger camera draws more attention - not always a good thing.  The Hipstamatic simulates an economical film camera and the results are quite appealing, at least to my eye.  Black and white shots always look great even of ordinary scenes like this one.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tokyo Space Savers

Wikipedia reports that population of metro Tokyo is 38,000,000.  By comparison the population of Canada was estimated at 34,676,000 in 2014.  Canada has a land area of just under 10,000,000 square kilometers whereas metro Tokyo is a mere 14,000 square kilometers.  So there's not a lot of wasted space in Tokyo and the employ all sorts of clever ways to put things like vehicles out of the way when not in use.