Japanese Bulk Buy Machines


In America you can take a 5 gallon jug to the market and fill it with spring water from a machine. Those wily Japanese take things a step further, and you can do the same thing with your 5 gallon bottle only instead of spring water, you can choose to fill it with miso broth or even green tea!

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Candy Aisle in Japanese Grocery Store


Colorful. Crazy. Delicious candy from Japan.

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And then there is this depressed fucker…..

Although, in retrospect, I think this picture could be from the feet section and might be for inserts you put in your shoes to keep them from smelling bad.
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Tasty Clam Snack


If you find yourself in the Aomori, Japan airport and you’re feeling a mite peckish, hit up the convenience shop and have some fresh clams. I watched the guy replenish the tank. Grab a bag. Grab some clams, and voila, you too could sit in front of gate and crack’em open for a tasty delight.

Here’s the guy loading up the tank.

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Here is a side shot of the tank.

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Here they are from the top.

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Tokyo Bay Japan


Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan with Rainbow Bridge and the Statue of Liberty

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan with Rainbow Bridge and the Statue of Liberty

Rainbow Bridge during the day.

Rainbow Bridge during the day.

Odaiba, Japan

Odaiba, Japan

Rainbow Bridge at Night

Rainbow Bridge at Night

Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower at Night

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower (Japan’s version of the Eiffel Tower) in Tokyo Bay.

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower overlooking Tokyo Bay.

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower overlooking Tokyo Bay.

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower in Odaiba, Japan.

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower in Odaiba, Japan.

Japanese Tourist Boat on Tokyo Bay.

Japanese Tourist Boat on Tokyo Bay.

Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower

Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower

Colorful Tokyo Bay with Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and touring boats in the water.

Colorful Tokyo Bay with Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and touring boats in the water.

Tokyo Bay during the daytime

Tokyo Bay during the daytime

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan


This oughtta blow your mind. Tokyo, Japan has a Statue of Liberty just like France and the United States do. Located in Odaiba on Tokyo Bay is Lady Liberty. Apparently back in the 50s or so, France lent theirs to Japan. It became such an awesome tourist attraction that when Japan had to return the borrowed statue back to France, they commissioned one of their very own.

You can get right up next to her so it’s basically a photographer’s wet dream. Now I’m not a very good photographer. In fact, I’m still learning (and have been for a reallllly long time now) but here’s my best recommendations for photography for Japan’s Statue of Liberty. During the day, you’ll most likely need just your camera because you can get right up next to her so your shots should come out tack sharp (unless you’re doing HDR or something like that then you’ll have to mount your camera on a tripod – see tripod notes below.)

If you’re shooting her at night obviously you’ll be on a tripod since you’re working with longer exposures. Do not set up on the walkway right next to her. You can feel every footfall as folks walk up to look at her resulting in ugly camera shake. Off to either side of her and still very very close, you can set up there to shoot Lady Liberty or swing around 90 degrees and shoot the Bay with Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and all the colorful tourist boats that come out at night (see yesterday’s post to view these pics.)

So here she is below, in all her glory….Tokyo, Japan’s Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

The blog owner with her two best friends ever.

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

The blog owner….always looking for that perfect shot.

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty with Rainbow Bridge and Tower Tower in the background

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

The blog owner – basically this is how she spends her life when she isn’t working…with a camera held up to her melon.

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Statue of Liberty, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay – Odaiba, Japan


Now this was a truly cool place and if you are into photography and going to Tokyo, Japan this location is a must see!! Odaiba, Japan is a “suburb” of Tokyo in the Tokyo Bay area. It’s got awesome shopping, lots of scenic spots overlooking the bay, Rainbow Bridge, colorful tourists boats at night, a Statue of Liberty (yes, you heard me correctly,) and Tokyo Tower off in the distance.

Photographers – bring your longest lenses, good UV filters and your tripods. In my next post, you’ll see the shots I took of the Statue of Liberty there with instructions specifically for shooting it.

Rainbow Bridge with Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Rainbow Bridge with Statue of Liberty in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

My view from the Washington Ariake Hotel 16 stories up

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Rainbow Bridge with Tokyo Tower in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Bay Tourist Boats at Night

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Rainbow Bridge with the Tokyo Tower in the background

Tokyo Bay in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan during the day

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan


The Fuji Television Station in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan is a must-see for visitors to Tokyo; it is an architectural feast for the eyes. For photography lovers, this is one of the best places to set up shop as it offers some of the best photography in Tokyo, from Fuji TV to Rainbow Bridge, or from the harbor at night lit up in the water with skinny neon tourist junkets painting the water with color, or their very own Statue of Liberty. That’s right, the Japanese also have a Lady Liberty Statue. More on that in later posts though.

Today’s focus is on Fuji TV. For photography tech, try to shoot Fuji TV on a cloudy day so you can use the sky as a giant softbox.

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Fuji Television Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan