Hit The Tokyo Pavement

“Immense” is one word I’d use to describe Tokyo. If you go up to one of the many free observation decks in the city, you’ll see a giant metropolis that stretches out literally as far as the eye can see. Take the view from the Empire State Building, or the Eiffel Tower, multiply it many […]

Dazaifu Day

Dazaifu is definitely one of my favourite places in Fukuoka. It’s beautiful, it has a ton of history, and it’s easy to get to from Kurume. I kind of liken it to a tiny Kyoto. It also has the best-designed Starbucks in Japan, a beauty of a store using local wood to help it blend […]

Empty Tenjin

I love the work of French photographer Jean-Michel Berts. He does beautiful black and white fine art photography of different cities around the world. His pictures are distinct because with great timing and technique, he captures light falling on buildings and cityscapes so well. Most of the time, his pictures are also eerily devoid of […]

The World on Two Wheels

Today’s post is all about the bicycle. Why bicycles? For one, it’s a machine that I’ve always loved. My family still remembers me outracing the bigger kids in the neighbourhood…at 5 years old! For two, it’s how I mostly get around Kurume. It’s so fun to bike in Japan because there are very few laws […]

Moving to Myanmar

In a previous post I mentioned that my wife and I were about to make a big career decision. I am proud to announce that starting August, we will be teaching in Yangon, Myanmar. Hit The Pavement is moving from Fukuoka to Yangon! We absolutely love Japan, and there is still a lot of travelling […]

Fukuoka Saturday Scenes

I don’t always get a chance to shoot Fukuoka on Saturdays. Usually I’m still in Kurume doing Kurume stuff. But yesterday I was in the city to have my x100s looked at by the Fuji people at their HQ in Hakata. I’ve been having issues with the on/off switch since a trip to Nagasaki a […]

Morning Walk

My wife and I are about to make a big career decision soon. Naturally, my sleep pattern is kind of out of sync. The other morning I woke up unusually early and went for a walk around the neighbourhood to clear my head a bit. As I mentioned in a previous post, this area is […]


Thought I’d put up a fun post for today. This is a small collection of mascot photos taken in Fukuoka, mainly from the Tenjin area. Businesses in Japan seem to love using them. In fact, the whole country loves characters. From Hello Kitty to Pikachu to Kumamon, every business entity, and many local governments, have […]

A Day in Kamitsu

Today I’m going to put the spotlight on my neighbourhood. I live in the Kamitsu area of Kurume, which is a mixed residential and commercial area, like most neighbourhoods in Japan. On the surface it’s nothing special, but it has its own charms. The most obvious thing that you see when you come to this […]

Kurume x iPhone

“The best camera is the one you have with you.” -All of the photography world And it’s true. As much as I refuse to admit it sometimes, my iPhone has bailed me out many times when I had nothing else. Your smartphone (or whatever phone you have on hand) may be the only camera you […]

Flashback: Hitting The Manhattan Pavement

If you’re in Canada, you’re celebrating the May two-four long weekend, which is the unofficial start of the summer season. BBQ, early trip to the cottage, Victoria Day fireworks, no work on Monday: I miss it all! Lucky Canucks. This weekend last year my wife (then future wife) and I took a road trip to […]