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 […]

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 […]

Mascots!

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 […]

Puroresu in Fukuoka

Yes, a pro wrestling post. In its heyday in Japan, puroresu (プロレス) was as popular as any sport. People used to crowd around their TV sets on New Year’s Eve and watch a card put on by one of the big promotions. Its top stars are cultural icons. And if anyone in the world wants […]

Hakata Dontaku Festival

Happy Golden Week everyone! In Japan, Golden Week is a string of holidays that amounts to a 4- or 5-day weekend, depending on what days those holidays fall. It’s a busy time for travel, and most of my friends are exploring southeast Asia, but I stayed in Fukuoka and explored the city more. That’s one […]