Kasai Rinkai Park

It took a full week, but I finally got my laptop back, and it is working fine again (on top of that it has also been completely cleaned). It is a big relief given the price of these things, but I have to say this week without computer has been a good and productive one. I suddenly had the time to go to places I would have otherwise never been. Like in the Kanda area last weekend, for example. Or like the Kasai Rinkai Park yesterday. 

  

This park is easily accessible from central Tokyo via the JR Keiyo line. Its main features are the Tokyo Sealife Aquarium, a huge Ferris Wheel and a Sea Bird Sanctuary.

  
There are several viewing spots located around the Sea Bird Sanctuary, where bird watchers and photographers can gather. The longest lens I had with me was the XF50-140mm F2.8, which is definitely a too short focal range in this situation. I will probably come back once the “super telephoto zoom” (XF100-400mm?) becomes available for rent (Q1 2016?).

   
  

The park is located near the beach, so you will also encounter loads of crabs while you walk around.

   


The huge Ferris Wheel is the main landmark of the park, and looks great at night when it is illuminated.

   
   

Heavy rain in Tokyo

It’s been raining really hard in Tokyo today, so that the Japan Meteorological Agency was forced to issue official warnings about heavy rain and potential floods, that were disseminated to the population via messages sent directly to everyone’s smartphones:  

When you think that 2 weeks ago we had a crazy blue sky but everyone was complaining that the summer was too hot and humid…

  
 
The situation is not as bad though as in some places in the Shizuoka prefecture that have been completely flooded due to the passage of Typhoon Etau

Photowalk in Eastern Tokyo

My computer is now finally at the repair center (had to wait 4 days to have an appointment at the Apple Store…). I hope to get more news in the next 2 days, hopefully some good ones that don’t come at a hefty price. Since I still can’t do any proper editing, Let me share some iPhone shots instead. These ones are from a short Photowalk I did last Sunday in eastern Tokyo.

I started from the Kanda station, and took the direction of the Kanda shrine.

   

  


I made a small detour on the way to pass through this well-known vantage point in Ochanomizu.

  
It had actually been several years that I had not visited the Kanda shrine, as I am most of the time more on the western side of Tokyo, so I took the time to enjoy the place.

   
    
    
    
 
Because the Kanda shrine is close to Akihabara, you will see many ema like this one:

   
  
I had initially planned to continue towards Akihabara, which is literally 5min away by walking from the shrine, but it started to rain heavily so instead I took the train back towards Shiodome and concluded this day by a wonton soup at DinnTai Fung πŸ˜‰

  
A good walk overall despite of the unfriendly weather (and a nice dinner), in an area that is somewhat quieter and less crowded than other areas of Tokyo that might be more prominent in travel guides, definitely worth the small detour if you have planned a visit to Akihabara.

Star Wars BB-8β„’ Droid by Sphero

I am having some serious hardware problems with my computer, so I have a ton of pictures to edit piling up on memory cards. Unfortunately, it takes several days to have an appointment at the repair station of the Apple Store. 

Meanwhile, I’m having some fun at home with the Star Wars BB-8 Droid by Sphero to help the time go by faster πŸ™‚

 
Shot taken with my Fuji X-T1, transferred to my iPhone via the Wifi app and slightly edited in Snapseed to add some vignette. This picture was actually taken on the floor of my living room, but, by setting the camera so that I get a pitch black exposure before adding one flash on camera left, I create the illusion that I am shooting against a black background πŸ˜‰