Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

A selection of my favorite photographs from the 2016 cherry blossom season. Most of these photographs were taken in Toyonaka, which is in the northern part of Osaka Prefecture, but a few of the mistier ones were taken on Yoshino Mountain in Nara, on a beautiful rainy day in spring. Photo data, from the top: […]

2016 is the Year of the Monkey, plenty of which can be found up in the Minoh mountains, not too far from my apartment. One of the most famous monkey watching spots in the area is Minoh Falls, where the monkeys tend to come out at dusk to pick the mites out of each other’s […]



This year, for the second year in a row, I went to Toyama prefecture with a group of friends to eat kan-buri (寒ブリ), Japanese amberjack, which is at its seasonal peak in winter. We stayed just outside of the town of Himi (氷見), which is famous not only for its large fish market and the […]

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken any photos with my Ricoh GRD2, but today I decided to take it with me on a trip to Rurikei Onsen, where my friends and I went to spend an afternoon soaking in the hot springs. Before hitting the baths, however, we decided to take a short […]

forest / sound


The artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has fashioned a turntable that plays cross sections of tree trunks as if they were records.  The tree slices aren’t played directly, of course, but are instead read by a PlayStation Eye Camera that sends the data to a computer where it is translated into piano notes that correspond to the shapes […]

If you’re fascinated by patterns in nature — and you should be — then the videos of Dennis Hlynsky are for you.  I’m not sure what techniques Hlynsky, who teaches at the Rhode Island Institute of Design, uses to create the tracer effect in his videos, but it’s a truly impressive effect in terms of […]

The Nose Kaido (能勢街道) is an ancient road that runs from the north part of the city of Osaka, through Toyonaka and Ikeda, and finally up into the Nose area in the far north of Osaka Prefecture.  “Nose” is pronounced like “no say” — not like that large thing that protrudes from your face.  The […]