Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sakura - Interior photography

This wonderful apartment is available to rent for tourists visiting Osaka.

Entrance way

Living room

The adjoining tatami room can also be used as a bedroom with a traditional futon spread on the tatami mats.
It's just as comfortable as any bed, and you can't fall out!

The master bed room.

A fully appointed kitchen.

Dining table seats up to four quite nicely.

Enjoy a cup of coffee with a view of Abeno-Harukas, currently the tallest building in Japan at 300m.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Nipponbashi Street Festa 2015! 日本橋ストリートフェスタ 2015

The spring equinox in Osaka is the date for the annual Nipponbashi Street Festa, a cosplay and anime themed road festival.  Here are some photos I managed to take while fighting my way through the very well behaved but extremely crowded area.

Attitude helps. 

 Man-Korra, Korra,Toph, Bolin

 Jibanyan and Fuyunyan from the very popular Yokai Watch.

 Paper/card craft on an extreme level.

 I hope this character was supposed to be tired looking, this guy must have been posing with that huge sword/axe/gun/saw? weapon all afternoon.

 Unnecessarily dark gritty reboot of a cartoon for 3-5 year olds.  Appropriately, this group had many fans.

 As though the character had stepped out of the TV. Daisuke Jigen

 A fantastic Maleficent cosplay, the expression is perfect.  I'm still not sure she was happy with having her picture taken. :P

 Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy

I don't remember Vivi having arms that big!

Zangief (Street Fighter), Belle and Beast (Beauty and the Beast) 

 3/4ths gender bent Harry Potter.

 Kamen Rider, I don't know which one.

Gothic maid.

 Mission Accomplished

 Weeping Angel from Dr. Who.  She actually made a kid cry.

Disgruntled employee.

Then they opened up the main street to cars, everyone had to crowd into the side streets...
We need more street!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cityscape Osaka

Winter is a great time to photography a city at night.  As many people are still in the office towers, they are brightly lit from the inside.  A tripod is essential for long exposure shots.
 A rare toll free parking space.

 A cyclist checks her smartphone.

Concrete Dragon 

A pedestrian waits for the walk signal. 

 An ambulance passes through a busy crosswalk.

 Umeda Station, Osaka.

 Taxis await their turn to queue.