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Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride.  Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012
As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  
… In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.
I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.
I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.
On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride. 

    Panama Canal, 12 Dec 2012

    As far as business trips go, that one was particularly boring. My fault, entirely: I made 0 effort to explore the city and spent the entire time in hotels, taxis and printing companies. Worse, while there, I watched every episode of Dinner for Five and The Mindy Project.  

    … In fact, I felt so guilty that on my last night I forced myself out of the hotel and drove to the Panama Canal for dinner.

    I ended up at the Miraflores restaurant [the food is a disaster so the only smart (and desperate) option is to eat the shit out of the $31 all-you-can-eat buffet] and scored a table on the terrace, right by the railing overlooking the locks.

    I watched the ships go by and binged on ceviches.

    On the way back, I fought the cab driver down from $45 to $30 for a ride I knew was worth a mere $20, which left me feeling rather bitter sweet… But the ships were well worth the bad food and the dent in my pride. 

    Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal).  Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal).  Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal).  Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal).  Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal).  Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012
I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.
… Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal). 

      Efterklang @ Barbican centre, London, 30 Oct 2012

      I wasn’t quite with it last night, so it was hard for me to fully immerse myself into Efterklang’s musical bubble (they performed their new album Piramida in its entirety). I was also growing unfairly irritated at Efterklang’s frontman’s over-the-top sentimentalism on stage.

      … Anywho, a few spine-tingling moments were had though, courtesy of Northern Sinfonia (the British Orchestra that has been accompanying Efterklang on their UK tour) and the wonderful female backing vocals (so ethereal). 

      Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere. Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere.

        Kumamoto prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012

        Takefue + Kurokawa + Manganji + Mount Aso (from a distance) + colourful spiders + hills + pine and bamboo trees + natural hot springs everywhere.

        Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE]  Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012
Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 
(very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside
[My photos of Takefue => HERE] 

          Takefue, Kyushu, Japan, 20-23 Oct 2012

          Takefue onsen ryokan is an insanely beautiful natural hot springs resort located in the Kumamoto prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. If you do find the strength to venture outside the property, there are some beautiful country walks to take. 

          (very) Hot springs + bamboo grove + food porn + Suzuki, our wonderful room attendant + Japanese countryside

          [My photos of Takefue => HERE

          One of the highlights of Shiretoko National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern tip of Hokkaidō, Japan) is the park’s Five Lakes (Shiretoko Goko Lakes). Before setting out on the foot trail around the lakes, you have to attend a 10-min lecture on how to avoid being mauled by bears (Shiretoko is known as brown bear country). You’re pretty much told (with the most sinister music score they can find) that if you do meet a bear and it starts charging, you’re royally fucked. They will show you the defensive position to adopt but just to be clear, this will only help limit bodily damage.

          Anywho, it’s a truly beautiful walk to take, especially during Koyo season.

          [My photos of the Shiretoko Goko Lakes => HERE]

          Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took. Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took.

            Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012

            Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.

            Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took.

            Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews] Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012
Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).
[Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews]

              Tokyo, Japan, 5-15 Oct 2012

              Press nights at Sagawa Printing + driving by Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower every night/morning on our newspaper delivery rounds + occasional visits to our temp editorial office in the Park Hotel Tokyo + dinners with my printers in Ginza (sushi night, tempura night, goiza night, etc).

              [Salon Cristofle shots courtesy of Meredith Andrews]

              This is the entrance to Mount Street Gardens in Mayfair, London, right next to Farm Street Church and just as you exit the Connaught Hotel

              Mayfair is a guilty pleasure of mine — I like basking in its lush and pretty poshness, although I’m ashamed to admit it. But all those glasses of Ruinart I’ve enjoyed at the Coburg bar (Connaught Hotel) and all those films I’ve films I’ve seen at the Curzon Mayfair make it impossible to keep denying my crush on Mayfair… I just really enjoy hanging out in that neighbourhood. There, I said it.

              But trust me, when the sun is out on a Sunday, Mount Street Gardens is a fantastic spot for a quiet and peaceful read. Top that up with a film @ the Curzon and a glass of  champagne @ the Coburg, and there you have it: a perfect afternoon in Mayfair. 

              Sidenote: Mayfair has recently introduced an element of danger to enhance your experience as a dweller: eartier this week, the window pane of an art gallery fell on top of a young woman who was outside enjoying a sandwich.  And killed her. 

              Screen 1, Curzon Mayfair, London, August 2012

              For a minute I thought I was going to have the room all to myself. I was rather elated at that prospect and decided to capture the moment…. I was barely done taking with that one shot that people started coming in. Damn. A totally private screening is really hard to come by, as it happens. I keep trying but the best I’ve been able to get it down to is 2 (me + cinema staffer).

              Remember Thierry Getta (aka Mr Brainwash) from Banksy’s mockumentary? The guy is a total joke (and very probably the product of one of Banksy’s pranks)… Anyway anyway, he’s got a solo show in London right now (until Sep 7th), very similar to the farcical show he put on in L.A in the film. It’s full of gigantic, colourful, fun and cheap looking art; it’s free and you’re in and out in 5 minutes. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your free poster and postcard when you Exit Through The Gift Shop. Remember Thierry Getta (aka Mr Brainwash) from Banksy’s mockumentary? The guy is a total joke (and very probably the product of one of Banksy’s pranks)… Anyway anyway, he’s got a solo show in London right now (until Sep 7th), very similar to the farcical show he put on in L.A in the film. It’s full of gigantic, colourful, fun and cheap looking art; it’s free and you’re in and out in 5 minutes. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your free poster and postcard when you Exit Through The Gift Shop. Remember Thierry Getta (aka Mr Brainwash) from Banksy’s mockumentary? The guy is a total joke (and very probably the product of one of Banksy’s pranks)… Anyway anyway, he’s got a solo show in London right now (until Sep 7th), very similar to the farcical show he put on in L.A in the film. It’s full of gigantic, colourful, fun and cheap looking art; it’s free and you’re in and out in 5 minutes. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your free poster and postcard when you Exit Through The Gift Shop. Remember Thierry Getta (aka Mr Brainwash) from Banksy’s mockumentary? The guy is a total joke (and very probably the product of one of Banksy’s pranks)… Anyway anyway, he’s got a solo show in London right now (until Sep 7th), very similar to the farcical show he put on in L.A in the film. It’s full of gigantic, colourful, fun and cheap looking art; it’s free and you’re in and out in 5 minutes. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your free poster and postcard when you Exit Through The Gift Shop.

                Remember Thierry Getta (aka Mr Brainwash) from Banksy’s mockumentary? The guy is a total joke (and very probably the product of one of Banksy’s pranks)… Anyway anyway, he’s got a solo show in London right now (until Sep 7th), very similar to the farcical show he put on in L.A in the film. It’s full of gigantic, colourful, fun and cheap looking art; it’s free and you’re in and out in 5 minutes. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your free poster and postcard when you Exit Through The Gift Shop.

                Sushi of Shiori144 Drummond StreetLondon NW1 2PA, UKTel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962 
I’ve already blogged once about that sushi joint, but their food is so fucking awesome that it deserves a second post. 
Only nine seats in the house. Husband cooks, Wife serves. Their fish monger are the same peeps that supply restaurants like Nobu so they’re really serious about the quality and the freshness of their fish. 
I love love love this place. 
[I strongly recommend ordering one of the tasting menus — starting at £40 — bearing in mind that you’ll need to order it in advance] Sushi of Shiori144 Drummond StreetLondon NW1 2PA, UKTel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962 
I’ve already blogged once about that sushi joint, but their food is so fucking awesome that it deserves a second post. 
Only nine seats in the house. Husband cooks, Wife serves. Their fish monger are the same peeps that supply restaurants like Nobu so they’re really serious about the quality and the freshness of their fish. 
I love love love this place. 
[I strongly recommend ordering one of the tasting menus — starting at £40 — bearing in mind that you’ll need to order it in advance] Sushi of Shiori144 Drummond StreetLondon NW1 2PA, UKTel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962 
I’ve already blogged once about that sushi joint, but their food is so fucking awesome that it deserves a second post. 
Only nine seats in the house. Husband cooks, Wife serves. Their fish monger are the same peeps that supply restaurants like Nobu so they’re really serious about the quality and the freshness of their fish. 
I love love love this place. 
[I strongly recommend ordering one of the tasting menus — starting at £40 — bearing in mind that you’ll need to order it in advance] Sushi of Shiori144 Drummond StreetLondon NW1 2PA, UKTel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962 
I’ve already blogged once about that sushi joint, but their food is so fucking awesome that it deserves a second post. 
Only nine seats in the house. Husband cooks, Wife serves. Their fish monger are the same peeps that supply restaurants like Nobu so they’re really serious about the quality and the freshness of their fish. 
I love love love this place. 
[I strongly recommend ordering one of the tasting menus — starting at £40 — bearing in mind that you’ll need to order it in advance]

                  Sushi of Shiori
                  144 Drummond Street
                  London NW1 2PA, UK
                  Tel: +44 (0)20 7388 9962 

                  I’ve already blogged once about that sushi joint, but their food is so fucking awesome that it deserves a second post.

                  Only nine seats in the house. Husband cooks, Wife serves. Their fish monger are the same peeps that supply restaurants like Nobu so they’re really serious about the quality and the freshness of their fish. 

                  I love love love this place. 

                  [I strongly recommend ordering one of the tasting menus — starting at £40 — bearing in mind that you’ll need to order it in advance]

                  Tea Lounge, Brooklyn, 21 June 2012
I love that place and would happily waste my days away in there. Pity how London is doing such a poor job at trying to recreate that comfy/homey coffee lounge vibe that the US do so well and so effortlessly. Tea Lounge, Brooklyn, 21 June 2012
I love that place and would happily waste my days away in there. Pity how London is doing such a poor job at trying to recreate that comfy/homey coffee lounge vibe that the US do so well and so effortlessly.

                    Tea Lounge, Brooklyn, 21 June 2012

                    I love that place and would happily waste my days away in there. Pity how London is doing such a poor job at trying to recreate that comfy/homey coffee lounge vibe that the US do so well and so effortlessly.