The Best of AdventureRob 2011

January 14, 2012 · 4 comments

2011 turned out to be quite an eventful year for me. Kicking it off with celebration at Zojoji temple and watching Tokyo Tower lit up promised good things. In the same weekend in Tokyo I also discovered Japanese lucky bags, a surprising thrill comes from buying a reasonably priced bag and receiving a highly priced item inside tempted many shoppers.

Tokyo Tower at the turn of midnight Jan 1st 2011

Of course the big news of the year though came with the March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan. I wasn’t far off this, just 80km away from the Fukushima nuclear reactors.I declared I was staying and not running away despite pleas from family and friends, and the threat of nuclear explosion. What was worse thought was the tsunami damage in Sendai which I went to visit 5 months after the tsunami. Living close by I also went to help out victims of the disaster.

It wasn’t all pain and misery though. I got to see plenty of cosplay, a very Japanese way of enjoying yourself. Firstly cosplay at Comiket, the largest and extraordinarily busy convention of amateur comic book artists. As well as cosplay at Tokyo game show, which growing up with video games I related to a lot more and had a lot more fun at. I wouldn’t bother with comiket again, but I’d happily go to Tokyo game show again a few times.

A few thoughts this year I also had from my experience of travels is a recommendation to visit vineyards whilst travelling and what stuff to travel with. It’s good to take a cultured break in the middle of bootstrapping everything which is where the vineyard comes in (not to mention free wine all day!), and what  gear to travel with is something that we all should revise and change with time anyway. My thoughts have recently changed even since this post on camera’s as I’ve got myself a nice new Sony NEX-5n which is miles better for travel than my Canon 500d or any other SLR is, and just as capable as long as it has the right lens on it. It’s a shame they weren’t around when I started travelling, but anyone wanting to invest in photography equipment before travel should give that a look now, it’s reinvigorated my interest in photography and my last photo post of new years in London was taken with it to show off it’s capabilities.

To cap the year off after returning to the UK I visited London a couple of times. Floating in a tank of salt water and setting fire to my eye was my first attempt to relax, which half worked. But walking around and rediscovering photography worked a lot better. My last published photo on this site being the London Sunset.

So here’s to 2012, lets hope for a good one, as many people are predicting it’s our last (don’t believe in that bollocks myself though). May you all have a great year and travel to where-ever you wish to and do whatever you please there. I’ve got a couple of plans for this year, but they mostly involve hard work so if they happen or not is another thing completely!

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jennifer January 16, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Nice shoot of Christmas tree..Hope you had a great and awesome adventure..Keep on sharing..
jennifer´s latest blogpost – Trick photography and special effects

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AdventureRob January 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Thanks! Although it’s not a Christmas tree, it’s Tokyo tower, based on the Eiffel Tower, but bigger!

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Krystal February 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

How was the experience of helping out the tsunami victims?

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AdventureRob February 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM

More fun than it should have been. I think they were more pleased to have confirmation they’ve not been forgotten in their shelters more than anything else. Didn’t speak to any about the tsunami experience as it was quite fresh and I imagine emotional considering they’ve lost their homes and possibly a lot more.

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