Shirakawago – Stuck in Customs

My Favorite Image from Shirakawa-go

Fun Passport Sunday Behind the Scenes

If you’re a Passport Member then today you get to see about a 10 minute video of my time here in Shirakawa-go, Japan. I talk about the shots I’m trying to get, my travel pains, my travel pleasures, and other various tips and tricks. I hope you enjoy!

A Walk Around Shirakawa-go

This was a last-second idea to make this video in Shirakawa-go, Japan. I was having so much fun… I was totally alone, and then I thought, hey, why not bring the Passport members along with me on this little adventure! Anyway, here ya go… a lot of stream of consciousness in here, but I hope you like it! 🙂

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Daily Photo – My Favorite Image from Shirakawa-go

Here’s my overall favorite photo from this area! If you watched the Passport video, then you’ll have a bit of perspective on what went into the shot.

My Favorite Image from Shirakawa-go

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 21:26:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Farmhouse in Shirakawa-go

Amazing photo of a Stingaree

In the last 13 years of this blog, you know how unusual it is for me to share other people’s photos. It’s not a matter of solipsism; it’s mostly because I spend so much time taking photos of my own… on my own adventures… seeing amazing things… etc. BUT, I do visit reddit when I get bored, and I saw this INCREDIBLE PHOTO. Very few photos make me stop. This one did.

Daily Photo – Farmhouse in Shirakawa-go

Here’s one of the beautiful farmhouse I lived in while in the north of Japan. I don’t actually really CARE what people say about my photo when I post them online, but I do NOTICE. Even though this is not my own personal favorite photo, this is the one that got the most likes/comments online. I find it to be sociologically interesting when I have such a disconnect with the audience. Sometimes I like to think that I know what people will like, but photos like this remind me that I have no idea what happens in the minds of other people.

Farmhouse in Shirakawa-go

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 21:26:17
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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Old Farmhouses in Shirakawago

Another Cool Video

After that cell division video yesterday, I went down a Jan van IJken (the creator) rabbit hole. I found this cool video called “The Art of Flying” that I share with you now! 🙂

I asked my friend Matt Ridley about this effect that is called a murmuration. He said it is usually affected by predators that are trying to attack just a single bird, but the entire flock reacts to protect itself.

Daily Photo – Old Farmhouses in Shirakawago

Here’s a rather embarrassing story.

So, a few of these old farmhouses in Shirakawago, Japan, have been converted to ryokans. A ryokan is an old-style “hotel” that was used by traveling samurais with the sliding rice-paper walls, you sleep on the floor on a futon, you have group dinners and breakfasts, etc. I stayed in one that quite bare-bones with tiny rooms. You could literally hear your neighbor turning over in their bed as the sheets rubbed across their body. I was trying so hard to be quiet.

Anyway, about 1 AM I felt a gurgle below my tummy. I tried to go back to sleep and deal with it in the morning, but that didn’t work out well. It was that feeling you just have to deal with now: explosive diarrhea. I don’t know what the heck I ate, but things were going crazy south of the border. So I had to get out of bed, which was noisy enough on its own, but nothing next to what came next to disrupt the silence.

The next morning at breakfast, the other four guests at the ryokan were glancing this way and that, trying to figure out who had the midnight issues… I think they knew it was me.

Old Farmhouses in Shirakawago

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-14 22:01:11
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1.3
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length51.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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A Week of Japan, Starting with Shirakawa-go!

Welcome to a week of Japan!

I just spent TWO weeks in Japan, but I thought it would be fun to share my favorite 7 photos over the next 7 days. Regular readers of the blog know that I jump randomly around the world with my daily posts to keep it fresh, but I thought I would mix it up a little! I had such an amazing time there, and I’m excited to share it with you.

Daily Photo – A Week of Japan, Starting with Shirakawa-go!

Could this be a more perfect little fairy tale snowy village? I’ve been to Japan about eight times, but I’ve never ventured way out into the mountains in the winter. Now it’s one of my new favorite things! Before the trip, I identified five different new towns to visit. It wasn’t very easy to get to these places. It basically required me to master the rail and bus system of Japan. That’s not the easiest thing in the world, especially because as you get out of the main cities, no one speaks English and none of the signs are in English. I made more than a few mistakes, but now I’ve completely mastered the system! This is exciting because it means I can go absolutely anywhere in Japan with no help! Now that I’ve mastered it, I’m hankerin’ to go back!

A Week of Japan, Starting with Shirakawa-go!

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2019-02-15 21:51:37
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO125
  • Focal Length104.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

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