Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tulips

Spring in Japan continues with or without the cherry blossoms. Most of the times, people assumed that spring is over once the sakura blooms fall. But there are still lots of flowers all over Japan this season. Just like the tulips which are currently taking the centerstage in Kanagawa prefecture.

windmill

Last weekend, after checking the weather forecast, we trooped to Sakura Oldness and Open Space for the annual Sakura Tulip Festival. A small part of the field was converted into a mini-Holland the complete with a symbolic windmill.

field

Tulips

nature's masterpiece
unveiled for public auction
one lips, tulips, gone.

/totomai

As photo enthusiasts, we wasted no time in taking photos and creating our own little world. The colors were enough to drown us and made us forget that we were in Japan.

chase
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Being on this field solidified my philosophy that there is always poetry in photography. You can’t just ignore nature’s haiku. Once you spot it, try reading it. 

Sometimes, you have to grow on your own.

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alone

There were lots of things happening at the same time. You can’t shoot everything no matter how hard you try to. There were cases that you need to stop what you are doing and appreciate the scenes unfolding right before your eyes.

fieldtulips 05escape comfortguards 

There are various kinds and colors of tulips. The field was like a watercolor palette. Of course, no one can deny the fact that the bugs are incredible happy during spring time too. More food for them.

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bug

Once the sun started to set, we knew it was time to go home. My mobile phone was responsible in recording the clips / highlights of the activity. Here’s the video of the day trip. Click video.

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I think two or three more posts will be about spring flowers. Despite being sick because of pollen allergy, there's no stopping me in celebrating spring. 

Hope you are all enjoying the season.

Flowers to those who are affected by the earthquake in Nepal, India, New Zealand. Be safe everyone.

/totomai 
2015/04/25 

Photos taken with Nikon D7000, 
lenses used : 
     Nikkor 105mm 2.8f 
     Nikkor 18-300mm 3.5f 
    Tamron 11-16 mm 2.8f
     Nikkor 10.5 mm 2.8f

Monday, April 20, 2015

Singapore

I just returned from Singapore. It was my second time for this year and fifth over-all. All of my visits were work-related though. And as per our company's information, I need to go back to Singapore for another technical meeting this May. That would make it three consecutive months of business trips in Singapore.

singapore

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chidorigafuchi

Chidorigafuchi is one of the popular spots for cherry blossoms (sakura) viewing. It is just a couple of stations away from our office. Seven springs had already passed since joining our company but I never had the chance to do a hanami there. Maybe because I try to avoid the crowd.

chidorigafuchi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Momo

Spring is finally here. Everyone is busy preparing and/or updating his/her itineraries so as not to miss the arrival of sakura aka cherry blossoms. Sakura may be the most popular bloom in Japan during spring, but there are other flowers that are equally beautiful too. One of them is the momo hana or peach blooms.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Sakura

As per the forecast, sakura (cherry blossom) will be in full bloom by end of March until mid-April in Kanto area. As early as today, everyone is anticipating the arrival of pink showers. But where to go exactly? Basing from my personal experience, take note that I’ve been to few places only, here are my recommendations.

sakura

Spring

slow-motion showers
kiss of pollens and petals
antihistamines

/totomai
for Poetry Pantry 244

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Eighth

Let the fireworks begin to celebrate the 8th blogsary of totomai.net formerly known as Distilling Thoughts. Yes, for 8 years, I had at least one post per month and I hope to continue it for the coming years.

blogsary
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