Cats of June

During this past month, I took a fair amount of pictures of cats. I filled my cat-image-quota, which I limited to one, for my photo a day challenge (quota filled here) early on. But that didn’t stop me from snapping pictures of cats whenever I could. I collected cat pictures, I just didn’t post them.

I present them to you in all their glory now. All photos taken with my Nikon D3200 and 50mm1.8. in the month of June.

Behold, gentle reader, the cats of Japan…


14_06_29_179.jpgOhashi jouzuuuuuuu. (Reference for foriegn readers in Japan).


Which photo do you like the best and why?

That’s all for now (what more could you possibly ask for, anyhow?)



June Photo Challenge : 23

Today I got all settled with a drink and my camera by Dogo Onsen, my usual scene, ready to creep on some tourists. As I brought my camera up to my eye, it was blinking “?”. I clicked the “?” to find out that my battery was running low, and my camera would not be taking any photos until it had some more juice. So I went home, plugged it in, had dinner, and headed back out before sunset to take my photograph for today. I decided not to go back to Dogo Onsen. It was getting dark so it’s harder to shoot. I walked up to view in Dogo park with the idea of getting a night cityscape. The sun hadn’t quite set yet though, and I liked what I saw. The busy street winding towards the castle, the tram, and the people crossing. And of course, atop the hill, Matsuyama castle. I always found the colours of Japan to be pretty bland. Unless I’m showing off the beauty of the yukatas or kimonos, there really isn’t much to be seen colour wise. So I chose black and white for this scene.

view of dogo and matsuyama castle from dogo park

I guess it was nice I got out twice! It forced me to go somewhere different. It also forced me to hit my 10,000 steps today!

There’s only one more week left of my challenge! Where does the time go? See you tomorrow,

– R

June Photo Challenge : 19

A maneki neko, or “beckoning cat,” sits in a shop window in Dogo, Matsuyama. In Japan, the gesture for “come here” is made by raising your hand, palm down, and flicking your wrist aiming your fingers back to you. These cats beckon for customers, money, and good luck and are found in many shops in Japan. You may recognize it from my header image. I love them and I intend to buy a large one to bring home this summer.

maneki neko beckoning cat japan

June Photo Challenge : 15

Fifteen days ago, I challenged myself to take and upload one photo every day for the month of June. Here is my image for June 15th.

I saw this building when I was walking home after having lunch with Katie and Deandra. We went to our favourite: Ippudo ramen. Katie and I walked back to Dogo, stopping at some shops along the way. This building seemed sort of abandoned, although I’d bet people are living there, some old couple or something. The plants really seem to be taking over, and yet it doesn’t stick out. I’d actually walked past this a few times, but this was the first time I really noticed it. These sorts of half-abandoned buildings are commonplace here.

building being overtaken by plants, japan

On another note, I believe this is the first image I’ve taken in these last 15 days that is portrait and not landscape. I didn’t notice until I was uploading this one. I guess I’m learning about how I naturally shoot – I should try and mix things up.

Oh, and before I forget – it’s Father’s Day so a Happy Father’s Day shoutout Poppa John – the best father anyone could ever ask for! Love you!

Until tomorrow,

– R

June Photo Challenge : 10

Can you tell what’s going on here?

night time reflection

This evening, after a morning full of elementary school classes and a free afternoon, I headed into town to meet Katie, Evan and our Japanese teacher. After our lesson, Katie and I headed to our usual Tuesday dinner place. Just as we were leaving I realized I hadn’t taken a photo yet. Katie (who is also posting a photo a day on her blog here), noticed the reflection of the main street, Okaido, in this cafe window on the left. You can see the reflected image of the 7eleven and the taxi’s waiting outside. A young man sits at the cafe window watching the people walk by. The image of the man walking and talking on his cellphone past the 7eleven is reflected back to me from the window the young man looks out. This is a typical Tuesday night scene downtown Matsuyama.