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Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

Japan Trip 2.019 (Part 2)

While the Shyla and Ryan Japan Adventure 2018/19 has come to a close, the next adventure is right around the corner, Japan 2.019! I’m going to (un)feature the first collection of posts and replace it with this one. Below you will find a new collection of blog posts about my upcoming trip to Japan this May/June! Don’t worry! The first collection of posts are still accessible here! Announcement Post 2.0 (Two Point Oh)– Originally posted on March 21, 2019 Update…

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T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

T-minus under 2 weeks until Japan trip #2

Twice in one year? Inconceivable!? But alas, I am heading back to Tokyo in May/June of this year. Unlike the last trip which saw Shyla and I travel to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Fukui, and Kanazawa, this time we are going to be a little bit more stationary. That means no Shinkansen trips, at least not that we currently have planned. Instead, this trip will mostly be situated in Tokyo with visits to Disney (both Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea), a…

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2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 (Two Point Oh)

2.0 …an adjective used to denote a superior or more advanced version of an original concept, product, service, etc. We live in an age where software updates and newer software versions are coming out all the times. We are constantly shifting, re-evaluating and redesigning. When software is updated or undergoes significant changes you developers update the version numbers with each significant software update, for example, version 1.0 will become 2.0 will become 3.0, and so on and so on. On…

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The Convenience of Vending Machines

The Convenience of Vending Machines

When I got to Japan one of the first things I noticed was that they had a $*%# ton of vending machines. They are literally everywhere, and they sell almost anything. My purchases from vending machines were mostly of the liquid variety and most machines sell both hot and cold beverages. I was in love! The ability to grab a hot coffee at any time of day was an empowering feeling as a coffee drinker. Move over Tim Hortons and…

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Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

Shyla and Ryan’s Japan Tour 2018/2019 (Presentation)

So, yesterday I was finally able to share Shyla and I’s Japan Tour with my colleagues at Carleton University Library. Over an hour “Lunch and Learn” presentation we looked at over 200 photos on an absolutely massive 107 slide Google Slideshow (featured below). The session was well received with over 40 library staff, and even external university staff in attendance. You often hear the saying that “less is more”, but in this case, I didn’t feel comfortable cutting anything from…

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Visiting the Imperial Palace: Emperor Akihito’s Final New Year’s Greeting

Visiting the Imperial Palace: Emperor Akihito’s Final New Year’s Greeting

On January 2, 2019, Shyla and I got to visit the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to see Emperor Akihito’s final new year appearance. The Emperor’s New Year Greeting is when the current Emperor addresses the people and the people offer good wishes to the Emperor. The Imperial Palace’s Inner Garden is not accessible to the general public, except in some special circumstances, such as the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23rd, or the Emperor’s New Year’s Greeting on January 2nd. Guided tours are also…

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Photo editing using Snapseed: A workshop on basic mobile photo editing

Photo editing using Snapseed: A workshop on basic mobile photo editing

Let me start off by saying, I’m no photographer. I don’t have any formal training in the art of taking a photograph. That said, leading up to my trip to Japan I did do a lot of self-exploration into what makes a good photo on a mobile device (iPhone Photography School has a YouTube channel too). I got a lot of compliments on the photos I took from my recent trip to Japan, so I thought I’d put together this little…

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Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

Things don’t change that much in 29 years…

…except maybe the hair… and the clothes… and the shoes… and the technology… and the way we take photos… You know what? Plenty of things change! Not Kinkaku-Ji Temple and its grounds though. On December 18th, Shyla and I visited Kinkaku-Ji Temple (also sometimes referred to as the Golden Pavillion). On December 26th, I got an Instagram message from my dad. You know the picture of you in front of the pond and gold temple in Kyoto? I have a picture of me and a…

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My Favourite Photos from Japan

My Favourite Photos from Japan

When I set out to write this post, I was determined to narrow down my thousands of Japan photos down to my top 10.  Yes, you read that correctly, thousands. I honestly didn’t think it would be that difficult. As I sat down and flipped through my photos, however, I knew it would be impossible for me to narrow it down to only 10. As many people have, I watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Yes, I too have…

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The Journal of Japanese Gardening’s Shiosai Rankings

The Journal of Japanese Gardening’s Shiosai Rankings

If you followed along with Shyla and I’s Japan trip, you will have noticed we made a stop at Nomura Samurai House and Garden. Gardens were an aspect of Japan that wasn’t really on my radar when I was planning my trip to Japan. The trip was in December so I was not thinking of the wonderful gardens available around Japan. In Japan, gardens are an important art form and have been refined for more than 1000 years. While researching this…

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