Postcards

My cameras battery died suddenly because of below 0 temperature so I had to rely on my phone. Not a fan of Seoul in just one day but I hear it takes a lot more time. This is a quick shot from a bridge crossing.

I am sipping my coffee at 6am in Tokyo trying to finish some work before getting to Narita Airport for a quick trip to Seoul, South Korea. I am interested in observing the vibe of the recent wonder kid of Asia but it will be a very short trip (will get back to Tokyo for a final week before my flight to Istanbul) as I am not sure how I can survive under -10C weather with all the not so warm clothes I have with me. Yesterday was a good day in Tokyo, ran some errands but did it all by walking so I got to walk through number of parks and quite streets. I will soon report from South Korea. It is strange why my hands start typing North first whenever I need to type South Korea.

I`m in Tokyo for the weekend. I am this time (will be back for another week on the 12th before heading back to Istanbul) determined to get to better know this city. I will devote each day for a walk to different neighborhood – this one is a scene from Ueno today. A nice day, a nice weather and good walk.

I never had a consistent posting pattern on instagram. I will sometimes post everyday and sometimes once in five days. I sometimes don`t really have anything worthwhile to post but the inconsistency is more related to my ongoing battle with those platforms. My webpage makes me happy whereas the social media rarely has the same effect. I recently de-activated my Facebook and it is now one less open browser on my screen. If you have been following me, this blog and this section, which is almost daily updated are the best places to find me along with e-mail. I still keep my instagram account but switched to only desktop version so apologies if I don`t see your messages there on time.

This is my favorite walk in Yakushima – inner parts of Yakusugiland. If you have ever been there during rain, an ordinary or even a sunny day will never satisfy you. Along with a hike in Thailand under rain, this photo is from one of the visually most pleasing hikes that I have done in my life.

Kanazawa skyline. While the scenery is very important to me, I also always associate the places that I visit with a certain feeling and that feeling becomes the determining factor for a second visit, not the scenery. For Kanazawa, the feeling is gratitude and it is more than enough to warrant a second visit.

D. T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa is dedicated to the life and teachings of the Buddhist philosopher born in Kanazawa. The architecture of the museum aims to bring out the serenity attached to Zen teachings and in my view, it greatly achieves its purpose.

Kanazawa is one of the lesser known cities in Western Japan. It has been on my radar for sometime with its museums and a beautiful garden and I finally found the opportunity. The beautiful late autumn colors has been the highlight of my trip though.

It has been so long since I have been on a road trip in my own country. We drive for about 11 hours from Kaş to İstanbul. The weather is quite moody making the countryside look beautiful under moving clouds – one of those trips that you spend glued to the car window. I mostly shoot with my Fuji 56 mm lens as it is my fastest one.