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Tokyo Day 4: Shinjuku and Ginza

Posted on: 10.27.2011

Unfortunately my camera was out of service for the morning of the fourth day since I had dropped it on the floor at the restaurant the night before.  I was lucky that the only thing that was broken was the battery pack holder AND Nikon is from Japan!  We travelled all over Tokyo by train on this day.  So, we got up early and headed out to Akihabara, aka Electric Town, to look for a replacement part.  We were sent to the Nikon service center in Ginza...which ended up being closed for the whole weekend!  There was only one other Nikon shop in Tokyo -> in Shinjuku.  But before leaving Ginza we headed to Bic Camera, to see if they had the part.  They did not, but a man who spoke perfect English called the Shinjuku store for us and put the part on hold for us.  We were blessed with incredibly nice, helpful, and English-speaking people on this day.  Short story long, we finally bought the $6 part in the Nikon Service Center in Shinjuku.  The views from the building were amazing!  We decided to explore Shinjuku which was so colorful and fun.  We also visited another shrine: Hanazono Shrine.  As we strolled the streets I was on the lookout for used camera stores, but didn't find anything that struck my fancy.  Afterwards we headed back to Ginza and explored the stores and architecture, including the Sony Building and Mikimoto.  The only thing I bought was a cake from Baum Kuchen.  After heading back to our hotel, we had dinner around the corner at an ethnic restaurant called Mangrove Cafe, which was very yummy.

Join Me!

Posted on: 10.25.2011

I don't know how many of you iPhone users use the app Instagram, but I love it!  It is one of my favorites.  Basically, it is a free app that allows you to apply fun filters and then share your photos with:
a) your twitter feed,
b) your facebook friends,
c) email,
d) the instagram community, and
e) others.

Here is a user-created web viewer to view my instagrams: My name is @picatoria!

I heard about the Worldwide InstaMeet and thought it would be fun to meet more Instagrammers here in Naples.  Other cities have had a few meetups and it always looks like a lot of fun.  Read about past Worldwide meetups here.

So if you use the app, or would like to meet up, I will be at the Pier tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:00 PM for a little walk about.  Let me know if you'd like to join!  Click here to download the app to check it out!

St. Louis by iPhone!

Posted on: 10.13.2011

I had a great time in St. Louis even for such a short time! I saw some great old friends and attended a beautiful wedding. Unfortunately, we were so busy catching up that I didn't take very many pictures at all. However it is good to really enjoy yourself sometimes. Here are the few iPhone pictures I took:

Out of Town

Posted on: 10.07.2011

Hello!  I will be away from Naples over the weekend.  I will be unable to answer any questions or comments, but will be back in touch as soon as I get back!

I am going to St. Louis for one of my freshman year roommate's wedding.  I'm so excited!  I have decided to only take my film camera and iPhone.  I haven't just done film since 2002.  It will be a great time and I'm sure I'll have a post about it later.  Have a great weekend!

Tokyo Day 3: Asakusa, Ueno

Posted on: 10.06.2011

The third day I woke up just before the sun.  I watched it rise from our hotel room and it was truly one of the highlights of my trip.  Amazing!  When he started out, after struggling to buy an all-day pass with everything in Japanese, we took the JR Yamanote line from Ebisu to Shibuya and then we hopped onto a Tokyo Metro Ginza line to Asakusa.  What we did not think about was that it was rush hour.  The Ginza line was absolutely packed!  Everyone was squeezed in and the whole train moved collectively around bends, etc.  I could not wait to get off!  Today was another very busy day where we saw a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.  In Asakusa we saw the Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum.  We then took the Sobu line from Ryogoku to Akihabara and the JR line from Akihabara to Ueno.  We went to lunch and pointed to the picture we wanted to eat since nobody spoke English.  Once in Ueno park we saw the Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple, the Gojo Shrine with lots of torii gates, the Bentendo Temple in the middle of the reed-infested pond, went in the Shitamachi Museum (fun), loved the Toshogu Shrine because it was very old, and ended our day at the Tokyo National Museum to learn some history of Japan.  So much walking!  We ended our day with dinner in Gonpachi in Roppongi, which was delicious, although I unfortunately dropped my camera on the floor and the flap holding the battery pack came off!  More to come on that in the next post...

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