This morning I managed to get out on the bike with my new Fuji Instax 210 Wide that I bought for work.

These aren’t great photos, I know, but I’m looking forward to riding in the mountains with this camera and seeing some instant prints while out in the middle of nowhere.

今朝、仕事のために買ったばかりの Fujifilm Instax 210 Wide インスタントカメラをカバンに入れて、自転車で出かけました。
下に載せた写真はあまりいいとは言えないのですが、試しとして満足しています。これから自転車を乗って山や田舎の方に行って、辺ぴな所で写真を撮った直ぐ後にインスタントプリントを見えるのを楽しみにしています。

Inuyama city & castle 犬山市・犬山城
Narita-san 成田山
Local pond 犬山周辺の池
Local allotment 畑

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Shikoku

Shikoku is probably my favourite place in Japan. It’s the first place I lived permanently in Japan, it’s fantastic for cycling, the people are wonderful, it’s home to the best festival I’ve ever been too, which I went to again this year, but I worry.

What happened in Tohoku in 2011 is predicted to happen again. In fact it is predicted for the whole Pacific Coast of Japan, including Shima and Minami Ise which I visited recently.

Despite the paranoia it’s a place I can’t imagine not revisiting again and again and one day moving back to.

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Gifu

Gifu prefecture is a great place for cycling and since taking along my film camera on most rides I’ve started enjoying the scenery of rural Japanese life a lot more as well.

Click for a larger view.

岐阜県で自転車に乗る事がとてもいい。最近、岐阜県に自転車でかける時にフィルムカメラを持ってきているので日本の田舎の風景も楽しんでいます。

写真をクリックすると大きく見れます。

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Stopping

Personally it’s not easy stopping to take photos when out cycling, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

There’s something about exploring the countryside randomly on a bike that can’t be put into words so taking along a camera is a valid alternative.

I’m not sure why I like the photos below, or why you should either, but for some reason I do.

By the way, the images below don’t look sharp but if you click on them they do. Anybody know why?

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Mt. Norikura

Every year my friends and I cycle up Mt. Norikura – usually three times over a weekend. It’s one of the biggest mountains in the Japanese Alps and renowned among cyclists throughout the country. The summit, just over 3000m, is higher than anything the Tour de France usually goes over and it takes at least 17kms of continual climbing to get there.

Strange as it seems it’s usually one of the highlights of my year. I’m yet to discover anything that compares with the satisfaction of reaching the summit and the anticipation of the awesome decent that always awaits.

I took a film camera with me but it stopped working at the start of the climb. So I hid it in the bushes and relied on my iPhone.

By the way, we’ve just moved apartments so don’t have the Internet yet. Consequently this is post is directly from my iPhone.

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Cycling

It’s always been difficult to combine cycling and photography, my two favorite hobbies. Mainly because I hated carrying a camera with me but also because if I DID take one with me the urge to keep cycling overrode any desire to capture a certain scene. But that’s all changed now that I can easily fit my iPhone in my jersey pocket.

Cycling is the Japanese countryside is hard to beat.