Simon Albrecht

Software Engineer from Zurich, Switzerland.

Tsukiji Market

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So I was scrolling through the camera roll on my phone and found this gem — a shot of the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Unfortunately, the market was about to close but I still very much like this photo.

Exploring Japan: Tokyo and Mt. Fuji

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If you haven’t read the first part, Exploring Japan: Kyoto, Nara & Osaka, make sure to read that first.

After we’ve spent the first week in-and-around Kyoto, it was time for us travel back to Tokyo, the capital of Japan. With a city as big as Tokyo, there’s a lot to see. Sadly we weren’t ably to see everything, but I think we covered the esential ones.

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The Odaiba bay area with a view of the Rainbow Bridge and a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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A long exposure shot of the Rainbow Bridge at night. You just gotta love the feeling of a city at night!

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Probably world’s most famous street crossing: Shinjuku Crossing. It was crazy packed there. Luckily nobody was ran over.

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The Meiji Shrine inside the Yoyogi park. Crazy to think this is located in such a large city.

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People on the Tokyo Sky Deck enjoing the view of Tokyo and the Tokyo Tower seen on the left.

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The Imperial Palace. Apparently, the Imperial Family lives there. Must be really annoying to have random people walking in and out of your property.

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View over the city from the Tokyo Sky Tree, 450m above sea level. Bloody expensive to get up there but totally worth it! Sadly it was quite foggy/smoggy.

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A typical street in Tokyo, this one is next to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.

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The famous Mt. Fuji. Unfortunatelly the weather wasn’t good and we had to wait about an hour to catch a glimpse on the mountain. But it was quite an adventure to get there from Tokyo.

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Another shot of the Shinjuku Crossing. This time at night. I just love that yellow taxi going by!

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We went and walked over the Rainbow Bridge. It was really, really windy up there but the view of the Tokyo skyline was amazing.

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A view of the roads inside the Rainbow Bridge.

And that was Tokyo. After a horrible 12h flight, I am now back in lovely Switzerland! The trip was amazing overall but I wouldn’t want to live there - way too many people and everything is so far apart!

I hope you enjoyed my impressions from my trip to Japan! Thanks for reading! For the curious, there are more photos available in this album on Flickr.

Exploring Japan: Kyoto, Nara & Osaka

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Three weeks ago, I sat on a plane for 12 hours straight, watched 3 movies and 6 TV shows front-to-back, landed in a +7h timezone, sat through a 3h train ride on a train going 300km/h before arriving at the destination, 9’455km away from home — but it was worth it.

So on May 11th, two friends and I got on a plane bound for Tokyo, Japan. But that was not our actual destination, we planned to spend the first week of our two-week holiday in-and-around Kyoto, one of the most culturally diverse cities in Japan.

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Outside Kyoto’s Imperial Palace. Unfortunatelly it was application only and not open to the public.

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The Ninomaru Palace inside the Nijo Castle.

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On our way to the Iwatayama Monkey Park, we took a quick break to eat our sandwiches when I snapped this photo next to the Katsura river.

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A Japanese macaque (Snow Monkey) in the Iwatayama Monkey Park. There were signs reading that you shouldn’t stare at the monkeys, but they didn’t seem to care about people taking photos.

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Side streets in the Gion district, on our way to the Kiyomizudera temple.

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The Koyasu Pagoda opposite the Kiyomizudera temple.

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Probably the most cliché photo I took: The Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine. We also hiked up Mt. Inari (233m above sea level) for 2 hours to be disappointed with the view over Kyoto (which was non-existant). At least there was a vending machine with cool drinks.

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Our first day trip from Kyoto: Nara. There are wild deers roaming freely around the Nara Park which you can feed with special cookies.

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Back in Kyoto. The Nishiki food market offering fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and a lot of souveniers.

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Probably the most famous attraction in Kyoto: The Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion).

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Another day trip, this time to Osaka. We went to the Osaka Aquarium. Here’s a Jellyfish, which did not quite move as fast as the fishes (and made them hard to photograph). Also, the ferris wheel in the Osaka bay area.

And that’s about it from Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. I hope you like the photos I’ve picked! For those interested, there are more photos available in this album on Flickr.

Next up… Tokyo and Mt. Fuji.

Timelapse of a Giant

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Almost forgot to post this: I didn’t have much time on my skiing holiday to take a lot of pictures but I did manage to take a timelapse of the giant – the Matterhorn. Enjoy!

Homescreen

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A lot of blogs have been doing it lately and I thought I’d give it a shot too. So here it goes: my iPhone’s homescreen.

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Apple Default Apps
Safari, Calendar, Photos, Weather, Clock, Messages and Mail. There’s not much to say about them because every iPhone has them installed.

VSCOCam
VSCOCam is the most simple and best photo editing app for the iPhone. Also, If you’ve gotten sick of Instagram’s default filters, VSCOCam has plenty of nice onces.

PocketCasts
PocketCasts is my podcast app of choice. It’s fast, easy to use and does what it’s supposed to do: Fetch and play podcasts.

Favourite podcasts: Freak Show, NSFW, WRINT, Iterate and Radiolab.

Radium
Radium is an Internet radio app, which essentially does nothing more than play radio streams. No recording, no rating, no social nonsense, nothing unnecessary.

Most listened: BBC Radio 1.

YouTube
If you’ve been on the Internet for more than a week, you should know what YouTube is for.

Most watched: CTFxC, Vsauce, SourceFedNERD, Vice and the Yogscast.

AlienBlue
Alien Blue is the best Reddit client for both iPhone and iPad. It’s basically the best app to waste time.

Most visited sub-reddits: r/YouShouldKnow, r/IAmA, r/Documentaries, r/harrypotter and r/JenniferLawrence.

Day One
Day One is my journal, where I try to write something personal every few days. I haven’t gotten in the loop of doing it every day, but I’m trying my best to get there.

Kindle
I use the Kindle app to read on the go, when I don’t have my Paperwhite with me. It’s great for reading on public transport where I don’t have a seat.

Books read: On my Goodreads profile.

Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr
Not much to say about those. It’s where I spend most of my time doing “social networking”. You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

WhatsApp
Although WhatsApp is quite insecure, it’s still the best way to IM with people or groups who don’t have iPhones.

Spotify
I couldn’t live without Spotify (now free on mobile too!) anymore. I stream almost all day — no matter what mood I’m in or where I’m at.

Playlists: On my Spotify profile.

As you can see, I leave the last row empty. This is because I like the way it looks and it makes me think more about which apps I really need on my iPhone. Yay for minimalism!