Hokkaido Shreds

    • June 9, 2021
    • June 7, 2022

    Tsuru (Crane) In Hokkaido

    In the early spring of Hokkaido, when all living things come back to life, I drove a car down a country road and happened to see two cranes. They, without being afraid of me pulling over and other cars passing by, seemed to wait for something. I quietly got out of the car and kept watching them to find it was baby birds that they waited for. The crane family marched up to the other side of the road while the local cars just stopped, taking it like a common practice. I was so impressed to see people peacefully coexist with animals. People and animals are close to each other in good harmony, which is very Hokkaido, a real paradise.

    • June 1, 2021
    • June 7, 2022

    September in Sapporo

    Sapporo in September, completely different from the main land of Japan where people still suffer from lingering summer heat. The capital city of Hokkaido has a population of two million, but has such a big natural park in the center of the city. One autumn day, I went to the park to take some pictures, with my Canon EOS Rebel SL1. I took this shot under macro mode. The leaves were focused and the background was blurred out. This mode makes even my photography skills look better, though the picture was kind of a failure. The color of the leaves came out well, but I should have gone more closely. A giant crow casually enjoying a thick piece of bread. The crow was constantly moving, and so, I had to switch to sport mode for a faster shutter speed to freeze action. I was able to catch it within the […]

    • July 16, 2020
    • June 17, 2022


    When traveling in Yufuin, Kyushu (sorry, it’s not about Hokkaido), last summer, I randomly walked into this famous Shiba Inu Café, which was the one I always wanted to visit. The reason why I like shooting animals more than people is because I can easily capture ideal views without any communication. For people, they are always too shy to act natural in front of the camera. Natural light is always the best decoration for a photo. Hopefully I can take a sweet nap like her this weekend.

    • July 9, 2020
    • June 25, 2022

    Portrait Mode

    Have you ever used the portrait mode of your Iphone camera? It uses the combination of two different lenses, plus data algorithm to reach an effect similar to what the optical lens of high-end cameras makes. Even though it’s still a not-fully-developed technique, I have to admit it does make gorgeous pictures when lighting is right on point. This is a photo I took with my Iphone at last week’s CondeHouse barbecue event. The bright natural light even made the smoke extra visible. It’s amazing how technology development has enable everyone to capture fascinating moments easily with just a phone. I guess you can say this is one of the reasons why I love photography.

    • July 2, 2020
    • June 7, 2022

    Volunteering in Japan

    About this time last year, when I was still a student, I volunteered to help out at the Higashikawa-Town cycling competition. These were my friends from China, Taiwan and Vietnam. It was the first time I worked as a volunteer in Japan. We were assigned to hand out the wristbands to the racers. It was really hard for us foreigners to do this task, since my Japanese wasn’t so great. I had trouble understanding the orders given by the Japanese staff. When the racers started to approach me for the wristbands, it became kind of a mess. The race started. Even though I had already watched urban cycling races a few times, it was the first time I witnessed one held in the forest. I sent some pictures of the race to my cycling-loving friend, and he replied back “Oh my god, I want to go to Hokkaido NOW!” I […]

    • June 25, 2020
    • June 7, 2022

    Early Summer Night’s Dream

    I have always been a city kid since I was born. I used to walk through a concrete city and barely get any chance to see nature. One of my hobbies at that time is to go to concerts in a stadium holding thousands of people. Once in a while, I went to outdoor music festivals where I always ended up being squashed into a meat pie by the crowd. For me, a live show has always been a combination of joy and pain. Last summer I accidentally walked into a mini grassland concert in Higashikawa town, which really took me into a new field. I didn’t know that watching live concerts can be such a relaxing thing.  This picture was taken right in front of the town’s library. People were scattered freely on the grass, walking around, or just sitting at random. They just threw their bodies into the […]

    • June 18, 2020
    • June 7, 2022

    Sudden Rain

    While I was walking to work, it started raining cats and dogs. The road became muddy and suddenly the walk to work felt longer than ever. Just like the majority of the people, I personally dislike rain since I was a kid. Rain ruins plans, and especially with the pandemic going on right now, this day just felt extra gloomy. Walking up the stairs, I took a glance at the window and realized that baby-summer leaves on the trees outside looked more stunning when being rained on. The logo of CondeHouse was being reflected on the window. The green leaves and the red logo together created a really beautiful color-contrasting picture, which might not be the intended result of the interior designer, though. It would not be everything for creators to convey what they want to express through their works, but it must be serendipity if we can feel like […]

    • June 11, 2020
    • June 7, 2022

    Yoshinori Coffee Shop

    Summer time in Higashikawa Town. Dark-roasted coffee and Japanese soft-cream from Yoshinori (ヨシノリコーヒー) coffee shop. No, this is not a barn, this is actually the coffee shop. Not a big fan of dark-roasted coffee, but this was exactly what I came for. Sit back, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy a moment of peace.