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Lots of Photography and Videography today.

Been learning a lot about my equipment through different video reviews and blogs today.  Been shooting with my Canon 60D almost my entire stay in Japan.  Recently, with my return to Videography, I’ve learned more about High Dynamic Range which applies to both media.  I also started studying about Color Grading and frame-rates in relation to video quality.  Again, most of this can also apply to Photography as well, not all, but a lot.

My quest to document my next visit to Japan was inspired by a single video by a team of videographers from the youtube channel called, TokyoStreetView.  I was amazed at the stability and, more importantly, the clarity of the footage they film.  Through their website, I was able to research their equipment and find out what they used and started to research the heck out of it.  Their night time, low light, videos were super clear and coming from a very amateur video background, this was absolutely mind boggling to me.

Their fireworks video really solidified it for me:

 

So here I am, fast forward a few months and I’ve upgraded my camera gear and finally fine tuned my settings.  My footage has gotten a huge boost and I think I’m ready to roll.

 

 

I am trying to find inspiration to practice out here in Rota, Spain, but it’s been an uphill battle trying to enjoy a place that is quite the opposite of Japan.  Hopefully I can find the motivation to force myself out there to practice so that when I do get back to japan, I will be ready, experienced, and more skilled to document my stay.  My new gear is definitely fun to work with, but sometimes I wonder if Spain is worthy of being filmed.  Yes, I feel that strongly about it.  (ᗒᗣᗕ)՞

 

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FOOD, Videography / Photography

Been Out of Commission for a Bit

Been out of commission due to sickness.  Got a stomach bug that was going around.  Luckily, and knocking on wood, the family hasn’t contracted it, so that’s a good thing.

During that down time, I’ve been scouring youtube for more high quality videos of Japan.  Found this little video from Simon & Martina.

This video did three things for me.  Helped me in studying about various aspects of videos, appreciate the food, and how to convey those feelings of food appreciation.  I’ve definitely collected a lot of personal notes on the subject.

So I plan on adding this place into my Bucket List.  There are the standard conveyor belt sushi restaurants, then your traditional ones.  This one looks like a premium version of the latter and I have yet to experience something like this.  So…..this is going to happen.

SUSHI SAITO – TOKYO
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Unusually busy Day

Started the usual weekday routine and met up with some Brothers in the KofC for a meeting of minds with a Priest from Jerez that does missionary work in Peru.  I purposefully avoided an early lunch knowing we were meeting and these meetings usually mean lots of Tapas and drinks.

Got there and spent almost 3 hours nursing a single cup of coffee and no food.  I ended up going home and heating up a frozen burrito and calling it a day, but wait, there’s more.  A friend needed a DVD of a movie and a neighbor informed me that she needed help with her kids since she wouldn’t be home on time to get them from the bus stop.

Finally winded down when all was said and done and started watching youtube videos on How to Make Videos look professional.  During my search and analysis of my recent video projects (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyxdPcnqLU-UULbqGTvfb4A/videos) I ran into a couple of videos and one reminded me of my favorite type of meals during my 2011-2015 stay in Japan.

The place is called Sushi-ro (http://www.akindo-sushiro.co.jp/en/).  It is one of many conveyor belt sushi places around.  My most favorite version of these places was Kura-Sushi (http://www.kura-corpo.co.jp/en/).  Oh how I miss these places with a passion.  I could usually come out fully stuffed and spend about $15 on a meal of great quality, variety, and not waste any food since you pay by the plate and you only got what you wanted.  I adore the Shrimp with avocado and fresh onions covered in Mayonnaise nigiris.  There is also a hand-roll that consists of a tempura shrimp, cut in half….one half stuck in as-is, and the other half chopped up and mixed with mayonnaise and stuffed along side the first half.  Oh soooo gooood!

Here’s the video I saw earlier today, shot on location in Sushiro.  Part of my Past, but definitely going to be in my Future.

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Feeling like some Crab….Japanese style!

Had a pretty standard day here in Rota, Spain today.  Got the kids ready for school in the morning, swung by the Naval Base to check our domestic mailbox, cooked myself a fried chicken w/tempura mushrooms on the side, witnessed our daughter receive an award for making the A/B Honor Roll list for 6th grade, brought the kids home shortly after, spent an hour on homework, then back to base for choir practice (Christmas concert), and finally headed back home for dinner and some much needed relaxation.

Through all this, I was constantly reminded of the good times in Japan, because let’s face it, the European lifestyle is not a good match for me and I’m reminded of this every day.

Yesterday we ate at a Spanish steakhouse in Sanlucar de Barrameda.  The food was prepared nicely and the food was very tasty…..from the egg omelette with mushrooms and shrimps to the Steak sirloin that was both cooked perfectly and very, very tender.  So why didn’t I enjoy myself?  There’s the first hour we sat there without menus waiting to be assisted.  I keep forgetting that when a restaurant here opens at a certain hour, that does not mean food is ready to be cooked.  So a 12 noon opening for the day really means the time the employees start to show up and set up shop.  2 hours later, we are finally enjoying our meals.  It only takes another 45mins to order desserts after our meals and another half hour to settle the bill.  I jokingly said to the Mrs., “I feel like a prisoner here.”

HOW LUNCHES AND DINNERS WERE IN CONTRAST:  This experience completely made me homesick for the days of living in Japan.  From being seated and supplied menus by the hostess, to the service buttons at the tables for instant service.  Once the last of our order was delivered to us, the cylindrical acrylic tube on the table was where our waiter/waitress left our bill.  We could then bring that up to the counter to pay and we were done.  Fast, efficient, and at our own pace.  Even with the language barrier, somehow, this sweet system got us in and out, happy and satisfied as fast or as slow as we wanted.  The food was always excellent and it was cooked and served in a timely manner.  The Japanese definitely got the customer service side of things completely figured out.

During the homework portion of my afternoon, I ran into another video of something I must do sometime in the future.  The VLOGGER has a youtube channel called, “Eric Meal Time”.  In the video I watched, it was pretty much a crab themed multi-course meal.  I believe they have a location in Tokyo and that makes for an easy day trip from Yokosuka, where we used to live.

Can’t wait to return to the Land of the Rising Sun for some true customer service experiences and great food, culture, and people.

https://douraku.co.jp/

KANI DOURAKU – in Tokyo, Shinjuku ***Also available in other Japanese Regions

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kani+Douraku+Shinjuku+eki+mae+(Shinjuku+station+shop)/@35.6911753,139.6998891,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x60188cda6db00001:0x5def5f5ca615646!8m2!3d35.6911753!4d139.7020831?hl=en

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$148 Tokyo Lunch???

So I didn’t do much to the website yet, but I plan on getting to that soon.  Got busy with daily life.

Kids are home from school and I popped youtube on the big screen.  Kiddos see a preview of a piece of salmon being cooked teppanyaki style.  So I click it and was intrigued.  Didn’t see the title yet but they asked if we could go next time we’re in Japan and I said a definite, YES!

So then I notice the title and I’m like, wahhhhh????  Translated into Japanese….”Ehhhhhh????”

So here it is.  A possible future Bucket List item.

UKAI-TEI in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

Website: http://www.ukai.co.jp/english/ginza/

Menu: http://www.ukai.co.jp/ginza/pdf/ginza_menu.pdf

GOOGLE MAPS:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ginza+Ukai+Tei/@35.6659027,139.7529066,14z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sukai+tei!3m4!1s0x60188be0f0057f7f:0x860544467910fbde!8m2!3d35.6680494!4d139.7670808?hl=en

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First blog post

First of all, what a shocker!  I never knew I’d ever own a domain name that was kinda catchy sounding and mainstream.  Now I have to figure out what I’m gonna do with it.

This is a first for me so bear with me as I slowly figure out how to do things and present some useful information.

Busy day, so not able to spend much time on this today, but you can bet I’ll be gearing up and posting more and more as time goes by.  To my Japan friends, thanks for following this site.

OK THEN, here we go!!!!!!!!