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Omg! I can't even believe it.... CHERRY BLOSSOMS! 🌸🌸🌸 So I have a friend in Japan, you might have heard of him @moonlightice 😱, and he doesn't speak much English and I speak no Japanese but we hang out anyway. He suggested, via a message translated in google, that we should go to Kawazu to see the early start to the Cherry Blossom season. At first I was kind of skeptical, it was my last day in Japan and I had a million things I wanted to do in Tokyo (go to a Hedgehog cafe, get a fairy floss bigger than my head etc) but I decided Masaya must know what he was talking about and we travelled two hours by train to Kawazu, spent two hours with the cherry blossoms and then two hours back to Tokyo for me to catch my connection to the airport! Was it worth it? Yes! Do I need to go back to Japan to go to a hedgehog cafe? Yes! Make it happen @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan 🌸🌸❀️🌸🌸

I've already posted one shot of the red crested cranes in the Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary Hokkaido but I had a few favorites to share. I went in to shoot here knowing absolutely nothing about the animals or their behaviors but it's easy to identify some habits after watching for a time. I often saw two at once calling out at the same time and their breath would catch in the air, I though it looked awesome. @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

I'm having a field day today with all my Japan shots, this is the last one I promise! (For the day though, I still have cherry blossom shots up my sleeve 😱🌸) This is the final shot I'm sharing from Lake Kussharo and it's a sunrise selfie. It was a bit of a jog to run into the shot in time and I actually wanted to be centered but sat my butt on the wrong post, haha. I'm like the worst photographer ever! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. We drove from Abashiri (where I took the iceberg/ beach shot) up through the frozen trees road and then to Lake Kussharo and finally Lake Mashu. Then it was only 20km to my hotel. Highly recommended Japanese road trip! @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

I wasn't sure about posting this shot because I had such flat light but the experience was so incredible I had to share it. This is an ice breaker! 😱😱😱 It's a ship that breaks ice and I don't know any of the technical terms but that big metal doobie underneath just churns through it. The name of the ship is 'Garinko-Go' and this was the one experience where I saw a lot of tourists, in other parts of Hokkaido I almost had the entire place to myself. It's about a one hour cruise and a really fun experience, my first time on ice water in a ship. @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

Good morning Australia! Don't forget that Japan Tourism have a big campaign running at the moment and you can win a trip to Japan, perhaps to retrace my steps! The link is up in my profile and it's super easy to enter, you've probably seen a million people entering on my feed already. Haha. This is another shot from my incredible sunset at Lake Mashu and I took this photo at 600mm, very very zoomed in. Although the sky didn't light up completely the rays and after glow made for some really beautiful photography. @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

Believe it or not I did manage to get some landscape shooting in in Japan and finally the skies started to behave for me, those that know me know I get approximately 3 good sunrises a year. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ This is Lake Mashu and we came here for sunrise before going to see the cranes. There is a big lookout and pull over area with the most stunning views over the mountains and frozen lake and this is also where all of those frozen trees are. It is heaven! @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

Omg, I am so excited to share this shot! Yes I've been keeping quite on this one haven't I? This is the Tsurui-Ito Tancho Sanctuary in Hokkaido and it was formed in 1987 by the wild bird society of Japan to protect red-crowned cranes. My driver pulled up and I literally walked to the fence line, pulled out my 300mm (equivalent 600mm) Olympus super zoom and sat on my butt taking photos until they told me I had to leave. Lol. These birds are hilarious, I will post a couple more if I can because they do the funniest things. One bird kept 'catching' a twig and flapping up into the air with it giving a big show. There were a LOT of photographers around but plenty of space for shooting. Make sure you google it for opening times if you go to Hokkaido but it is free. @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

New photos! I finally smashed through some editing and have some new favorite Japan shots to share. This was a tree lined road that we drove through on the way to Cape Notoro and the Sea of Okhotsk. On the way back out I asked if we could stop for a classic road selfie shot. As a lot of you know I hate taking photos of myself and will use just about anyone for a model to avoid it myself but I didn't think my older Japanese guide would love to be in my photos. Lol. I had to set up a pretty long timer for this one because the road was icy and I didn't relish running up the road and taking photos of myself on my butt. πŸ™Š @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

Omg, I've got so many more Japan shots edited now! Beware of an onslaught. Haha. Before anything else though, I wanted to share one my my favorite fox shots from Kita-Kitsune Bokujo fox village. I love their thick, soft, fluffy fur and I also love that they're kind of red heads like me. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan 🦊🦊🦊

This is Masu-ura beach in the city of Abashiri, Hokkaido. Originally this wasn't on my Japan schedule but my driver offered to take me to where the ice meets the sea and this was the place! I can't really describe what it feels like to be at the beach and walking in snow instead of sand. I wanted to get out onto some of the icebergs for a photo but had to be very careful not to stand on an unknown block of ice and sink, luckily others had been before me and I could see some footprints leading the way. I got some cool little mobile time-lapses of the ice rising and falling with the swell and probably spent at least an hour down here alone. Bliss! @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

I've just been looking through some of my Japan edits and I hope you all like dreamy blues because I photographed a lot of it. Until I get fully caught up and share my sunrises and cherry blossoms you'll have to enjoy these relaxing tones. Haha. So the other afternoon I went out on an ice breaker called the 'Garinko-Go' (shots to come) and outside the ferry terminal I found this! Not only is that an entire castle built from ice but the foreground of this shot is an ice SLIDE! A slippery slide MADE FROM ICE. I went on it twice. πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‚ @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan

I had to share this shot, I've always loved a good road shot but here you can also see my ride in the distance! That's right, I was getting around the most remote part of eastern Hokkaido in an old local taxi with the sweetest driver ... he even took me to a couple of spots not on my program. 😍 These are the same ice encrusted trees I shared a couple of posts ago but here they line the road for kilometers, it's a wonder I didn't make them stop the car a hundred times. I was told that there is moisture in the air here and that's what makes it freeze like this, does anyone have a better explanation? β„οΈπŸŒ²β„οΈ @VisitJapanAu #UnseenJapan