Travels: Seoul, Korea

Seoul, Korea

The last leg of our trip was South Korea. We stayed in the infamous area known as Gangnam. Despite the songs popularity in America, I did not hear it once and that’s probably a good thing.

Food stall in South Korea A lot of food stalls in Korea are under a clear tent.

A man selling shoes in the street market Shoe store at the street market

Empty train in Korea

Bukchon Village, South Korea Bukchon Village – This neighborhood was really interesting, I liked all the old houses and small narrow alleys.

Changgyeongung temple Changgyeongung Palace

Changgyeongung Palace

Changgyeongung Palace

Noryangjin Fish Market Noryangjin Fish Market – You can buy the seafood in the market and take it to a restaurant upstairs and they’ll cook it for you.

A man reading the news at Noryangjin Fish Market Reading the news

Food craze in Korea - Fried Potato Skewers New food craze in Korea – Fried Potato Skewers

View of Gangnam Our hotel view of Gangnam

Cheonggyecheon Stream Cheonggyecheon Stream

National Museum of Korea National Museum of Korea

A man on train in Korea

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Travels: Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Japan

Located from a 2 1/2 hour ride on the bullet train from Tokyo is Kyoto, the next stop on our trip in Japan. The streets are lined with old houses which are well kempt, each one with their own sense of character and style. The mix of old wood, ceramic tiles, bricks and colors make this city an amazing place to photograph and explore.

Train attendants from the Shinkansen train line in Japan Train attendants from the Shinkansen train line

Blue colored building in Kyoto, Japan

Small packed bicycle shop in KyotoSmall packed bicycle shop in Kyoto

Gion District, Kyoto

Gion is the definition of a place frozen in time, in a good way. The small district is located in Kyoto and houses the largest number of Geishas also known as Geikos. Their pretty rare to see and when you do happen to spot one, they usually move pretty quickly to avoid tourists and photographers.

The streets in Gion are very narrow and the restaurants can easily be overlooked. Their usually indicated by a small red lamp or a minimal glowing sign. If you want to learn and see all the traditional Japanese arts, there’s a show called Gion Corner. However, in my opinion it seemed like it was made just for tourists. I guess it’s like saying Little Italy has amazing Italian food.

Geisha in Gion I didn’t want to chase down and bother her, but I wish I would have gotten a slightly cleaner shot.

Streets are pretty narrow in Gion
Narrow streets in Gion

Old houses in Gion District of Kyoto

A guy riding his bike down the streets of kyoto

A geisha strolling by in the Gion District
A Geiko walking to her next appointment

Nara park in Kyoto
Deers are everywhere at Nara Park

Rainy day in Kyoto
Kyoto Tower on a rainy day

Nishiki Fish Market
Nishiki Fish Market

Train Conductor in Japan
Train Conductor

Kikokuso Inn
We stayed at a Ryokan called Kikokuso Inn. A bit pricey but if you can scrape up a little extra I highly recommend it. The experience is once in a lifetime and the staff is ridiculously nice and helpful.

Kikokuso Inn
Our room was very traditional and we slept on tatami-mats.

Inari Shrie, the location of the filming Memories of a Geisha
Fushimi Inari is seen in the film Memories of Geisha

A man praying at Fushimi Inari Shrine

Don’t forget to check out the first half of our trip in Tokyo and, for other travel photos you can view them here.

Travels: Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

In the month of February I was fortunate enough to take 3 1/2 weeks off for my honeymoon. We traveled to Taiwan, Japan and Korea. I’ve always wanted to visit Japan so I was excited to finally get the chance. We stayed in Tokyo for about 9 days before heading to Kyoto for another 4. Below are photos from places just in Tokyo.

During our trip, the snow seemed to have followed us from New York. The city received the most amount of snow since 1998.

Most snow in Tokyo since 1998
Snow on the streets of Shibuya

tokyo-snow-train

Tsujiki Fish Market

One of my favorite places in Tokyo was the Tsukiji Fish Market. Most restaurants open around 5- 5:30am and if your planning on going, most likely your going to have to queue up in line regardless what time it is.

Our original plan was to eat at Sushi Dai, however the one day we decided to go there they were closed for some random reason. Instead we went next door to the Sushi Daiwa, another famous joint at the fish market. We woke up around 3am to head over and by 4:30 there was already a line forming outside the restaurant.

These carts are used to transport the seafood to the restaurants and vendors. These carts are used to transport the seafood to the restaurants and vendors.

A chef preparing for work in the early hours
4:30 am – Chefs and cooks preparing for work in the early hours

Cooks prepping for the day

Chef at Sushi Daiwa, one of the most popular restaurants at the Tsujiki Fish Market
Chef at Sushi Daiwa, one of the most popular restaurants at the Tsujiki Fish Market.

Fatty Tuna Nigiri
Fatty Tuna

Nigiri at Sushi Daiwa
I don’t quite remember what this was but it was damn good.

The attention to detail that people apply to everyday things is incredible. It’s very obvious people really care about what they do and how they present it.

A women in deep thought at Meji Shrine A women in deep thought at Meji Shrine

Traditional wedding attire for Japanese Brides
Traditional wedding attire for Japanese Brides

Hand Pulling the Soba Noodles in Ramen Alley, TokyoHand Pulling the Soba Noodles in Ramen Alley

A small restaurant in Yakitori AlleyA small restaurant in Yakitori Alley

Skyline of city taken from the Tokyo SkytreeSkyline of the city taken from the Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Sensoji Temple
Sensoji Temple

Streets of HarajukuStreets of Harajuku

Sake Barrels at Meiji Shrine
Sake Barrels at Meiji Shrine

Ichiran Ramen in Tokyo
If you want great ramen check out Ichiran Ramen. You preorder and pay at the front of the shop and they give you a little token. Then your taken to your own little cubicle-like table where your food is served through the bamboo drape in front of you.

There’s rumors that they are opening a chain in NYC this summer. I’m not sure if the experience will be the same but the ramen should be just as good.

Business Men chowing down in Ramen Alley
Salarymen chowing down in Ramen Alley

For more images you can view them on my Photography site. Also, check our Part II of our trip in Japan showcasing Kyoto.

New Work: Audi CES

Audi CES 2014 Website

Audi CES 2014

Audi CES

Audi CES 2014

Recently I had the opportunity to work with some old friends at Red Paper Heart on a fun little project for Audi. Inspired by Lenticular tiles, the site works by revealing content from your webcam capturing your head movement or by tiling your phone if your viewing from a mobile device. Leaning or tilting right and left will reveal different types of content.

I’ll post a more in-depth look and photos on my site when I get a chance but for now feel free to check out Audi CES.

Happy New Years

Sorry for slacking a little bit on the blog so far, but I hope everyone had a great New Years. Here’s some photos from around Christmas and New Years.

NYC Blizzard
The Nor’eastern in Brooklyn

Chinatown NYC
For Christmas, we took a page out of The Christmas Story and ate Duck for dinner

Balloon Man in the Subway
A guy selling Santa face balloons, Brooklyn

Wall Street
Wall Street

Wall Street Protest
A group of tourist and 2 performers on Wall Street

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn on Mott Street