I don't do much travel, but this week I just got back from 10 days spent in Japan. I started in Tokyo and ended up in Kyoto, where my wife and I did a lot of walking around and taking in the sights (and food). I of course shot photos. The photos below are presented in chronological order. If you'd like to see all of the photos I've processed from the trip, I've got a Flickr album here. A few notes on equipment: I brought with me an Olympus E-M5ii and a handful of my favorite prime lenses. I also brought the Panasonic 12-32/3.5-5.6, which I got with a recent GM5 purchase but haven't used much. I brought it because it's so small "why not?" and thought it may come in handy. I ended up using it way more than I thought I would. Really discovered how good a lens it is, and would have used it even more if I'd brought a polarizer that fits it. Otherwise, I used mostly the Olympus 25/1.8 and an OM 100/2.8 because I could leave polarizers on the front of them and swap between the two for most shots. We got to Tokyo at 5:00 am on a Sunday. We went everywhere by train, which is quite easy in Japan -- everything is well connected, and Google Maps gives perfect routes. At 5:00 am, the station was still relatively lively, but not packed. We stayed in an area of Tokyo called Shibuya. It's a busy area with a labyrinthine set of alleys tucked away from the busy stuff, bustling with life at all hours. I could walk these alleys for years with my camera, but only had a few days. What's really cool about shooting this area is that you can find an interesting scene, frame a shot, and wait a few seconds for something or someone to pass through the frame and make it a better shot. It's not just inevitable that someone will stroll into the frame, it is going to happen within a minute. Or less. We spent a day walking around Harajuku, an eclectic neighborhood of kitschy souvenir shops, young Japanese fashion, and some high-end hip stuff. Somehow I managed to spend no money here except on food. The next day, we visited Tsukiji and the fish market there. It's very crowded, probably worth seeing, but most notable for all of the street food vendors selling cheap seafood snacks on sticks. It was fun walking around with a pocket full of 100 yen coins and exchanging with vendors for unrecognizable (but delicious) food bites. The one photo of the grinning vendor above I thought would be a candid, until I looked up from my camera and saw the man making a great photo for me. That same day, we trained over to Akihabara to check out the location that, when I was a child, was the Mecca of all my hobbies. I'm not as into video games and anime these days, but it was still a sight to behold. I got in a game of Mario Kart with the wife at the sit-down arcade. We checked out the nearby Yodobashi Akiba, a damn massive electronics store with more cameras packed on one floor than the total of camera gear I've ever seen in US shops. Yodobashi has everything new, and it was fun handling all of the cameras I've read about online but never experienced in person. Handled all of the Fujis, the Sonys, and even picked up some Nikon DSLRs to find out if they're still too large for me (they are!). This experience really settled a lot of GAS -- the Fujis are nice, but the dials are super busy, the Sony A7s are even uglier in person, and the Micro 4/3 gear really seemed the best compromise of size and quality. The build materials on the top Olympus cameras stands out in that setting, you only touch metal parts, which can't be said for pretty much everything else. Even the Fujis have some plastic dials. We trained back to our apartment, and the station was beautifully lit. I had to snap a few candids.