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Togakushi Shrine

To get up the mountain to where the upper Togakushi Shrine is located, you start by going down. This gentle descent after lunch makes for a pleasing start. We pass under a large Torii gate and after a few minutes walking, … Continue reading

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James Pond – Part Deux!

In a dramatic pursuit along the highways and byways of Japan, James Pond comes closer than ever to catching his nemesis “K”. Featuring footage from Tokyo Sky Tree, the film particularly showcases Nagano prefecture where it was shot on location … Continue reading

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James Pond

Special Agent 007ish, James Pond, is in Japan to hunt down his old nemesis, “K”. This silly, but really great fun to make, film was shot in and around Tokyo, Nagano countryside and Hakuba ski-resort in March this year. Everyone … Continue reading

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Shinkansen Trance

Anyone who’s ever travelled on the shinkansen, or bullet-train, in Japan knows what a mesmermising experience it can be. Zipping along at over 300 km/hr without the slightest rattle or shake, seats extremely spacious and comfortable, the food on-board delicious, … Continue reading

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Driving To The Onsen

A drive through the twisty roads in Nagano to a famously sulphuric onsen for the last dip of the year, on New Year’s Eve 2011. The short journey was made in a little Mazda scrum truck and the film captures … Continue reading

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Farm Tour in Suzaka

This film is a short tour of one of the Kobayashi apple orchards and onion patches near Suzaka in Nagano Prefecture. Narrated and led by Sachiko, it was filmed in January 2012, when the weather was sunny but very cold. … Continue reading

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Japan Trip 2011

This film was shot on my first trip to Japan in April/May 2011. All the footage was taken by my friend Diarmaid O’Culain and I edited it all together afterwords. It captures well our boyish excitement and bewilderment at such … Continue reading

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