View from the Shinkansen, Japan

Mt Fuji, Japan 2018

This is just an a photograph of Mt. Fuji from the shinkansen going to Kyoto from Tokyo. On the train, you catch a glinpse of it quite early and the train takes you closer and closer – until – you have this view. If you fly into or out of Narita airport, you also get a good view (I might post that view at some point). Looking at photographs on line, you can see that Mt. Fuji has a little cloud for a hat. It is bigger than it looks and commands its landscape, silently challenging.

I believe it is possible to climb Mt. Fuji at certain times of the year – and right now – I would really like to go there and give it a try.

Meeting Tuan Tuan, Taipei

Tuan Tuan, Taipei 2018

Charisma is there or it isn’t.

Tuan Tuan is the youngest panda at Taipei Zoo and as you can see is a charismatic fellow, sitting patiently while his many visitors coo and take his photograph. He even gave me a little eye contact. It feels slightly awkward when you realise something is looking at you. Most animals seem to ignore humans.

I think the first time I really noticed an animal looking at me was at Brighton Dolphinarium. I had gone there to see a show (for my sixth birthday I think) and as I walked past the front, I saw the a dolphin look back at me. When I think back on it, I imagine it was probably a pretty horrid palce to be a dolphin, but I have been fascinated with them ever since.