Author: Kangaeroo

Dino Might!

Perhaps not surprisingly in a land ruled by middle-aged and elderly blokes and the fax still a crucial communication tool, mightily impressive dinosaurs have taken over a part of Japan not far from Tokyo.

And despite being equipped with apparently razor-sharp fangs, the dinosaurs in question are actually toothless.

They’re part of an amazing display at the Izu Granpal Amusement Park.

The park is located in Izukogen, a town about 100 km southwest of central Tokyo.

And the dinosaurs are part of an illumination display presented with a Cool Japan Matching Award.

Both the dinosaurs and the illumination display were absolutely fabulous!

In clear weather, it’s also possible to ride a flying fox (zipline) over the illumination display on the park.

Getting to the park takes a couple of hours by train, but highly worthwhile, with plenty more to see in the Izukogen area, a thriving little town gaining wider exposure with the increase in inbound tourism over the past handful of years.

Self-Portraits

Kangaeroo was once an almost ubiquitous presence on the Internet.

That was, of course, back in the days before the likes of Facebook, Twitter and other social media dominated online viewing.

Even blogs were in their infancy and Google still provided results for terms that people searched for and not for the highest payers.

But that all changed.

Decades have passed since Kangaeroo posted a portrait online.

But that has changed with this post.

These are photos of Kangaeroo now.

Definitely wasn’t worth waiting for!

Not that I think anybody actually waited….

Fly Me To The Moon

Buggered if I know what to write for this entry.

Got to head out to a farm near New Tokyo International Airport, better known as Narita Airport, and was fortunate enough to see a number of planes passing by the moon on a glorious winter afternoon.

Not really a plane fancier, but felt the images were quite nice with the moon as a backdrop.

The ANA plane in the photo had a special livery that made it look like a turtle.

A glorious sunset topped off the day.

Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away

Horse-riding is an integral part of living for many in country Australia, where Kangaeroo spent the formative years of life.

Incredibly, in spite of this, and despite a landmass 26 times greater and population only about 1/6th the size, Australian horse riding services are generally far more expensive than their Japanese counterparts.

Provided you’re happy enough riding in a relatively confined space, it’s unbelievably accessible to ride horses in Japan, financially and in terms of getting to places to ride.

Moreover, there’s far less red tape involved in riding in Japan, where helmets, high-viz and other rigmarole are not mandatory as they are in the Aussie nanny state.

Kangaeroo’s days of regular horse riding are long gone, but that doesn’t make him a “neigh-sayer” when it comes to Japanese gee-gees.

Compliment Courage!

Boosted by a blessing, inspired to take more photos and now hoping not to be a pretentious dick

On a bleak and wintry December morning with conditions ideal for moaning and a terrible start to the day, Kangaeroo got a boost with an unexpected plug for the site’s photos.

Coming totally out of the blue, it was a sheer delight and anything else that happened in the day suddenly became irrelevant.

But more was to come. The praise led to an unexpected connection.

And a reminder that the darkest part of the day is always immediately before the dawn. I know what it’s like and we’re never alone, even if it feels that way.

Deeply grateful for some of life’s blessings….now just wish that could be reproduced in these bloody photos!

San-poses!

More Shots Snapped During a Lunchtime Stroll

Late autumn/early winter can be a wonderful time in Japan.

The typhoons of the early to mid-autumn are gone and the rain stays away for most of the time until June of the following year.

(Leaving aside the fact that October and late November were wet and sodden this year).

The bitter cold of winter doesn’t really show itself all day until after the new year, and days are generally bright and sunny.

Added to that, the fiery reds and yellows of autumnal leaves can create some gorgeous scenes, even in central Tokyo.

Some shots Kanageroo snapped during a lunchtime stroll are here for your perusal.

Sanpo Snapshots

Sanpo (散歩), the Japanese word for a stroll, makes for a wonderful opportunity to get a snapshot of life…and snapshots in general.

Here’s some of the things Kangaeroo spotted during a recent constitutional.