Photograph taken from above of maple trees underneath Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto © 2011 Jordan Harper. All rights reserved.

The Big Idea

On 28 July 2010, my girlfriend and I flew to Tokyo Narita airport in order to spend 28 days ambling around Japan during a ludicrously hot and humid summer.

I’d been planning the trip for as long as I can remember (needless to say that the eventual trip looked nothing like the one I planned as a naive fourteen year old) though I can’t quite recall from where my obsession with all things Japanese stems. It was clearly a pervasive enough obsession to imprint me with a burning desire to spend my 30th birthday there, despite the fact that it meant we travelled from mid-July to mid-August — the hottest and most unbearable time of year when anyone sensible looks to get out of the stifling humid heat and into a nice air-conditioned bar.

I took over two-thousand photographs in the month we spent in Japan and they largely remain lifeless, sat on my Macbook’s hard-drive gathering virtual dust. Some of them are — in my humble opinion — quite nice; some of them have an interesting story behind them and some of them make me look back wistfully at my first taste of Nihon.

So I’ve decided that I’m going to start sharing them by posting a photo each day, exactly one year on from the original date it was taken, along with some form of accompanying story that hopefully mean that this ends up as more than Just Another Photoblog.

I’m hoping these self-imposed restrictions will mean I try to pick more interesting shots, rather than just posting a parade of pictures of weird looking buildings, amazing landscapes and happy accidents. I’m hoping someone finds this interesting.

Please leave a comment if you feel so inclined, that’s what they’re for.

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