TOKYO SUNRISE

This time of year, due to their refusing to implement daylight savings time, the sun rises in Japan around 5:30am and gets earlier and earlier. At it’s peak, the sun will come up at 4:40am. It does not matter how good your blackout blinds are – when you have a full on tropical sun shining down on you (Tokyo “feels like” 40-50C in July and August), you are waking up.

The sunrises are beautiful, but I do not miss 4:40am sunrises.

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4:22AM

The time the sun rises in Tokyo. For some unknown reason Japan does not believe in daylight savings time. In Japan’s semi-tropical climate, no black-out blind every made can stop that UV 14 sun.

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I wake up very early every day. I guess there are worse things in the world than sitting on the deck and enjoying a cappuccino to this sunrise.

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THIS IS WHAT HOT LOOKS LIKE

The last time I was in 50C+ heat was in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It was take your breath-away hot.

Last weekend the “feels like” temperature crossed the 50C boundary with the thermometer reading 45C and 45% humidity. This is what it looks like, earlier in the morning (I think the UV index is “instant burn”)

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Across the street they are building a high-rise. In the middle of the day, in peak heat, they were working away.

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I hope they are staying hydrated.

HANDHELD HDR OF A TOKYO SUNRISE

 

A colourful sunrise, via my Canon 5D Mark III shot using the internal HDR, handheld. I recently replaced my tripod, but grabbing it early in the morning is so much harder than simply shooting away. Canon has done a great job with the technology. Zero post processing.

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Through the bushes.

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A FEW TOKYO SKYLINE PHOTOS

 

.. continuing on the theme. Canon 5D Mark III with my 24-70mm lens.

A full moon over Tokyo.

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Sunrise off of a picture I love by Christos Palios.

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Sunset reflections on Tokyo.

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A cool sky that morning.

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A not so cool sky the morning of the big storm. Getting to the airport was a nightmare.

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But most often, Tokyo skies are clear. Especially this time of year. This weekend? 17C in February. Excellent.

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