The Wall

There are several different meanings to the term “The Wall”:

  • The point in a marathon when your body has depleted it’s glycogen reserves (runs out of fuel) and begins to use fat reserves as a fuel source
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • “A rock opera presented as a double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979.”  – Wikipedia
  • A place in Facebook where people can post a message
  • Something everyone feels like banging their head against from time to time  🙂
  • Or simply…an actual wall

***Check back in a few days to see the blog “break through the wall” and reveal something new!!***

I wonder what it could be!?


Skyscrapers in Shinjuku

The first 2 photos are the Shinjuku Mitsui Building.

The last 3 photos were taken at different times and all of the buildings are part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Tokyo City Hall).  The buildings are most often referred to as “Tochō” or “Tax Tower”.

The first building is called “Main Building No. 1”.  According to Wikipedia, Architect Kenzo Tange designed the building to look like a computer chip.  This is the 2nd tallest building in Tokyo (and 7th tallest in Japan) with 48 floors.

Friday Flowers

Happy Easter!

Wishing all of our friends and family a very Happy Easter!

Enjoy a few more photos of the beautiful cherry blossoms in our neighborhood…

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Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo

Spring has officially arrived in Tokyo!  The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and they look beautiful!

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Thank you Melissa and Gary!!

On Sunday, Shawn and I took a break from our studies and walked around the Photo Imaging Expo in Tokyo. Thanks to the power of social networking, we were able to meet and enjoy lunch with the dynamic duo of Gary Fong and Melissa Carl. Gary is an incredible entrepreneur and slightly well-known in the photography community. My write up will not do him justice, so I encourage you to read up on Gary for yourself and check out the business website – Gary Fong Inc.

Gary and Melissa were in Japan for the initial launch of Gary’s products to the Japan market. (There is no doubt their products will be well-received in Japan!) We had a great time getting a peak inside their creative minds, as well as listening to their stories on how impressed they are with everything in Japan. We can’t say enough about how down-to-earth and hilarious they are! Maybe it’s the ‘midwest connection’ that Melissa, Shawn and I share. 🙂 Their energy is contagious and we walked away feeling so inspired!!

Melissa & Gary – We honestly can’t thank you enough for your time. This was an experience we will definitely not forget! (Can you say “C-o-l-l-a-p-s-i-b-l-e”?)  We look forward to following the success of your business and meeting up with you on your next trip to Japan.

Arigato gozaimaus!!

# 21 and 22  🙂

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Abby + Jason

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance in Tokyo!  The birds are chirping outside our window, the sun is rising earlier in the morning, and the cherry blossoms are just about ready to bloom.  Even though we are in living in a busy city of millions, there always seems to be a refreshing buzz of new life and energy that fills the air this time of year.

Our friends Abby and Jason are preparing for the addition of a new life of their own!  They are patiently awaiting the birth of their first child!

When Abby asked if I would capture a few pregnancy pictures, I was honored, excited and nervous.  So many thoughts rattled through my mind.  “I’ve never done this before…I’m not a pro…I’m excited to practice, but what settings do I use…how do I make Abby & Jason feel comfortable…what if the photos don’t turn out…ahh…overload!”

Shawn is too familiar with me over-analyzing things, so he simply said to me, “Just have fun.”  Perfect advice…and that is just what we did.  A few weeks ago, I met Abby, Jason, and their ‘baby-to-be’  at the Meiji Shrine for an afternoon (of fun) in the sun.

Doesn’t Abby look totally radiant!?


Best.hat.ever!  🙂

I love how peaceful Abby and Jason look in these photos.  It’s a perfect reflection of their strong faith and beautiful marriage.

Abby & Jason – Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture memories of this exciting time in your lives.  Shawn and I look forward to meeting the new life that you will introduce to the world!

I have so much to learn about photography, but I am excited with the results of this new experience!  I can’t wait to practice even more!  Does anyone want to be a ‘model’?  🙂