During my stay in Japan I hooked up with Yuta Sakaguchi of Tokyo Daily Life. Tokyo Daily Life introduces attractive points of Japanese daily life to people all over the world! In this video Yuta (writer / creator) tells you all about what you’ll find their Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pages. This video is the first of four videos to be premiered on my blog featuring Tokyo Daily Life.
Whether you’re going to Tokyo for business or holiday you’ll need at lease one these apps to get around smoothly in the land of the rising sun.
5. iTranslate – iTranslate will record your speech in English and translate it into Japanese. This app comes handy when you’re having difficulty expressing yourself, for instants getting lost, needing help, or asking questions.
4. Tokyo+ (Rail Map) – If you’ve seen the Tokyo rail map you’ll understand how confusing it can be. With this app you can study the rail system with no Internet connection and with GPS support you can find the closest rail station close to you.
3. Circle – With circle you can find out what’s going on locally in the city using your GPS. With this app you’ll find out information like weather forecasts, big news, events and people in your area. Information is power!
2. Line – If you don’t have a phone service while in Japan you may want to check out this app. Now I’m not really into Emoji’s and stuff but if you want to message and call your new Japanese friends for free give that app a tap.
1. Your bank app – It doesn’t matter if you have HSBC or Bank of America either way you are going to need to know about your funds. I recommend knowing how much money you have in the bank account at all times. Foreign charges can and will sometimes sneak up on you and you don’t want to be unaware in emergency situations.
For those who follow me on closely know I am a huge fan of Japanese culture. There’s something about the bright lights, the business, and cultural differences that excite me. Today I will be traveling from Seattle to Tokyo for the second time and will be capturing the things I see through my new camera and lens.
Although I will be focusing on Tokyo I will be uploading videos on how to get around in Japan featuring tips and tricks. If you have any suggestions on things you would like me to cover let me know.
Video from my previous trip New years 2013: http://wp.me/p3971i-A4
You can call me an Olympus fan boy if you want but I really enjoy their cameras. I especially enjoy the AF (auto focus) and size of their micro 4/3 cameras, which are great for on the go and nonintrusive for private occasions. My previous camera the Olympus elp-5, was a joy to use and a great learner tool for prosumers transitioning into a pro DSLR.
My new camera the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has the same sensor as my previous but more beefed out features. Some of these features include a extra battery holder and weather sealed body for a more rugged build. Below I’ve pointed out some of OMD’s highlights.
Highlights of this camera:
- 16MP MOS Four Thirds format sensor
- Twin control dials
- New, ‘5-axis’ image stabilization
- Shoot at up to ISO 25,600
- Up to 9fps shooting (4.2 fps with continuous AF)
- Flipped out display touch screen
- Weather-sealed body
- 800×600 pixel (1.44M dot) LCD electronic viewfinder
Last week I had the pleasure of being involved with another Lions Ambition music video. Just case you don’t know about this energetic music group (Lions Ambition) they are a mix of hip-hop and rock. The unique sound has gained the band praise to be selected to open for National acts: (Ludacris, Shwayze), Colleges, Festivals, and awarded in multiple competitions. The band was selected to compete on: “America’s Got Talent” and has toured around the U.S. and parts of Canada.
In this short clip you’ll see previews of the new video and shots of my make up and costume process. The title for this music video is “Believe” and will be releasing early September 2013. I will be posting this video when it is released but until them visit their website for updates. Lions Ambition
My Second #SEANOUNS video is of a person named Brandon Foy AKA phnk. Brandon is an individual with a great story and a excellent sound. Check out this video to know how this musical artist works in his Seattle based studio and also about his inspirations.
Sound Coffee and Morsel is a new local eatery and coffee shop located in the University District of Seattle. Even though this “place” has only been around for a few months they’re already known for their delicious big biscuits, fresh ingredients and community atmosphere. For information about them check out their Facebook page or Instagram
Even though I’ve traveled around the world I still love Seattle. I love it so much I want to highlight fun Seattle people, places and things. Each artistic highlight will be displayed in a short minute or so youtube video.
If you would like to nominate a person, place or thing to be highlighted, please let me know before July 19th. If you have questions feel free to ask. Contact me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on twitter @AntonioCDSmith #SEANOUNS
Some thoughts on why I travel
Saint Augustine is quoted by saying, ” The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I feel there’s something about going traveling that changes you. When you travel to different places you are exposed to different ideas, concepts and ways doing things that might not be your own. After being exposed you might find this alternative ways of doing things might be better, thus changing your outlook and perspective on life. I believe a lot of cultural acceptance can be obtained by visiting other cultures and understanding why they do what they do.
The picture on top is a mural by JESSE HARRIS and was taken from my adventures in Toronto,ON.