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Japan Travel Photography: Uji Green Tea

Earlier in the year I was very privileged to join a press tour to Japan’s Uji area, in Nara prefecture. Uji is one of the premier locations for growing and refining green tea, especially matcha, which is said to be of the highest quality. I was excited to explore an area of Japan that I’ve only had the chance to superficially explore up until now. During the trip we were shown some of the oldest locations in Japan where tea leaves are still grown, as well as a variety of historical sites that denote areas where green tea was first introduced in Japan. The best part of course was visiting the remote terraced slopes where the tea leaves are grown en masse – the picturesque, fastidiously manicured hills are definitely a sight to be seen if you are into tea, photography or both, and they are definitely worth the effort to go the extra mile from the station. The other highlight of course, is tasting the matcha and wagashi (Japanese sweets) that are the product …


To those of you who’ve been wondering where I’ve been due to my lack of postings, I’ve been on holiday and have just gotten back into the swing of things.  I went to Aomori – quite possibly the dreariest city I’ve visited in Japan, and while there was a decided lack of excitement, there were plenty of photo opportunities to capture some great urban decay. Shot all this stuff straight to JPEG on my Nikon D700 and 24-70mm G with ISO6400 and little to no editing.  It gave me the look I wanted straight from the start, which was absolutely great.  I personally am very happy with this series and might even consider having an exhibition of it sometime in Tokyo somewhere.