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eXpedition – #AtoZChallenge


I like to think of myself as a world traveller, but there are only two places I regularly go – around my own province of Ontario, and Japan.

Yes, I know “expedition” doesn’t start with “X.” I cheat on this letter almost every year. It’s just the way I roll. Apparently also the way I roll is to post when I’m falling asleep, and this entry is no exception. So, tonight, I’m just going to post something really neat about my last trip to Tokyo.

If you were around for my 2014 trip, you might remember a video I posted: the traffic camera at the Shibuya intersection, made famous in the movies Lost in Translation and Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift among others.

Since I stayed a five-minute walk from the intersection last time I visited, I set up a “meeting” with my family at home. I emailed them early one morning, just before I left my hotel room, and had them watch the traffic camera. Although I walked around the intersection in almost every direction, only one screenshot was captured. This was me just before the lights changed–I walked directly across, towards the camera. Apparently it’s surprising that I didn’t hear Alex scream with excitement when Mom waved to him from across the other side of the globe.

I’m beside the lamp post in front of the yellow store front.

The only picture anyone took of me while I was in Japan was taken from 6,447 miles away. That’s one hell of a zoom lens. HA!

Here’s the traffic camera. It’s fun to watch:

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24 thoughts on “eXpedition – #AtoZChallenge

  1. The first time I ever used that crosswalk was on Halloween, caught in a swarm of costumed partygoers so densely packed that at one point I was literally lifted off my feet and carried along with them!


  2. Great idea, Linda! 🙂


  3. That isn’t the clearest photo I’ve ever seen, but sounds like it did the job at the time.
    Finding Eliza


  4. I like that they actually painted the diagonal crosswalk. Nice family photo 🙂


    • You do know I was alone, right? My family took the picture from my living room in Canada. 😛
      I took great delight in walking across where there were no crosswalk lines. I’m such a rebel. 😀

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      • Yes, I knew that, but it still seemed like a family photos of a sort.


        • I suppose it was, when you think about it. We were all looking at the same scenery at the same time. 😀 And it’s true that in that moment I didn’t feel alone — and not even just because people were looking at me funny because I was waving at the side of a building with no windows… 😉

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  5. That is such a great travel photo idea. So very cool


  6. Life’s strange with no hiding places any more.💜🖤


  7. What a cool idea though!!!


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