Ok today we earned our "stoic photogs in the face of seriously manky weather" badges. Or "lunatics' badges" depending on your point of view. We were stood on the coast (photos 3 & 4) in a howling wind, horizontal snow & hail, 1 degree temp, with a wind chill of -11, either knee deep in snow or on a jetty being sprayed with freezing sea water, trying to capture the perfect wave... as you do.
I ended up lowering the tripod and kneeing as the wind was making the tripod shake.
I got pretty wet & extremely cold so while the rest of the crew went back to the Tori gate for sunset (yeah right - check out those clouds), I went back to the hotel and climbed into an onsen at a stonking 41 degrees. Bliss!
I seem to have an (unhealthy?) obsession with Japanese toilets... today's made me laugh out loud. So I walk into the restroom... I open the cubicle door and I kid you not... the loo seat lifts and a light comes on IN the loo! If we go back there tomorrow I'm going to video it coz I bet no one believes me - seriously bizarre & hilarious at the same time.
I discovered a truly beautiful, smooth sake last night, so smooth you wouldn't even know it was alcoholic - but a red is calling, so I'm off to get on the outside of a cheeky little Chilean cab sav.