Operation Chiaki: Day 30, 31 and 32 (Tokyo Akihabara)

Well all good things must come to an end. Tomorrow I’ll be heading off back to Malaysia. This is only a small sample of what I’ve bought so far. Once I get back, I’ll do a full loot report 😛

What have I been doing?

I’ve been shopping around Akihabara for the past 3 days now! Looking for deals, bargains and some rare items. I would like to say I managed to get all the items I wanted but I would be lying. While I did find them but I didn’t buy them due to limited fund (that’s always the main problem isn’t it?), space and weight (I need to pack them carefully).

The situation would have been worse had I not EMS most of the heavy stuff back. Though that doesn’t mean I’m walking light. I still have quite a bit of weight to carry but then that’s what trolley bags are for, to be used to hold all the big stuff.

I also finally managed to find that Asuka figure! A beauty! pity I never found that Ryogi Shiki. Oh well, can't win 'em all.

Though I did go to a Japanese sword Exhibition in Tokyo, an interesting tour about Japanese swords on how they are made, use and everything about their design and history. I’ll blog more about that when I get back.

So what have I learned?

My final scene will always be like this.

  • Don’t keep kicking yourself
    I finally learned not to keep regretting over the choices or decisions I have made nor must I confirmed them with external approval. If it turns out all right, so be it. If it doesn’t well that brings me to the next lesson…..
  • Things happen, learn from them or better yet, take advantage of them
    Another important lesson is that every bad thing that happens doesn’t always means thing are over. Instead it allows you to look at it from a different angle and find something you wouldn’t have noticed before, this has happened to me many times during this one long month trip.
    Sometimes I would get lost while looking for something and instead of thinking it’s all gone down the drink, I have literally have stumbled into better situations than I would have had I found the original objectives. This has literally happened every time either shopping or on a hike.
  • Know thy self.
    You need to know who you are or what you are and what are you capable of doing. Don’t go into a situation knowing all about it but without knowing the most important thing, YOU.  If you know this well, then you’ll be able to improve yourself.
  • Not to be obsessed with what others think of me
    I think this has always been my biggest failing , afraid that people would not want to get along with me. At this point, I don’t care anymore. You don’t like me then too bad, your loss.

I know these lessons are rather cliche but having LEARNED them rather than just knowing they exist is an incredibly different thing all together. You have experiences associated with these lessons. But most people even with experiences for such situations don’t really learn these lessons but keep using what they know to help justify their current situation rather than face it and learn nothing from it.

Those are personal lessons, photography-wise though I’ve learned these.

  • Traveling light (1 body, 2 lenses) is totally awesome! Nothing is worse than feeling tired from all the weight even before shooting starts.
  • Not having a long zoom lens really makes you think about how to shoot. Since I didn’t have anything longer than 90mm, I really had to relay on either getting closer or try something else all together. It teaches you all your gears’ capabilities.
  • If you meet a guy who just talks about camera gears, just tell him one of his photos looks back focused. He’ll immediately leave you alone as he needs to go back to the hotel and spend the next few days finding out why his gear is back focused (at least that what I think he did since he left right away from such a beautiful day in the country side). I actually came across a guy who kept trying to justify his expensive gear purchase (Nikon 70-200mm VRII, the new one he bought from Yodobashi) by showing the pics taken with it (which to be honest was total crap. He kept zooming in to about 200% to show how sharp his photos are which doesn’t bloody matter if the shot sucks!).
  • Always check the weather forecast. No point going out when its raining or forecast to rain but don’t always believe the weather forecast 100%, just use it to plan a possible scenario. If the day looks good then go ahead with your plans or quickly readjust your them if you had no prior intention of going out then.

Also a note, a lot of pictures I've been using in my entries are taken from anime photo depositories which do not include enough if any artist info. If you spot a photo and you know who drew it, please let me know so I can amend the entry to credit their work to them.

What would have I have done differently
For starters, I should have brought less backup gear. Unless I was traveling to the Arctic poles or going somewhere where access to civilization was next to nil, I wouldn’t need so much backup gear.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t change a single thing. I’ve done what I wanted.

So with this, I conclude this operation. I’ll be posting up the scan of the film shots later.

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