My name is Dan Savage. I’m a multimedia artist, athlete, and filmmaker heading to Japan for what I hope will be the first of many 3 month adventures there in the coming years. I’ll be exploring, studying, podcasting, kayaking, snowboarding, mountain biking, photographing, writing, investing, and mostly… just trying to have fun.
Why 3 months at a time?
There are 2 reasons. First, that is the longest period of time a US citizen can conveniently remain in Japan per visit without a special visa. Secondly, that is about the longest period of time presently that I would want to be away from other obligations and creative pursuits in Colorado.
I expect to be behind the camera, not in front of it, for most of the photos featured in this “Living in Japan” photo journal. A visiting friend took this picture of me in my Colorado neighborhood recently, and I thought it would be a nice image for a first entry introducing myself and referencing the environment I’m leaving for Japan.
The photo was taken at Lake Dillon as a storm approached Summit County. I moved to the Rocky Mountains a few years ago to begin the development of my own little independent film project that will be shot here. More than any other place in the world now, Colorado feels like home to me.
I’ll be collecting GPS data as I take photos throughout Japan, so you’ll be able to see precise locations here on interactive maps beneath all the photos.
I have never been more connected or suited to a place than I am to the mountains of Colorado, but even since childhood I’ve been drawn to and intrigued by Japan. I hope this site is of interest to others who are fascinated by the culture, design, architecture, language, and people of Japan.
I’m extremely excited to have the chance to begin Living in Japan – 3 Months at a Time. You’re welcome to come along with me here at JapanPhotoJournal.com as well as listen to this site’s companion Japan soundseeing podcast recordings at SavageJapan.com. You can also hear the same Japan podcast recordings at the main Savage Snow podcast site that includes all the Japan content plus a few other adventures from Colorado and around the world. The complete podcast is available at SavageSnowPodcast.com. If you’re interested, my main site that links to most everything I’m doing online these days, including the Japan content, is SavageSnow.com.
Grab anywhere on map to scroll around precise spot where above photo was taken. Zoom in & out with buttons in left corner. To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.