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Japan Through Five Eyes

First and foremost, our thoughts are with everyone in Japan right now affected by the earthquake. Having grown to love the place in our five weeks there, it is especially heartbreaking to see the devastation. It is an amazing country that you should definitely visit if you ever get the chance.

This is the first video in a series highlighting our fifteen-months across the Pacific. It’s 14 minutes long so get comfortable, grab a beer and watch it fullscreen if your bandwidth allows! Turning off HD will make for a faster load. Enjoy!


21 responses

  1. Jess

    What great storytellers! I love watching your travels so wonderfully documented! Keep having more and more fun! Miss you! <3<3<3

    March 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  2. Sam

    Everything I had hoped for and more. I love it.

    Sunny beaches sound great after dealing with those pesky meters of snow.

    March 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  3. Lauren LaDuke

    Steph and Nate-
    The video is amazing!!!!! Happy you are both safe and miss you!

    March 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

  4. Laurie

    Hey Steph and Nate, It was so good to “see” you and the video was amazing. Glad you are enjoying yourselves and you are safe and sound. Love you and miss you tons.

    March 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm

  5. Dad

    Thanks for the face shots of my girl Nate and your pretty cute yourself! Great ski scenes and we look forward to the tropical video next. Love and miss you both……………..

    March 15, 2011 at 12:57 am

  6. Excellent video, if someone hasn’t told you already. You really have something here. That was beautifully edited and put together. Should be submitted to the festivals and travel channels. Nice work.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    • always good to hear one more time after putting all the work into it. thank you!

      March 16, 2011 at 3:45 am

  7. yamatoby

    sugoi! thanks for sharing. it was a nice reprieve from the current madness just 400 miles south of us. keep in touch, my friends. looking forward to more updates.

    March 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  8. Steph & Nate, we love following fellow world traveling couples. Love the video! Looking forward to the next installment. Thanks Toby for putting us in touch.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

  9. Jesse Littlefield

    Amazing video! So professional!

    March 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

  10. P&L

    Umai. Lovely cinematography and the musical selections are perfect. So nicely done & a treat to see a glimpse of our good brother YamaToby. Can you share what camera & editing software you use?

    March 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    • thank you! we used a Canon 7D, great camera for photos and video as well. and it was all edited in Final Cut Pro.

      March 22, 2011 at 12:28 am

    • sorry for the extra late response…if you’re still curious, its we use a Canon 7D camera and edit in Final Cut Pro.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

  11. Rich Bailey

    Great! We are Tokyo friends of Toby and Maiko up in Hokkaido. We love your video – we’ve been up there two summers in a row – now we have to go in winter, thanks to your excellent video.

    As other comments said, thanks for helping us keep all the good of Japan in our hearts and minds in these difficult times.

    Good luck on your future adventures!

    Rich and Joan

    PS If you ever need a place to stay, please feel free to ask. Friends of Toby’s are friends of ours…

    March 20, 2011 at 5:20 am

    • thank you, Rich. we absolutely loved Hokkaido, and would love to make it in the summer as well. like i said in the video, it reminded us a lot of our home, which is always nice when you’re across the world!

      March 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

  12. Adam Patten

    Amazing video, I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the rest of the series as well. Keep up the good work

    March 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    • thank you Adam. we’re working hard on the Southeast Asia version now, the video should be done in a month or so. cheers

      March 22, 2011 at 12:33 am

  13. Maz

    Kia ora!
    Wonderful film which we really enjoyed. Made me want to go to Japan even more badly. Quietly jealous of Vermont, too :o)
    A question; What was the name of that place/onsen you stayed at in Daisetzusan?
    See you in NZ this winter?

    April 25, 2011 at 12:34 am

    • Hakuginso onsen. An amazingly beautiful and quiet place, i’d highly recommend.

      And yes, NZ in August, if we have enough money to get there! Time to get to work in Australia!

      April 25, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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