Group photo!

Photo. Cameras and more photos. Go to any tourist hot spot here in New Zealand and you'll see visitors to our country taking photos. As locals we might think it's overkill. Until you do it yourself!

Perhaps social media has now made us more eager to snap away!

Recently I've heard a great piece of advice a couple of times recently. "Put the camera down, put your phone down and soak it up through your own eyes."

I'm glad I did.

Admittedly it's just 4 days back in New Zealand now, though the moments I remember the most vividly are those where I did in fact forget about my camera and phone.

So picture a serene hillside lake surrounded by what seem like a hundred well kept semi-bonsai trees, acres of dense bush folding over the lush hills around us and fish calmly meandering around the lake that enshrines a beautifully kept golden building...

Just for you, here is my favourite group shot taken at Kinkaku-ji Temple of "the temple of the golden pavilion" in Kyoto.

Taking some time to appreciate the special places around us in Japan.  

Taking some time to appreciate the special places around us in Japan.
 

BY JAMES LAMB, HMHFT SECRETARY