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Who is Victor at Frame of Travel and what motivates him to photograph his journey through Japan
Victor Gonzalez, Frame of Travel Photographer
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About Victor

Victor Gonzalez

Travel Photographer, Jack-of-All-Trades, and Pokemon Master
The Soho at Odaiba Japan
Striking a pose in the Soho at Odaiba

Born and raised in California, I am a Mexican-American that moved out to Japan way back in 2012 and instantly fell in love. So much so, that I made up my mind then and there that I will live out the rest of my life in my new home.

Cheesy, I know, but the major deciding factor in making Japan my new home came from my newfound obsession with exploring when I first arrived.

You see, back in California, if you wanted to travel, you had to drive through hours and hours of traffic just to get to any of the local areas. If you wanted to see some great views though, you had to plan an overnight trip.

Here in Japan, you can easily pop on a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and be just about anywhere in the country within 3 or so hours.

Imagine that! Leave early morning for Osaka from Tokyo, hang out with friends or attend a concert, and then leave at night and still make it back home before the last train.

If that isn’t convenience, I don’t know what is.

So… that still doesn’t tell me “why” you love Japan?

Climbing Mt. Fuji in 2014
Halfway up Mt. Fuji from my Sea to Summit 2014 Climb

Ok, Ok, you’re right, but the convenience of being able to travel to temples, shrines, peaks of mountains, and back within a day just blew my mind and inspired a bit of wanderlust to be honest.

You see, back at home I never visited the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Redwood Forest, etc. etc.

It’s too far and annoying to drive there.” I always said to myself.

But here in Japan, I can easily fall asleep on a train, play some Pokémon, or work on editing pictures. That is what motivated me to start exploring.

What kind of “Exploring” have you done?

A LOT.

Climbing Mt. Fuji in 2016
Reaching the top of Mt. Fuji from my Sea to Summit 2016 Climb

During my 7 years here I have done the following:

  • Climbed Mt. Fuji 8 Times
    • 7 of which have been from Sea to Summit
  • Visited 40 out of the 47 Prefectures
  • Written over 500 Articles for various Japan Travel related websites
  • Shot thousands of pictures for Japan Travel related websites
  • Covered almost a hundred cultural events, festivals, and experiences throughout Japan
  • Visited the Nihon Sankei
    • Amanohashidate
    • Miyajima
    • Matsushima

So yeah… I love going out and exploring as much as I can in Japan.

Weird flex… but OK.

I guess, but hey, if you wanna check out what I’ve accomplished and done, and follow what I will do in the future, then give me a follow on my Twitter account at @frameoftravel and on my Instagram account where I post pictures of my adventures throughout Japan daily.

Cheers, and thanks for taking the time to read