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Heavenly Autumn Leaves at Utopian Jojakkoji Temple10/21/2018

KYOTO – After a long and intense summer, the advent of autumn is seen at Jakkoji temple in Kyoto, Japan. When maple leaves turn into orange and yellow, autumn is right here. Kyoto has a lot of places where autumn leaves can be enjoyed. Among th…



The Comfort of Glass Art to Those Passing Through a Structure09/16/2018

KANAGAWA – Mari Noguchi’s Works of Architectural Glass Art Capture Ephemerality. Art sometimes presents us with unconventional ideas that strike in unexpected ways; sometimes it even enables us to access an old memory. Mari Noguchi, a pioneer o…



Symmetrical Sliding Doors Lure Natural Light09/01/2018

KANAGAWA – This methodical view was taken from inside the main building of Daiyuzan Saijoji temple in Kanagawa Prefecture. When the sliding doors are open, you can peep outward to catch fragments of green in the garden. This temple is known for…



Mr. Fuji Appears Unusually Modest in the Background07/29/2018

KANAGAWA – Can you see Mt. Fuji far in the distance? On a beautiful, sunny summer day, you can enjoy this landscape: the abundant green of trees, the blue of the lake and sky, and the snow-capped white of Mt. Fuji. Usually, Mt. Fuji steals the …



A Young Maple Leaf Makes a Detour07/10/2018

TOKYO – A ray of sunshine filtered through leaves caught the fresh green maple leaf on an early summer day at Rikugien garden in Tokyo. The leaf has fallen from the tree; it was supposed to go back to the earth, but it was accidentally caught o…



Angel’s Promenade Looms Out of the Sea on an Island.06/20/2018

KAGAWA – When the tide recedes, a long narrow road will emerge in the middle of the sea. This is the Angel Road, a romantic tourist site on Shodoshima island in Kagawa Prefecture. If you visit this place on a sunny day, this sand bank shines under th…



Water Under the Kappabashi Bridge05/26/2018

NAGANO – “Water under the bridge” is a beautiful English phrase meaning forgiveness. Here at Kamikochi in Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture, the water is as beautiful as the phrase under the Kappabashi bridge. A kappa is a Japanese mythological…



Skinny Red Poppies Enjoy Being Themselves05/20/2018

IBARAKI – Two tiny red poppies are looking up into the sky from an entirely-blue carpet of Nemophilas. At Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki Prefecture, the blue flowers are full bloom. From a distance it looks completely blue,…



Cherry Blossoms are Open in April’s Kenrokuen04/11/2018

ISHIKAWA – In April, the cherry blossoms are almost all gone in Tokyo. But in the Hokuriku District, located in northwest Japan, flowers are open until the end of April due to the region’s temperature and high humidity. Many tourists, from both…



Rising Bamboo Entertains Visitors in Memory of Busho10/06/2017

KYOTO – When we think of bamboo woods in Kyoto, the Arashiyama and Sagano districts are probably at the top of the list. However, Kodaiji Temple, shown in this photo, also boasts magnificent woods that entertain visitors with its tall green bamboo th…



Wind Chime’s Cute Sounds Bring Summer Reminiscence09/21/2017

NARA – Japan’s summer is almost over. When the temperature goes below 30 Celsius, we begin to feel that summer is ending. With the exception of only a few locations, such as Hokkaido or Karuizawa, summer in Japan is generally very humid, hot and unpl…



The Mood of the 18th-Century Streets Attract Visitors07/28/2017

CHIBA – There are several towns and streets that maintain the traditional feel of the Edo period of 17-19th century Japan. These places are known as Ko-Edo, meaning “Little Edo”, the old name for Tokyo. Sawara City of Chiba Prefecture recently …





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