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Pure Snow Seamlessly Covers a Quiet Village02/24/2017

GUNMA- In mid-February, plums are blooming in Tokyo. Yet, only a two-hour drive will take you to a completely different world of whiteness. This drone-shot photo looks like a scene from Hokkaido, but it isn’t. Snow in Showamura village, Gunma Prefect…



Japan Embroidery Makes Dance Costume Dazzle02/09/2017

TOKUSHIMA – This lustrous example of “nihon shishu,” or Japanese embroidery, is designed onto sapphire blue silk and is part of a belly dancing costume. Colorful patterns with a history are given to the kimono cloth. A designer in Tokushima Pre…



Early Cherry Blossoms Turn the Town Pink02/05/2017

SHIZUOKA – Cherry blossoms start blooming in early February in Kawazucho, Shizuoka Prefecture. Flowers come into bloom earlier here than in other regions and the pale pink color amuses us for a month or so. This town is well-known for its cherr…



Unique Designs Add Color to the Sumo Tradition01/24/2017

TOKYO – Before the match begins, sumo wrestlers go into the arena to line up and show their faces to the audience. This ritual is called “dohyo iri,” which simply means “entering the arena.” In the ritual, wrestlers wear colorful apron-like gar…



Itsukushimajinja Shrine Floats Above the Water01/20/2017

HIROSHIMA – This is said to be one of the most outstanding shrines in Japan. Itsukushijinja shrine is located in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The original structure was built in the 6th century and the above-the-sea construction was compl…



Roofs Receive Lumpish Snow in Shirakawamura01/09/2017

GIFU –Shirakawamura village, known as “Shirakawago,” is located northwest in Gifu Prefecture, five and half hours by car from Tokyo. The village is surrounded by precipitous mountains along the river. So much snow accumulates during winter in t…



May Your Wishes Come True in 2017!01/03/2017

YAMAGUCHI – Shrine gates continue for more than 100 meters on the cape that sticks out into the ocean in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Do you know how many gates the Motonosumiinari-jinja shrine has? It is believed that the gods of prosperous b…



Rising Sun Sparkles Over Yatsugatake Mountains12/31/2016

NAGANO – The 7-o’clock sunrise viewed from Haramura in Nagano Prefecture. This is the early morning landscape of Yatsugatake mountains, almost the dead center of the Japanese archipelago. Morning generally represents positivity in Japan. On Jan…



Parent & Child Stand Side-by-Side in Biei’s Snow12/12/2016

HOKKAIDO – A half an hour drive from Asahikawa, the center of Hokkaido, will take you to Bieicho village, one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. These two trees are called “Parent and Child.” There are many natural scenes like this in Bie…



“Crow Castle” at Matsumoto Shines on a Dark Night12/10/2016

NAGANO – The national treasure Matsumoto Castle is located in Matsumoto city, Nagano Prefecture. It was built in the 16th century, and it now boasts Japan’s oldest five-layer and sixth-floor wooden tower keep. Because of the ebony castle walls,…



Maple Leaf Coloration Epitomizes the Japanese Fall12/04/2016

CHIBA – The Japanese often go outside to enjoy the autumn foliage. This is called Momiji-gari, or “autumn foliage hunting.” November is the hunting season in the Kanto region around Tokyo. This photo was taken at Hondoji temple in Matsudo, Chib…



Hokkaido Sky Weaves Poems in Silence10/01/2016

HOKKAIDO – Autumn skies at sunset are wide open in Obihiro, Hokkaido. This ravishingly pretty scene helps us imagine that the skies are weaving clouds and colors making a poem without sounds.  You will hear nothing but the wind in the middle of…





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