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This is Saga which lies on the Western edge of Kyoto city. Actually, it's impossible to go any further west as this is where the city meets the mountains. This area of the city is known as a popular tourist attraction but not this part and that's precisely why I love it. A short distance from the tourist traps is this large area of farm land which from spring through to the end of summer is teeming with life. This scene shows golden rice fields that will likely be harvested in the coming days. What I particularly love though is the red spider lily that the Japanese call "higanbana" which translates as "equinox flower". They pop up around the rice fields at the time of the equinox and their toxicity keeps vermin away, but despite this they are extremely beautiful. I've been trying to capture the "perfect" higanbana shot for many years (as a click on the higanbana tag below will attest to) but it has so far eluded me. Perhaps next year...
The Kosei line runs from Kyoto up the West side of Lake Biwa and tends to feature this older, more basic style of train, even though some of them look brand new. They are noisy and bumpy. Perhaps they're cheaper and the lower passenger numbers on this route don't justify the expense of the modern style trains.
Nijō Castle is originally built in 1603 by Tokugawa Shogunate. It was used as an Imperial Villa after 1884. It is now owned by Kyoto City government and one of the World Heritage Site. It is open to the public, so you can enjoy the inside. This is the picture of the Southern Gate, which is now normally closed.
August 25, 2019 @二条城
This Japanese pub, or izakaya, we visited was having a special event, auctioning off cuts of a whole tuna, which were prepared in various ways for the winning customers - grilled, deep fried, sashimi, depending on the best way to prepare whatever you bid for. We won the grilled cheeks, which were lovely.
I silence my thoughts as it cries
come here, come here
talk to me, talk to me.
My eyes glimmer and
glance towards you, ready to
look away if you turn,
but you don't, you don't.
My lips they say: Just leave
I don't care, I don't care.
My heart, it hurts
because I do.
Within a mere 90 minutes of Ikebukuro station in Tokyo, it is surprising that photographers' and hikers' paradise Chichibu isn't discovered by more tourists yet. The rural town of Chichibu is located on a plateau surrounded by mountains and the train ride quickly gets very interesting once you have left the urban jungle that is Tokyo. Chichibu used to be well known and rich because of the silk production but never really recovered from the crash in raw silk prices during the early Meiji period.
The old man is 藤安将平, Shohei FUJIYASU, one of the few Japanese sword masters. Japanese sword, 刀 KATANA, is made through many processes. He is now forging the iron.
A smartphone game in which swords are anthropomorphized is popular among young women. A lot of game fans gathered to watch KATANA forging exhibition.
Look at the sparks ! Aren't they beautiful ? The master heats the iron in burning charcoal.
In Japan, the Golden Week is a series of four national holidays that take place within one week at the end of April to the beginning of May each year. It is often considered a time of vacation for the Japanese people, and many people receive time off from their secular employment on these bank holidays. Photo is taken in ancient capital Nara, where deers, living in the parks, are also happy about the company.
We have lots of temples in Kyoto. Many of them have beautiful gardens. Red, orange, yellow...we can enjoy autumn colors there. The view is not the only thing you can enjoy. Tea. The combination of autumn leaves and Japanese Matcha bring you great happiness.
Japanese style cheerleading.
March 20, 2017 @甲子園球場
One year is divided into 4 seasons, such as spring, summer, autumn, and winter. February 4th is the first day of the spring (Risshun 立春) in Japanese traditional calender. And the day before it, February 3rd, is called Setsubun 節分, season dividing day. On Setsubun 節分 day, so many events are held at many places, such as shrines or temples.
鬼 Oni is the symbol of evil spirit. 鬼 Oni appears in Setsubun events as a target who is beaten by people.
February 3, 2016 @千本釈迦堂
調和 harmony (of the natural and the artificial )
Maybe you like the shining sea which reflects the sunlight. Maybe you would like to capture it with your DSLR. You like nature. You need electricity.
Harmony is important.
December 14, 2014 @高御位山から高砂火力発電所方面を望む
Seto Inland Sea and Takasago coal-fired power plant
This is just a glimpse of Mount Fuji we were able to see from Motohakone on the shores of Lake Ashinoko in Japan... the condition were already very poor with clouds fast approaching and within couple of hours the rain came and that was it...
On the right, you can see a Torii Gate marking the entrance to the Hakone Shrine...
A selection of cakes and pastries on display in a supermarket in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. Buyer beware though - this is all dog food! I love this typical sense of fun, attention to detail, and through-the-looking-glass confusion you can get as a visitor to Japan.
This is the entrance to a temple called Kiyo Mizu Dera, prior to the Corona virus one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto, but now lying almost deserted. Usually this area would be pandemonium but these days only a few locals walk around the precincts allowing me to capture this view of the gate with the city stretching out to the West behind it. These ancient sites only started being overrun with tourists six or seven years ago so, oddly, the virus has brought back what might be described as a sense of normalcy. I came up here to take a few shots as part of a project for The Kyoto Journal, a quarterly publication, to document the city during the pandemic, taking advantage of the lax lock-down rules here in Japan. It reminded me of the Kyoto I arrived in 17 years ago, way before the inbound boom, when you could come up here at any time and see it like this. Many, including myself, feel that Kyoto has become a victim of its own success.
A beautiful garden near the Sanjusagendo Temple in Kyoto with the wonderful cherry blossoms in full bloom. This temple has a lot more interest than just the garden - inside there are one thousand life-size statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon which stand on both the right and left sides of the main statue... there are also statues of 28 guardian deities... it is quite a sight, however, no photography was allowed inside so i settled for the photos of the garden and surrounds.
The red brick building was the mine's general office. Also, It housed a communal bath for the miners. The water was said to always be pitch black. The miners worked in terribly hot and humid conditions as far as 3,600 feet (1,100 meters) below the sea bed. As is typical of mining operations, gas explosions were an ever-present danger.
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