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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...
Myoshin-ji was founded in 1337 when an abdicated emperor had an imperial villa converted into a Zen temple. The enormous Zen temple complex includes about 50 sub-temples in addition to its main buildings. While a few of the temple halls can be entered, the majority of the sub-temples are closed to the public. However, visitors are free to wander along the many walking paths like this one here.
The quiet atmosphere and the complete lack of electricity poles and wires make this a great place to wander around for an hour or two. You feel that you've time-slipped back to the 14th century.
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.
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
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
One of the Japanese maples inside the Community Garden. The yellow leaves were the unusual and they attracted my attention.On a very small piece of land there's an agglomeration of plants and trees and there's no piece of soil left unused. People really do take care of this tiny garden.!
When I travel from Kyoto to Tokyo or Yokohama by Shinkansen, I always reserve a left-sided seat. When I go back, I always reserve a right-sided seat to see and shoot Mt. Fuji from the window of the bullet train.
Mt. Fuji cannot always be seen. It is impossible on a cloudy day, never at night. The other evening, I was lucky to see the holy mountain clearly. I shot and shot, I was moving as fast as 270km/h and so it was difficult, almost all shots were coincidence.
Shintoshin is trying to compete for the tourist trade with many on the different cities on the Island, so this colorful street is designed to attract the late night party crowd, and tourist looking for a little action:) There is no parking on the street so most come by taxi, or the nearby monorail. There is off street parking but usually it ain't cheap:)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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