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Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri is one of the 3 well known and important annual festivals in Kyoto. Spanning the whole month of July one of its best known events is the parade through the streets of the Yamaboko Junkō on July 17.

Osaka Castle

I visited Osaka Castle a while back and enjoyed the nice walk around its gardens. The Castle has been rebuilt a number of times over many years.

Mothers Day Japan

The weather is great today. Lots of people out taking advantage of the sunny weather on Mothers Day. I changed up my cameras today and took this one with the Sony NEX7. I have had the camera sitting around for about a year now and…

Shirahige Jinja

Cycling around Lake Biwa over Golden Week, I got to see some great countryside. This was one of the standout views. Shirahige Jinja with its Torii Gate in the clear waters of the lake. Lots of people around here taking photos. Great…

Biwako Cycling

I have been cycling around Lake Biwa in Shiga-ken for the last 3 days. The trip covered 160km and passed through some wonderful scenery. I didn't manage to capture everything as my hands were kept mainly on the handle bars rather than…

Princess Mononoke Forest

I went to Yakushima recently and took some photos near the beach and in the forest. Driving just a short distance produced such varied scenery changes, it was really interesting to get the chance to take photos different from the normal…

Sakura at Kyoto Incline

The Incline at Keage in Kyoto is the old train line where barges would come down from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. Close to Nanzenji, where you can still see the Aquaduct, the Incline is a popular place in Spring due to all of the beautiful Sakura…

Moss Ocean House, Yakushima

I stayed at Moss Ocean House on Yakushima recently for 3 days and enjoyed a combination of warm ocean breezes with great views, rainy trekking in the World Heritage forests and some delicious food served up by the wonderful people at Moss…

Yakushima Sunrise

I took a 3 day trip to Yakushima and came back with a few nice photos. Here are some rocks on the beach with a nice sunrise at Yakushima on my birthday.

Spring Walk, Kyoto Gosho

The Kyoto Gosho, Imperial Palace and gardens are a great spot for casual walking, playing sports or just sitting down and reading a book. As Spring hots up, the trees are starting to take on a different color. It was a nice weekend to go…

Yoshida Jinja Sunset

I took a short walk at sunset up past Kyoto University to Yoshida Jinja. You can very easily get into the mountain hillside from the Jinja and within minutes forget that the city below even exists.

Snow on Mt Fuji

Always nice to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji when traveling on the Shinkansen. Everyone on the left side of the train had their cameras and phones pointed at the window. I didn't want to be left out so here is my iPhone snap

Morning Walk in the snow

I took a quick morning walk to catch some sun and was surprised it had started snowing. Just a few scenes here of nothing much. My hands started to freeze off and I had to come back indoors. I would like to take better photos in winter,…

Heron on Kamogawa

Went for a short walk in the winter wind and spotted this heron strolling around. The birdlife on the Kamogawa always gives the river a flow of being alive.

Kyoto City Fire Department Parade

Each year the Kyoto City Fire Department have a small parade and demonstration of their fire fighting skills. They show the assembled crowd near Okazaki Park their fire fighting equipment and their skills to use it. The demonstration…

Yasaka Jinja

I visited a number of Temples and Shrines on New Years Day just to have a walk around and see the crowds. I started in the center of Kyoto and walked to Yasaka Jinja, Kodaiji, Kiyomizudera and then back to town.

Eikando in Autumn

Wanting to take some photos of the Autumn colors, I visited Nanzenji and Eikando at the beginning of the week. The orange and red colors were amazing. The colors were so bright in real life it was hard to take photos and get a result…

Getting Cold

It is getting cold out at the moment but Autumn is always a nice time to hit the streets and take a few photos. This is an old building in Kyoto that has a lot of charm about it. Nice restaurant on the 2nd floor as well.

Autumn City

The weather has been beautiful recently with blue skies and fresh air breezes. The leaves are just starting to turn orange and brown in patches along Oike Dori in Kyoto. I captured a few Autumn scenes of the city this morning while out.…