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Kamogawa River Jumping

I showed a photo a few weeks back of a child jumping the stones on the Kamogawa River in the late evening. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but this dog has been watching and got his chance to star today. Here is the…

Kyoto Streets

Just a regular snap of a regular street, but somehow mistakenly Japan. What are the things that identify this as Japan to you? the bicycles casually left at the side of the road? the abundant use of yellow to warn of some…

Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Located in Kyoto next to the Kamogawa river it is a short walk from the centre of the city. The Shrine is set in a natural mini forest that contains many large trees, beautiful…

Evening Streets

I missed catching the setting sun but was able to just get a glimpse of the reflection as it disappeared over the horizon. I liked the contrast between day and night in this shot. It was handheld so we don't see the cars moving too…

City Contrasts

In a modern city it is always interesting to see how the older style architecture and culture is incorporated into new plans. Looking at this scene reminded me of just how difficult it is to accommodate a large population with limited…

Visiting Shibuya: Tokyoite Favourite!

Shibuya is perhaps most famous as the iconic image of the crazy Japanese road crossings, a bustle of hundreds of people crossing five ways across painted lines on the road. Shibuya is also just as famous for its vast number of two-storey…

Japan Cute Bag – Sasicco

Inspired by a desire to keep modern urbanites in touch with their tradition, this handsome tote incorporates iconic elements like Sasicco`s signature handcrafted, fire-retardant fabric into a modern design. Functional pockets, light and…

Kamogawa Evening Walk

Heading North this evening from the City I walked up to KitaOji Bridge. The northern reaches of the Kamogawa river open up quite a bit and around Shimogamo Shrine there are lots of green shady areas for people to rest in the evening…

Autumn Season Change

As the breeze starts to get cooler in the middle of the day as well as late in the evening, there is a keen sense of a season change upon us. It may still seem hot and feel like summer, but Autumn is not far away. Scenes like this one…

Summer Breeze

It's getting a little cooler recently thanks to some gentle breezes blowing through. It's still nice to head to the river in the evenings though and enjoy oneself.

Summer Cool, Izumo Taisha

How do you cool down in the summer? One idea is to visit some temples, take in the cool shade of nature and relax. These shots are from Izumo Taisha which I visited some time ago in summer.

Tokyo View

Its a fine day in the city. This photo was taken before the earthquake in Tohoku. You can see the top of Tokyo Tower is not bent here. After the earthquake it had a slight bend in the very top of it

Summer heat

It is hot in Japan at the moment. Summer can be a time to head for the beach or try to find some shade in natural surroundings. Where do you go in the summertime?

Mt Fuji Sunrise

I was lucky enough to have a game of golf near Mt Fuji some years ago, and today I could go back to the same course and see the sunrise from the base of Mt Fuji. Of course, it would be a whole different scene at the top, but looking…

Dreamton Village, Kameoka

I recently visited the English themed restaurant and surrounds called Dreamton Village by its owner, in Kameoka, Kyoto. A lot of work and thought has gone into creating British style architecture and atmosphere in this area of the…

Deep Blue Sunset, Kamogawa

It was a magnificent sunset the other day on the Kamogawa River. Here you can see the full width of the sky with yellows and oranges mixed with a deep blue. The focus of the light as all funneled to the back left corner and down, which…

Gion Matsuri

One of the most important festivals of the year, and one that takes over the city of Kyoto for almost a month as the town comes together to prepare and take part. I have more photos from the parade and the preparation stage as well.…

Kyoto City Hall – Electric Sunrise

I got up early today for some reason and was surprised to see a wonderful pink sky outside the window. When I went out on the street I took a few quick shots and ended up with this as one of the first ones. Almost looks like a lightning…

Ropeway, Cable car on Mount Hiei

Following on from the earlier post, I wanted to show a few shots of the ropeway car that took me to the top of Mount Hiei. It was a smooth ride from the center of Kyoto, first on the Keihan railway to Demachiyanagi station and then on…

Mount Hieizan, Sunset

I took a spur of the moment trip up Mount Hieizan to see if I could find any good late evening shots. I found that the view towards Lake Biwa was uninterrupted, but looking back towards Kyoto City there were a few trees and other…

Teramachi dori

Teramachi dori is one of the older well known streets in Kyoto. Its current image is one of a covered mall stretching from Shijo dori up to Oike dori, and then open air from there up to the old Imperial Palace. It stretches further…