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Minnesotan with Norwegian heritage. A former resident of Kobe, Japan, who enjoys exploring this fascinating country as much as time & resources allow. I have a Master's Degree with a specialty in Japanese history--studying under Dr. Kenneth Lee (Cal-State Northridge). Im a published author/photographer, also working on a book based on my award-nominated graduate research dealing with cultural/religious practices during the Edo period. I currently work in the education field, and enjoy a variety of hobbies including travel, photography, dining, fitness, and spending way too much time on the internet.

Yukio Mishima once said that it is impossible for the foreign mind to comprehend the true essence of Japan. However, I have done my best to treat each topic appropriately. I am not a professional photographer, but I hope that you will appreciate these shots for their historical significance. I endeavor to show all sides of Japan--the commonplace, as well as scenic beauty and ancient architecture. My personal travel images are mixed in... Please bear with me.

*I write my own captions.

*If you wish to negotiate a purchase price for use of a specific photo, please send me a Flickrmail with the specific image title or URL. I allow free personal or educational use of all my images--but, please, ask me first.

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My photos have appeared in:

Die japanischen Botschaften beim Vatikan 1585 (2012)
iiTomo I & II (2011)
Zoom Japan (10/2010)
Newsweek Polska (11/2010)
Zoo Journal #6 (2010)
CCA convention invitations (February 2010)
Studio Classroom #12 (December 2009)
LWF Bible Studies #6 (2009)
University of Minnesota Dept. of Landscape & Architecture promotional posters (2009)
It's a Beautiful World (2009)
Pharmacies of the World (2009)
En Route #1 (2009)
Nederlands Tijschift voor Geneeskunde #4 (2008)
Treasures of the Dragon (2007)
Mythologies of the World (TBA)
Hot & Cool Guides: Japanese Culture (TBA)

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    tinkertinker1948 says:

    "THANK YOU DEAR FRIEND.THE EYE CAPTURES A MOMENT IN TIME IN A WAY THAT YOU SEE IT,AND OH SO WELL YOU DO IT. YOUR EFFECTS ARE BEAUTIFUL. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LOVE OF MINE. THE ORIENT HAS ALWAYS FASCINATED ME AND RESPECT FOR THEIR WAYS. I REALLY ENJOY YOUR WORK AND LOVE THE PLACES YOU TAKE US."

    November 25th, 2011

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    Jeana Marie Photography says:

    "Jonathan has a unique way of not only bringing the world to your doorstep, he also takes the time to bring knowledge to your doorstep with nearly every single image he posts. For some that means nothing, but for many that means a lot. There are those who are not able to travel the world, whether near or far, and through Jonathan's images they are not only able to travel, they are able to learn about the different cultures of the world around us.

    Seems to me that kind of teaching and sharing is in short supply amongst our peers these days and perhaps we all could learn a little something more from him.

    When I think of Jonathan, I think of the old adage, 'Share and share alike.' He does it well."

    December 27th, 2010

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    ravenewyork says:

    "Hey! Wanted to write you a testimonal, you've been such a good contact and your stream is always a surprise. You have real photos of real travels!! One day I hope to travel like that! Keep up the good photography!"

    April 29th, 2010

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    lagunamoon says:

    "Jonathan-san is one my favorite photographer here on flickr.he become so nice friend. I so happy see his love of japan,as he reach the heart of my country.He is great person and one the nicest people i ever know.I can recomend his photo to everyone as is like a book of art,philosphy and great thought in every image.
    yours, yumi~~"

    January 24th, 2010

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    nagoya1534 says:

    "Thanks for adding me as a contact. A friend of Nobunaga is a friend of mine. :-)"

    May 31st, 2009

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    EDAgraphics says:

    "Hello Thks a lot to add me ; )"

    February 15th, 2009

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    jillibean23 says:

    "yay! thanks for the contact add! :)"

    February 2nd, 2009

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    neueliebeyokohama says:

    "Hi there, thank you for adding me as a contact.
    And also for being the first to comment on my pictures
    since I made the account."

    December 8th, 2008

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    crapaudin says:

    "THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADD !
    :D
    (and you are my first "contact-friend "now ^^)

    vincent from French Guiana"

    September 17th, 2008

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    bebNXTdoor says:

    "thank you! ^.~"

    July 4th, 2008

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    qh♣p says:

    "His photo catches Japanese fantastic landscape.
    I think you are Japanese than me♪
    and more,you are first person who gave comments I started since march, 2008.
    I hope i can communicate you long time.
    of course,your face is very good looking!!
    (v^ー°)"

    July 3rd, 2008

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    spicy.asian says:

    "Hi I'm glad to see someone who likes my country taking nice pics and promoting the good sides :)
    Thanks for the great works!"

    November 27th, 2007

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