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Interior view of Nagahama Hachimangu shinto shrine. Japan.
"Akashi kaikyo Bridge", built across the Akashi strait between Kobe (the main island of Japan) and the Awaji island was completed in 1998. Its central span is 1,991 meters (6,529 ft). This is the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world. The two other sections are each 960 meters. Its overall length is 3,911 meters (12,831 ft). The two supporting towers are 282.8 m (928 ft) high above sea level.
Hikone castle in April with the cherry trees in full blossom. Located by Lake Biwa, Shiga, Japan. Medium format film scan.
I was a little late to the prime of Autumn Leaves....archive of autumn 2014
Maiko at Yasaka jinja (shrine) for the setsubun festival. Kyoto Japan
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Kōchi Castle is a castle located in Kochi, Kochi Prefecture, Japan. Construction was completed in 1611. Much of the original fortress burned down in 1727; it was reconstructed between 1729 and 1753 in the original style.
The castle underwent major restoration from 1948 to 1959. Though no battles were fought at the castle, it is noteworthy because the castle is the original structure, and not a post-war replica, like many others in japan.
NOTE: There are only 12 castles left in Japan that are considered as “original” !!
It is also the only castle in Japan to retain both its original main keep, and its palace, the residence of the local Daimyo. In fact, it is the only castle to have all the original buildings in the honmaru, or innermost ring of defense, still standing.
The glowing sunlight in the bamboo grove reminded me of the old Japanese folktale which describes the life of a mysterious girl discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
Miyajima (宮島) is a small island less than an hour outside the city of Hiroshima. It is most famous for its giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The sight is ranked as one of Japan's three best views. -- Japan-Guide.com
Mt.Fuji which is dyed red by the morning sun or the sunset is called "Red Fuji".
"Red Fuji" is said to be auspicious.
Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408.
Kinkakuji is an impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, and is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. It has burned down numerous times throughout its history including twice during the Onin War, a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto; and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955.
Kinkakuji was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture that developed in the wealthy aristocratic circles of Kyoto during Yoshimitsu's times. Each floor represents a different style of architecture.
The first floor is built in the Shinden style used for palace buildings during the Heian Period, and with its natural wood pillars and white plaster walls contrasts yet complements the gilded upper stories of the pavilion. Statues of the Shaka Buddha (historical Buddha) and Yoshimitsu are stored in the first floor. Although it is not possible to enter the pavilion, the statues can be viewed from across the pond if you look closely, as the front windows of the first floor are usually kept open.
The second floor is built in the Bukke style used in samurai residences, and has its exterior completely covered in gold leaf. Inside is a seated Kannon Bodhisattva surrounded by statues of the Four Heavenly Kings; however, the statues are not shown to the public. Finally, the third and uppermost floor is built in the style of a Chinese Zen Hall, is gilded inside and out, and is capped with a golden phoenix.
Bamboo Forest, Kansai Prefecture
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At the upside of the roof for "Oasis 21", a huge complex in the Sakae Park, Nagoya. Believe it or not, there is a sharrow and large pond on the roof! What's more, its bottom is completely transparent and you can see people walking on the lower floor through it!
Kyoto, JAPAN Taken on a photowalk in Kyoto with my good friends Eric and Teruhide-san. 2011.11.21
Frost is shining Upon the sun light.
Snowy forest melting in the light 【Explore on January 19, 2014】
Monk【Explore on January 23, 2014】