View of Kyoto from Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion

View of Kyoto from Ginkakuji or Silver Pavilion

Ginkakuji This Shot of Kyoto from Ginkakuji (銀閣寺, Silver Pavilion) or Higashiyama Jisho-ji which is the official name. It is a beautiful garden with excellent views of Kyoto from the top. We just managed to get there on our bikes before it closed for the end of the day. This is a 3 exposure HDR s [...]
Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome

Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome We took off from Kyoto on the Shikansan (bullet train) for a quick visit to Hiroshima, Japan. The shot above is of the A-Bomb Dome that now forms part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (広島平和記念碑 Hiroshima Heiwa Kinenhi), also called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム Ge [...]
Kyoto Ryokan Stay and Nine Course Meal

Kyoto Ryokan Stay and Nine Course Meal

Kyoto Ryokan We stayed in a very fancy Kyoto ryokan (Kyoto cuisine and ryokan Shiraume) for one night to treat ourselves. Having stayed in a hostel previously it felt so luxurious. It was a great experience and the food was exquisite. For dinner and breakfast we had the choice of Japanese or Amer [...]
Deer in Nara Park Kyoto

Deer in Nara Park Kyoto

Nara Park Full of Deer A stag just a stones through from the path in Nara Park, Kyoto, Japan. The deer are so tame and not phased by humans at all. There are also vendors that will sell you deer cookies or crackers to feed to them. Some deer have even learned to bow to visitors to ask to be fed a [...]
Bamboo Forest Arashiyama District Kyoto

Bamboo Forest Arashiyama District Kyoto

Arashiyama Kyotos Bamboo Forest A HDR shot of Kyotos famous bamboo forest or grove. This is three exposures of + and - 2.0 EV blended together and shot handheld. There was such great light behind the bamboo. Although if I'd have got there earlier maybe I would've beat the tourists.   [...]
Sagano Arashiyama House Overlooking the River

Sagano Arashiyama House Overlooking the River

Sagano Arashiyama Sagano Arashiyama a house looks over the river just out of shot. Arashiyama (嵐山) is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto home to the famous bamboo forest often photographed. This spot is a short walk from the bamboo forest away from all the tourists. I [...]
Kyoto by Night

Kyoto by Night

Kyoto by Night I loved wandering around Kyoto by night. Although exhausted from fitting so much in during the day, I managed to get some shots in. This is one of my favourites. Seems like a business man heading home after a hard days work, that's exactly how I felt.    
Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, these stretch of along the trails behind the main Buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Moun [...]
Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park

Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park

Meiji Shrine at Yoyogi Park Tokyo Above is the chōzuya or temizuya (手水舎) outside the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. It is a Shinto water ablution pavilion for a ceremonial purification rite known as temizu. Water-filled basins, called chōzubachi, are used by worshippers for washing their left hands, r [...]
Rockabilly Dancers at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Rockabilly Dancers at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Rockabilly Dancers at Yoyogi Park Get to Yoyogi Park on Sunday to see the Rockabilly Dancers. Yoyogi Park (代々木公園, Yoyogi Kōen) is one of Tokyo's largest city parks. It is a great place for jogging, picnicking and other outdoor activities. On a Sunday the park is filled with people dressed up alon [...]