JAPAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Here is a small selection of photos taken in Japan in the last years. Japan has many faces, such as the beautiful Japan, the traditional Japan, then the modern, very industrialized Japan and finally that Japan that surprises the unprepared foreigner.

  • Beautiful Japan

    The Beautiful Japan
    The page is showing different images of Japan taken during different seasons such as during sakura (cherry blossom), the autumn season with its spectacular leaves, the fresh spring colors and a rare snowy winter day. In my neighborhood I found one day this giant salamander in the Minoh River. Yakushima is an island with trees that are thousands of years old.
     

    15 cm big Frog at night in Minoh, June 8, 2006

    60cm long salamander in Minoh, June 8, 2006

    Autumn leaves, Minoh, Osaka, Nov 29, 2005

    Bird in geometrical pattern, Minoh, Nov 29, 2005

    Casablanca in my garden, Jul 14 2004

    Daimon Sake brewery garden, Osaka, Mar 3, 2006

    Daimon Sake brewery, Osaka, Mar 3, 2006

    Deer, Yakushima, Dec 5, 2004

    Forest in Yakushima, Dec 5, 2004

    Head of  salamander in Minoh, June 8, 2006

    Japan Sea, Sept 19, 2004

    Lilies in my garden, July 4, 2006

    Minoh mit Reisfeldern Aug 2 2004

    Minoh, Nov 23, 2003

    Mt Fuji from the Shinkansen, Jan 7, 2005

    Osaka Castle fortifications, April 9, 2004

    Osaka Castle with cherry blossoms in foreground, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle during cherry blossom 1, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle during cherry blossom 2, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle during cherry blossom 3, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle during cherry blossom 4, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle entrance, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle moat, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka castle, Apr 9, 2004

    Osaka center, Apr 9, 2004

    Rice paddies in Minoh, June 14 2004

    Roots, Yakushima, Dec 5, 2004

    Ryuanji temple, May 5, 2006

    Saikouji temple, May 5, 2006

    Street in Minoh during Sakura, April 5, 2004

    Temple in Nara, Apr 9, 2005

    Tsubaki Kamelie, Mar 5, 2006

    Turtles in Nara in front of pagoda, Apr 9 , 2005

    Turtles in pond, Nara in spring, Apr 9, 2005

    Waterfall in Minoh, Osaka, May 7, 2005

    Waterfall in Yakushima, Dec 5, 2004

    Wild monkey in Minoh, Osaka, Apr 14, 2005

    Yakushima, Dec 5, 2004

  • Modern Japan

    Modern Japan
    Technology in Japan is impressive, from the controls in elevators to modern architecture. There are nostalgic sites, such as traditional restaurants with bamboo and wood decoration built into the 35th floor of a high rise building. And it takes its toll. The countryside is full with power lines, concreted river beds, and in the cities train tracks, roads, bridges, and buildings compete for space in three dimensions. Japan embraced since a long time ago western culture: for example classical music or International dance.

    70 story high Landmark Tower, Oct 31, 2003

    At social dance party, July 2, 2005

    Chinatown Yokohama, Oct 17, 2006

    Fish products on sale in Hokkaido, Feb 6, 2005

    Flat Panel Display Tradeshow in Yokohama, Oct 20, 2006

    Gate to Yokohama chinatown, Oct 17, 2006

    Group travel also in Japan, Apr 6, 2005

    Habaneros harvested in my garden, Jan 10, 2005

    Hotel at lake Biwako, Dec 6, 2006

    International dance competition in Ikeda, June 19, 2005

    JR train tracks close to Kyoto, Dec 5, 2006

    Kids dance competition in Ikeda, Aug 21, 2005

    Live crabs for sale in Hokkaido, Feb 6, 2005

    Minato Mirai 21, Yokohama, Oct 30, 2003

    Osaka Namba, Apr 16, 2005

    Osaka skyline from Minoh, Dec 3, 2005

    Pacifico Convention Center, Yokohama, Oct 30, 2003

    Sake tasting with Mark in Daimon Sake Brewery

    Senrichuo, Osaka, Jan 31, 2007

    Shinjuku, Tokyo, Jan 7, 2005

    Wedding chapel all in glass in Kyoto Hotel, Dec 8, 2006

    West side of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Jan 8, 2005

    Yokohama chinatown, Oct 17, 2006

    Yokohama, Oct 30, 2003

  • Traditional Japan

    Traditional Japan
    Japan is often known for its traditional culture, its Buddhist temples, Martial Arts like Karate, Judo or Aikido, Zen, Tee Ceremony or Flower Arrangements. Obviously for many people in Japan this part of Japanese tradition plays an integral role in their lives. Yet for quite a few Japanese, the tradition seems to appear quite remote from their busy modern life that like in the West often follows a culture of consumerism.

    Aikido on Noh stage in Tengawa, Nov 20, 2005

    Altar in Shosenji garden, Apr 29, 2004

    Autumn in Minoh, Osaka, Nov 28, 2005

    Autumn in Ryuanji, Minoh, Nov 28, 2005

    Autumn in Ryuanji, Minoh, Osaka, Nov 28, 2005

    Autumn leaves behind temple lanterns, Saikouji, Minoh, Nov 21, 2005

    Cherry blossom in Kyoto, April 6, 2005

    Cherry tree petals, Shosenji temple, Osaka,  April 20 2005

    Dinner Awaraonsen Sept 18, 2004

    Dragon hand wash in front of Shosenji temple, Osaka,  April 20 2005

    Drying rice in Minoh, Osaka, Oct 27, 2005

    Entrance to Japanese house in Kyoto, Apr 6, 2005

    Great Buddha of the Todaiji temple in Nara, Apr 9, 2005

    Hanamatsuri, Shosenji temple, Osaka,  April 29, 2005

    Japanese Teehouse in Kyoto, Apr 6, 2005

    Japanese sword master posing in traditional hakama wear, Osaka,  Dec 14, 2005

    Minoh Matsuri Aug 1, 2004

    Modern Zen temple in Toyonaka, Apr 29, 2004

    Monk, Osaka, Apr 9, 2004

    Monkey mother and baby, Oct 22, 2005

    Nara, Apr 9, 2005

    Old Japanese house at entrance of Minoh Natural Park, May 7, 2005

    Old house in Kurashiki, Oct 1, 2005

    Peaceful Japanese garden in Shosenji temple, Osaka,  April 29 2005

    Ripe persimmons autumn, Minoh, Oct 28, 2005

    Ryuanji in winter, Minoh, Dec 22, 2005

    Ryuanji temple gate in winter, Minoh, Dec 22, 2005

    Saikouji during cherry blossom, Apr 14, 2005

    Saikouji in autumn, Minoh, Osaka, Nov 28, 2005

    Saikouji in autumn, Minoh, Osaka, Nov 29, 2005

    Saikouji in winter, Minoh, Dec 22, 2005

    Saikouji, Minoh, Osaka, Apr 14, 2005

    Shimamoto Shihan in his Zenpriest robe Apr 29, 2004

    Taikou players during Japanese festival, Osaka, Dec 14, 2005

    Todaiji in Nara, Apr 9, 2005

    Traditional Japanese house in winter, Minoh, Dec 22, 2005

    Traditional Japanese house, Kurashiki, Oct 1, 2005

  • Surprising Japan

    Surprising Japan
    Life for a foreigner can be full of surprises, even after many years of living in Japan. For example, some years ago, I (Thomas) was surprised to see in the land where people keep bonsais that are lovingly attended to (carefully cutting small leaves and tiny branches) that trees in the cities are cut by basically hacking the branches down with chain saws. Finally only ugly trunks are left standing. And the timing was the worse imaginable as well, I observed this “trimming” just weeks before the beautiful autumn season. When I was making my inquiries I was told that this has to do with some people not wanting to have the red leaves on their side walks and streets. I was surprised.

    Company trip on Michigan on Lake Biwako, Jul 8, 2006

    Illegal ugly construction in front of house Apr 3, 2005

    Koizumi on election poster, Apr 14, 2003

    Large pipe coming out of Osaka Castle, Apr 9 2004

    Osaka castle, old and new, Apr 9, 2004

    Pachinko Gambling at noon, Jan 31, 2007

    Poor construction, Osaka, Apr 14, 2006

    Suita shi's radical tree trimming, Oct 7, 2003

    Suita shi's radically trimmed trees, Oct 7, 2003

    Third worldlike work shop in Osaka, Jan 25, 2007

 Copyright Thomas & Aurora Strutz

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