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Chrysanthemum displays, Sanbon jitate

The Japanese chrysanthemum arrangements are presented to public in many places during late November. Besides their beauty, they also symbolize various auspicious concepts.

The group of three chrysanthemums photographed here are called Sanbon jitate, representing the heaven, earth, and human trinity, and they were grown in the same pot.

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View from Mount Rokko Observatory
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View from Mount Rokko Observatory

Chiran Hirayama Katsumi garden

An element giving unicity to the seven gardens recognised as a “National Scenic Beauty” in Chiran is the use of shirasu, pumice and volcanic ash commonly found in the south Kyushu region.

The shirasu is spread out across the garden to represent a water surface, as you can see in today’s photo, taken inside the Hirayama Katsumi garden.

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Nikon Df
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Lights and shadows at Honmaru Goten Palace, Kawagoe
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Lights and shadows at Honmaru Goten Palace, Kawagoe

Vairocana Buddha in Nara

With a total height of 14.98 meters, the statue of Vairocana Buddha in Nara was, when it was built, the largest bronze statue in the world.

At this statue took place the first kaigen kuyou statue consacration in Japan. Meaning literally “eye-opening", the ceremony consist in painting the pupils of the eyes of the Buddha.

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Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G
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Shutter Speed: 1/60s
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Omotesando Winter Illumination
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Omotesando Winter Illumination

Kintai-kyo bridge Iwakuni

It is said that the arches of the Kintai-kyo bridge in Iwakuni, with their intricate wooden structure, resemble nishiki, a famed Japanese brocade embroidered with gold and silver.

The nishiki brocade is so expensive that it is not used for the entire kimono, but only for the sash (obi in Japanese). This analogy gives the name of the bridge, because Kintai means woven gold sash.

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ISO Sensitivity: ISO 400
Group of traditional buildings in Higashiyama, Kyoto
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Group of traditional buildings in Higashiyama, Kyoto

Hirosaki castle

The main tower of the Hirosaki castle was reconstructed last time 209 years ago, after the previous tower was destroyed by lightning. The reconstructed tower is 2 floors smaller and was moved to a side, in a position usually occupied by watch turrets, next to a deep moat.

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Nikon D700
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Good luck charms for the New Year, Hamaya
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Good luck charms for the New Year, Hamaya

Street with ornamental carps in Obi

This street in the samurai district of the Obi town (Miyazaki Prefecture) is lined by old samurai homes surrounded by thick walls and crystal clear water canals. It is known as the “street with carps", because of the colorful Japanese ornamental carps swimming free in the canals…

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Nikon Df
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Thatched roofs in Japan
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Thatched roofs in Japan

Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu observation deck

The beautiful garden of the Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Kyoto, located inside a river valley, can be admired from a platform installed on a small hill, designed to look like a traditional bridge.

The view towards the garden from a point of view located at height of the trees is something truly spectacular…

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Chiran's samurai gardens, Mori Shigemitsu
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Chiran’s samurai gardens, Mori Shigemitsu

Kiyomizu-dera Main Hall

The wooden stage of the Kiyomizu-dera temple was erected about 400 years ago, but because of the construction technique it is highly earthquake-resistant.

With a total height similar to a four-story building, the temple’s stage and hall sits on 18 pillars made of zelkova trees tied together with rails penetrating each pillar and forming flexible joints. The entire structure is held together without using a single nail…

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White Tiger tower of Heian-jingu, Kyoto
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White Tiger tower of Heian-jingu, Kyoto