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Kodai-ji moon viewing pavilion

Called Kangetsu-dai, meaning “Moon Viewing Pavilion", this beautiful construction was originally built in the Fushimi castle, being moved here by Hideyoshi’s wife, Nene, who established the Kodai-ji temple in Kyoto.

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Hozuki, the Japanese lantern plant
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Hozuki, the Japanese lantern plant

Hozuki, the Japanese lantern plant

Cultivated in Japan since the Edo period, both for ornamental use and as a medicinal plant, the hozuki (known in the West as Japanese lantern or Chinese lantern) received its name from the shape and the texture of the fruit, that looks like a small paper lantern.

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Nikon D300
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Shutter Speed: 1/320s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200
Himeji, the most visited Japanese castle
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Himeji, the most visited Japanese castle

Himeji, the most visited Japanese castle

Reopened 4 years ago after a renovation process that kept it under scaffolding for 5 years, the Himeji castle is today the most visited Japanese castle, with more than 2 million visitors a year.

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Kawagoe Honmaru Goten reception hall
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Kawagoe Honmaru Goten reception hall

Kawagoe Honmaru Goten reception hall

Made towards the end of the Edo period, Honmaru Goten, the palace of the Kawagoe castle is among the very few Japanese castle palaces that survived until today.

Actually, it is only a part of the original palace, about 1/6 of the original surface, but includes all the important halls: the entrance hall, the reception hall (in today’s photo), and the chief retainer’s office.

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Shiroishi castle top floor interior
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Shiroishi castle top floor interior

Shiroishi castle top floor interior

Among the few castles reconstructed with original materials and traditional techniques, the Shiroishi castle stands out with the materials used. Photographed here is the top floor, made of very high quality wood, Aomori white cedar, assembled without metal nails.

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Aperture: F/4
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Sankyo Warehouses manhole cover
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Sankyo Warehouses manhole cover

Sankyo Warehouses manhole cover

Artistic manhole covers can be found in more than 95 percent of the Japanese municipalities, all of them having their own original design, and some of them have several different models.

In Sakata, in the Yamagata Prefecture, I discovered three models, the one in today’s photo presenting the Sankyo Warehouses, which are the main tourist attraction of the city, and the kokai-bune boats that were used to transport the rice bales from the big maritime boats to the storehouses.

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Matchmaking Maneki Neko of Imado shrine
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Matchmaking Maneki Neko of Imado shrine

Matchmaking Maneki Neko of Imado shrine

Maneki Neko, the calico Japanese bobtail with a raised paw, believed to bring good luck to business, is probably the most popular good luck charm in Japan and its image is well known throughout the world.

At the Imado shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo, the Maneki Neko are represented in pairs, as they are considered to also bring good luck in love and marriage. The shrine is dedicated to the couple of Shinto gods Izanagi-no-Mikoto and Izanami-no-Mikoto, so it is also known as a shrine from matchmaking.

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Rikugi-en, one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo
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Rikugi-en, one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo

Rikugi-en, one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo

Built 300 years ago by the shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, the Rikugi-en garden in Bunkyo is one of the most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens in Tokyo, alongside the Koishikawa Korakuen in Fukagawa.

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Lens: 14mm F/2.8D
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Shutter Speed: 1/2500s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 500
Osaka castle golden tiger
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Osaka castle golden tiger