As they believe, Katsuoji in Minoh is watched over by Daruma dolls. These dolls are known as kachi-daruma which means winning daruma. It’s funny that my impression of daruma dolls is horrifying rather than pleasing because of the horror movie As The God’s Will (look it up!). But when I visited Katsuoji, I laughed at how […]Read more "Daruma Dolls x Katsuoji Foliage"
Minoh is located north of Osaka. It is known for its scenic autumn foliage in Katsuoji and Minoh falls (in Minoh Park). Due to the past typhoons in 2017 and 2018, some trekking trails to Minoh falls were damaged. But recently, it has been cleared up and has been reopened to visitors. I went mid-November […]Read more "Minoh Park Foliage"
Hoshi no buranko (星のブランコ) which literally means “The Swing Of Stars” is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Japan located in Hoshida Prefectural Park, Osaka with a length of 280 meters rising up to 50 meters above ground. As it is a pedestrian suspension bridge that connects two mountains, people can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic […]Read more "The Swing Of Stars"
I was amazed at how legit these performers were when I went to Nagoya castle last summer. The reenactment of samurais and ninjas were so immersive that every sword fight, backflip, and stunt somehow takes you back to the epic ‘ol times. The performers are from 名古屋おもてなし武将隊 which literally means, “Nagoya Hospitality Battalion Corps”. It’s quite […]Read more "Nagoya Hospitality Battalion Corps"
Tokushima, one of Shikoku’s four prefectures, is not only famous for their Sudachi and sweet potatoes (the list could go on) but also for Awa Odori. It is the biggest dance festival in the country which is also participated by different dance groups, known as ren, all over Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s best to […]Read more "Awa Odori: The Dance Of Fools"
Nara Park (奈良公園 Nara Kōen) is one of the oldest national parks in Japan where over 1000 deer roam freely in the open. I got time to capture some photos of these sacred deer. They are thought to be as the messenger of the Gods. Most of the time they are chill but they could get […]Read more "Oh Deer"
A story of Tsuneki Kato, a homeless man from the Airin (愛隣) area formerly known as Kamagaski. The streets slowly became a different place far from what you see in neighbouring areas like Nippombashi. 20180512. 15:00. I went to Nishinari-ku where the Airin area is located to see what it is really like. I have […]Read more "Nishinari: A Different Facet Of Japan"
A collaborative project with lofn . Lofn features articles and stories of women who experienced failed relationships either from infidelity, broken romances, individual differences and the likes. Momo’s feature about 浮気した彼氏がその相手を妊娠させていた話 (A cheating boy who made the other girl pregnant) is here.Read more "Momo"
Kyoto is one of the best places to go during Spring. When I went there, I don’t exactly have a plan which places to go. So I bought the one-day bus pass and let my spontaneity do the rest. Apart from photos, I captured some footage using my camera handheld for the first time. It […]Read more "Cherry Blossoms In Kyoto"
A collaborative project with lofn . Lofn features articles and stories of women who experienced failed relationships either from infidelity, broken romances, individual differences and the likes. Mayu’s feature about 夢見がちな彼氏と現実的な彼女のリアルな失恋の話 (A heartbreaking story of a dreamy boy and a realistic girl) is here.Read more "Mayu"
During the lofn shoot for Mayu and Momo, I had the chance to take some photos around Okawa. The weather was perfect that many people are comfortably enjoying their hanami spots under the pink clouds. In Utsubo Park, I enjoyed the Hanami (花見) party we had with some of my colleagues. So what is this hanami I’m […]Read more "Cherry Blossoms In Osaka"
When we hear of spring in Japan, cherry blossoms usually come first in our minds. But before they show their beauty, there are these awesome flowers that bloom before them. They’re like ring girls for nature’s main event. In Osaka Castle Park, there are almost 1300 plum trees of 100 varieties that bloom around mid-March.Read more "Plum Blossoms In Osaka Castle Park"
During my photo walk sessions, I passed across a movement (or shall I say political protest?) during the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster that happened on the 11th of March 2011. They have this banner saying “Go West, Come West“. An excerpt from their 呼びかけ (call) 私たちは3.11福島原発事故による関東からの避難・移住者です。主に関西など西日本への避難者が集まっています。原発事故の放射能被害は福島に留まらず、関東や東北全体に及んでいます。放射能を遮る山がない関東平野全域で、放射線管理区域並みの土壌汚染になっています。Read more "Don’t Forget Fukushima"