Annually, Japan Mint Museum in Osaka opens its gates to the public for sakura viewing. They have over 330 trees with 138 varieties to date. I had the chance to go there and enjoy the beauty of the Sakura breeds particularly the “Benitemari (紅手毬)”. The 3 kanjis literally mean, crimson (紅), hand (手), and ball […]Read more "In Full Bloom At Osaka Mint"
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"
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"
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"
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"