Daimonzaka is a truly beautiful path leading to another wonderful landmark in Wakayama prefecture, Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. The path itself is really worth a little walk. The stone stairs, the huge and old trees along the way (many of them being over 800 years old) both contribute to the quasi-mystical atmosphere […]

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Wakayama has many picturesque landscapes to offer. One of these natural landmarks is the Hashigui-Iwa rock formations in Kushimoto. The legend says that a monk tried to build a bridge to Oshima island, but a demon prevented him to do so, letting these “pillars” as sole remains of the aborted construction. Catching it at sunrise […]

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Wakayama produces a lot of wood, and has many waterways. Lumberjacks used them to bring fresh cut logs downstream, to their processing facilities. Today they propose to carry tourists on those logs (a tourist-friendly version, with seats and handrails) on the Kitayama river and its rapids. The ride takes 45 mn roughly and costs 6.000 […]

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Kamikura Jinja is a little shrine located halfway up Mount Gongenyama. It is said that the Gods first came to Earth through this very temple, and brought the fire as a gift to humans. To celebrate this, a ceremony is held every year; the Oto matsuri consists in making dozens of participants recently down hill, […]

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During our second trip to Wakayama prefecture we had the great pleasure to be granted a model, dressed in Heian ishom or Hean era costume. At that time only noble people wore this costume to walk along the Daimon-zaka leading to the wonderful Kumano Nachi Taisha and the Nachi Falls. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + […]

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One of the most iconic view in Japan: the Nachi Falls and the orange pagoda in the foreground. This day we were lucky and had a few rain showers while we were setting up our cameras. In many places it’s just bad luck, but here it’s a blessing: the pagoda becomes shiny and the hills […]

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Izumo Taisha is one of Japan’s top cultural landmarks. The temple itself is interesting, but its surroundings are truly enchanting. Such as this little pond with a waterfall and a little shrine… lovely, and so peaceful ! Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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One of Izumo’s most famous landmarks, this rock located on Inasa beach is deeply anchored in Japanese mythology. It is said that once a year all the 8 million Gods of Japan gather in Izumo Taisha, and arrive through this very beach… Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f2.8

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Matsue is a beautiful city located in Shimane prefecture, on the shores of lake Shinji. Among other things the city has a wonderful little castle, one of the very few authentic ones left in Japan. Only 12 of them survived throughout the country. Most Castles you’ll see are reconstitutions, often meant to look like the […]

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Some situations can be unexpectedly funny. This statue located in a temple near Sugamo station is supposed to be cleaned where your body hurts. I did not intend to snap something fun but guess what… right when I pressed the button a hand came out of nowhere to clean the statue’s rear. Gear used: Fujifilm […]

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Driving just under an hour outside Tokyo can take you to incredible locations such as Morito beach a place we particularly enjoy when we need a great bowl of fresh air. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 110mm f/2

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Every Saturday in December a nice firework is shot from one of the islands lying near the Rainbow Bridge. The weather is usually chilly but the view from Odaiba beaches is unique. These shows are also a very unique occasion to face some of the strangest “Japanese organizational skills”: before the fireworks all the terraces […]

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