One of the many Izakaya found in Tokyo. I love these Japanese evenings, made of colors, lights, tasting like beer and perfect to share a good moment with friends. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX-50S + 110mm f/2

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Walking distance from Yamagata’s amazing Somaro Tea House and its gorgeous Maiko, you will find in the city of Sakata and the Homma Art Museum Garden. Built in 1813 by the head of the Homma clan, the property includes the actual main house, the Seienkaku, and the Kakubu-en [...]

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Shimbashi by night is a totally different Tokyo. Forget the business-clean-mannered daytime city you may know. Little izakaya light up all the lanterns they can, people fill those narrow alleys to enjoy drinks and snacks,restaurants and bar staffs try to “fish” some customers while many girls propose massage or drink services, “et probablement plus si […]

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Located in the heart of Yamagata prefecture mountains, Ginzan Onsen or in English the Silver Mountain Hot Spring, is a secluded little hot spring town with a rich history in silver mining! [...]

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First “they” restored the old building, making the old station beautiful again (along with some technical upgrades such as a newer quake-proof structure, etc.) Then they cleaned the mess in front of the station: it is now a mostly pedestrian zone with some vegetation, and underground parking lots. Far from the big taxi playground it […]

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Constructed in 1596 by a daimyō named Tōdō Takatora after being given a small fiefdom by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1595, the Uwajima Castle or in Japanese 宇和島城, is a Hirayama-Jiro or a Type of Japanese castle constructed on a hill within a plain. While quite small, the Uwajima Castle is well known as one of twelve Japanese castles to still have an original donjon built in the Edo period. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Dewa Sanzan (出羽三山) which literally means: the three mountains of Dewa, are sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture, each with a shrine on or near its peak including Haguro-San representing birth, Gas-san representing death and Yudono-san representing rebirth. [...]

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The “beach season” usually ends on September 1st around here. It does not mean that the beaches are closed, but simply that the wooden barracks hosting temporary cafes and restaurants are removed, that life guards are sent back to their universities or jobs, that beaches won’t be crowded as they use to be in July […]

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One of Tokyo’s famous perspectives, which you’ll enjoy in Shinjuku while walking on the pedestrian bridge connecting the former Southern Terrace to the JR station’s south exit. The three towers keep reminding me of the Eye of Sauron… they are in fact the Park Tower, the second tallest structure in Shinjuku with their 235m and […]

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Sumo (相撲 sumō) or sumo wrestling is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. The characters 相撲 literally mean "striking one another". The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered a gendai budō (a modern Japanese martial art), but this definition is misleading, as the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from Shinto. Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated by the Japan Sumo Association. Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as heya, where all aspects of their daily lives from meals to their manner of dress are dictated by strict tradition. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Located in Sakai district of Sakata, Somaro is a hub of Japanese culture where you can enjoy the beauty of Japanese traditional dance performed by two Maikos in one of the city’s most beautiful traditional houses. Because of its huge influence in business due to its port, Sakata quickly became a powerful economic hub in the Tohoku region and has such Maiko, Hangyoku, Geiko and Geisha decided to establish their own community in this area and is why their presence so far up north in Japan. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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A man on his way to work walks past a collection of vintage Godzilla movie posters Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 35mm f/0.95

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