Jo-namagashi, a very special kind of sweets usually served with green tea. Using red bean paste and lightly sweet, these very elegant delicacies are to be eaten with your eyes first. gear used: fujifilm GFX-50S + 63mm f/2.8

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Ukai at it’s best: the master and his cormorants are fishing. Within under an hour roughly they will catch 15 “ayu”. Gear used: Fujifilm GFX50S + 110mm f/2

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Ukai is an ancient style of fishing involving cormorants, a big fire, and many “ayu”. Here is Masahiko-san, one of the few cormorant-fishing masters left in Gifu. They use to fish at night on the Nagara river, right below Gifu castle, and catch mostly Ayus (also called sweetfish), a very local fish usually eaten simply […]

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Evenings start feeling cooler and much less humid, making it ideal to enjoy an little walk outside, with friends or family. Odaiba is an interesting place at night, for it always offers wonderful views on Tokyo across the bay. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 16mm f/1.4

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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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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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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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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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