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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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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the Great Buddha statue, or Daibutsu is another very popular religious attraction of Kamakura. Despite its overall sense of serenity, the Daibutsu had a rather tumultuous history! It all started in 1233 when the good people of Kotoku-In decided to erect a giant wooden representation of Buddha. After a good decade of hard labor the gorgeous wooden wonder was finally unveiled to all. Unfortunately, in 1248 a storm destroyed both the wooden statue and its hall. Realising that wood was too fragile, it was decided to build yet another statue of Buddha by this time in bronze. Finished in 1252, the bronzed version of the wooden Buddha statue is the statue that you can enjoy today in Kotoku-In. While the Daibutsu itself was built to withstand the worst conditions, its main protective hall was not so lucky and was destroyed by powerful storms in 1334 and in 1369, as well as in 1498 by a devastating tsunami. Unphased by the elements, the Daibutsu was still standing proudly and serene as before. It was after the 1498 tsunami that it was decided to let Daibutsu remain standing in the open air. Finally and according to Kotoku-In record, the Daibutsu measure 13.35m with a total weight of around 121 tonnes. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Octopus, or "Tako" as it's known in Japanese, is a special ingredient in Japanese food culture and contrary to popular belief, octopus is seldom eaten raw as it's too chewy. Instead, octopus in Japan is usually "ready-boiled" when you purchase it. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Back in Tokyo after a couple of monthes away… time to resume feeding this page, starting with this sacred knot, a view so typical of the many little hidden temples you’ll come across walking in Tokyo. Gear used: Fujifilm X-T2 + Mitakon 35mm f/0.95

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Just behind the Imperial Palace East Garden entrance, the Chidorigafuchi Moat features hundreds of sakura trees, lining each side of the moat. Incredibly picturesque when in full bloom, the Chidorigafuchi Moat is among the most famous hanami spots in Japan. To make things even more magical it is possible to rent a rowboat for peaceful hanami cruise. If you are lucky enough to come late in the season, you will have the chance to see the moat water turn into a magnificent parterre of petals.Keep in mind also that the sakura trees along the canal are illuminated in the evenings, offering magnificent and unique views of the blossoms. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Located outside of Yokohama and somehow in the middle of an industrial area, Sankei-en garden is an oasis of beauty and calm. Erected in 1904 by a silk trader named Tomitaro Hara, also known as Hara Sankei, this garden features, in one location, the many wonders of Japan. Thanks to his fortune, Tomitaro Hara brought from different places across Japan, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Gifu and Wakayama, many historically significant structures. These include an elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence, a few tea houses and even the main hall and three storied pagoda of Kyoto’s old Tomyoji temple. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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Tsurugaoka Hachimangū, 鶴岡八幡宮 in Japanese, is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The shrine is at the geographical and cultural center of the city of Kamakura, which has largely grown around it and its 1.8 km approach. It is the venue of many of its most important festivals, and hosts two museums. Tsurugaoka Hachimangū was for most of its history not only a Hachiman shrine, but also a Tendai Buddhist temple, a fact which explains its general layout, typical of Japanese Buddhist architecture. More photos and 4K Videos at www.TokyoStreetView.com

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