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18Mar17

(All photographs taken with an Asus ZenFone 3.)  


The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge runs between the city of Akashi* and the island of Awaji and has the “longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.” (Wikipedia) It’s an engineering marvel and a beautiful bridge. I took these shots from Maiko Park, which is situated just below the point where the bridge leaves […]


I’ve got no idea why the lettuce I buy comes wrapped in plastic adorned with the image of Rantarō Ninja Boy, the star of the anime Nintama Rantarō (忍たま乱太郎). To tell the truth, I initially mistook him for a very healthy country aunty wearing traditionally patterned monpe (もんぺ), the old-style workpants of Japan.


March 4th was my birthday, and a completely perfect spring day for a walk. I decided to walk to two local shrines – Toyonaka Inari-jinja and Harada-jinja – mostly on a route that I had never taken before. The first part of my walk was quite familiar and took me past the building that I […]


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09Feb17

All photos taken with an Asus ZenFone 3.


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12Jan17

All photographs taken with an Asus ZenFone 3.


My first shrine visit of the year, referred to as hatsumode (初詣) in Japanese, actually involved visits to two local shrines in Toyonaka. As always, I visited Kasuga-jinja, the shrine where I’ve been making my New Year visits since moving to Japan in 2005. Kasuga-jinja is dedicated to Amaterasu, the sun goddess, among many others, […]