Photos and musings from around Japan



May 6, 2018

The following morning, I got up about 430 and went to soak in the onsen; I was surprised to see so many other women were using the bath that early in the morning, as usually it is deserted. The onsen at my hotel had fantastic Nebuta-themed shoji lamps IN the bath (sorr...

May 3, 2018

Despite going to bed late, I was up at 04:30 and decided to go back to the castle to get sunrise photos; I got cleaned up and was at the park by 0520, where I was thrilled to see the most beautiful sunrise light on the blossoms and a perfect reflection on the moat. At...

May 2, 2018

Happiness is falling asleep to the scent of fresh tatami and the rushing of Oirase Stream (奥入瀬渓流) outside your window...

I woke up early the next morning as I had a moss walk scheduled with a private guide at 0800. After breakfast, I got my camera gear ready as well my...

May 1, 2018

Ever since childhood, I would spend time nearly every year vacationing in northern Michigan… There was something magical about dense forests of birch trees with dappled sunlight, sunlight glittering like jewels on Lake Michigan, the reverent hush after a snowfall. For...

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