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Japan is a land of volcanoes. Around 200 in fact. They hubble and bubble and […]
There was a large light. I fell. And then no-one came to rescue us. Nagasaki, […]
Amid the smoke, the fire, and the ferocious turquoise bubbles in this part of Kyushu, […]
Kamakura. It’s one of those words I’d never heard until I went to Yokote in north Japan.
Snow was falling as I arrived in the city, 260 miles from Tokyo. Softly at first, like…
Dusty, ink-filled pages bound together and towering upwards from the street. Shelves spilling knowledge like Waterloo Station churns out commuters at six o’clock before Saturday. Paperbacks, like people, squeezed…
I love this photo. I love the smoke, I love the skin creases…
Ouchijuku Village, Japan For some reason, these photos look calm. Yet in reality, a blizzard […]
Whenever I feel the cold breath of winter on my neck as autumn runs out of time, my tastebuds turn to octopus, the signature dish at…
Photos of a sizzling Yaketori bar in Tokyo for Photo Friday. Mmmm….
Tokyo’s a crowded, industrial place, particularly around Suidobashi station. Yet Hotel Niwa resists the greyness by bringing the essence of a traditional Japanese Ryokan into this thoroughly modern hotel.
People often describe the view from Miyajima Island as one of the most beautiful in
Today I turned on my computer as usual, ready to upload images for another Photo Friday post. Then I saw the news: earthquake in Sendai, tsunami to follow.
I’m thousands of miles from home, suspended in the night sky of Yamagata, watching the snow fall and fall. In Europe, snow covers pine trees evenly, as though nature took a stash of icing sugar and ran it through a tightly meshed sieve. Here in Japan…
A legend. A volcano. A full moon and swirling, falling snow. The cable car creaks through the night sky to reach the peak of the Zao volcano in the snowy
Finally, I stop. My heartbeat reels like a dizzy child who’s been spinning around on the spot, my lungs test their boundaries and my soul smiles with joy. This must be what they mean by a natural high.
I’m far from the first to string those four words together. Legendary journalist Kate Adie looped them in a line to describe her autobiography; Vivien Leigh sighed them in A Streetcar Named Desire. Writing courses rail against them and editors hang their heads and demand something fresh.
Perhaps there’s a danger precisely because these islands have so much going on, that I’ll miss the obvious part: the Okinawa Islands are beautiful. To hell with it: turquoise water, blue sky, white sand, the holy-trinity-of-cliche beautiful…
Have Japan’s Okinawa Islands found the secret to a long and healthy life?
When the US occupied the Okinawa islands in southwest Japan, they switched the rules of the road to make everyone drive on the right. These remote Yaeyama islanders did what they had always done: they let the water buffalo choose the route.
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