Category: Japan

Top 10 Photographs of 2021

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to choose my top 10 images from 2021. This year has been quite good for photography considering the restrictions the pandemic has presented, as I’ve been able to travel for photo assignments to several different locations around Japan. I hope you’ll enjoy this year’s favorites, and if you have any of your own, feel free to share a link in the comments! Number 10: Taitosaki Lighthouse,...

Autumn At Matsudo Hondoji Temple

One of my favorite destinations for autumn colors in Japan happens to be in the town where I live here – Matsudo Hondoji Temple. Although it is a temple (founded in the 13th century, in fact!), it’s really more a mixture of a temple and garden, with careful landscaping and gardening work done throughout the year. In the spring, cherry blossoms take the stage, followed by a large display of hydrangeas in late spring to...

Autumn In The Yoro River Valley, Chiba Prefecture

About a week ago I took a trip to the Yoro River Valley here in Chiba Prefecture. Although I live in Chiba Prefecture, my area is basically one with Tokyo, so we don’t have a lot of nature in my town, and it’s easy to forget how beautiful this prefecture really is. The Yoro Valley is a great place to be reminded. The Yoro Valley (養老渓谷 – Yoro Keikoku in Japanese) is one of the...

C.S. Lewis & The Why Of My Photography

In the movie, “The Matrix,” the character known as the Merovingian argues that the only real source of power is knowing the why of things. It is when we understand why we make a choice, or why things happen as they do, that we are best able to embrace the life we live. I’m not sure if knowing the why brings power or not, but I agree it is an important question to ask ourselves...
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Aerial View Of Sunrise Over Lake Kawaguchiko, Japan

This week my family took a short vacation to the Lake Kawaguchiko area at the base of Mt. Fuji. This is a place we’ve visited many times over the years as a family, and it’s always a joy to go back together. It’s amazing how different it is given that it is less than 3 hours from our house. It definitely has a much more relaxing atmosphere compared to the busyness of the Tokyo metro....