Author: leslie

Photographing Cherry Blossoms In Iwakuni, Japan

A little over a month ago in April, I was able to take a trip to photograph the cherry blossoms in one of my favorite places in Japan – the town of Iwakuni. More specifically, I spent almost all of my time around the Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle area. This is a trip I have wanted to take for quite some time. I lived in Japan when I was a kid between 1995-96, and...

A Snowy Evening In Matsudo

The Tokyo area doesn’t see a lot of snow, but every few years there is a decent sized snow and I always love to get out and photograph these brief events. This year we had a pretty good amount fall one evening in February, so I put on my snow boots and trekked around my town looking for some interesting shots. Almost all of these were taken with the Nikon Z 40mm f/2 lens. I...

Beauty In The End

One of the things I love about cherry blossom season is how the beauty of the blossom pervades the entire season. That is to say, from the blossoming of the first flowers to the dropping of the final petals, there is a unique charm that can be enjoyed. In fact, in some ways, I would say it is after the trees have peaked and begin to shed their petals that you will find some the...

Japanese Sakura And A Taste Of New Creation

From the ages of 12-13, my family lived in the town of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. We made many wonderful memories there, but one of my favorites was from our first cherry blossom season in Japan. I remember being awestruck at the beauty of the blossoms around the Kintai Bridge, and all the cultural elements that came with it. It was foreign in many ways, especially for a budding teenage boy living on an...

A Stay At Aoni Onsen In Aomori Prefecture, Japan

During a recent travel photography project, I had the pleasure of staying at Aoni Onsen in Aomori Prefecture. Aoni Onsen is a Japanese inn with a number of natural hot spring baths (called onsen in Japanese) around the grounds. There are many such lodges scattered throughout Japan, but Aoni Onsen is unique in two ways. First, the inn is remote, tucked away in the mountains far enough to lose all cell phone signal, and with...