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Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), located in the southern part of Kyoto city, is famous for its thousands of red Torii gates donated by companies around the country. For its photographic scenery, it had been one of my must-visit sites in

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Kobe Stroll

It is not often that I go out for photowalk in Japan. In a Friday afternoon, after a brief meeting and lunch with some professors talking about a cross-countries report we are working on since last year, I decided to

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On the way to Rokkomichi Station

These are some snapshots I took in between Hankyu Rokko Station and JR Rokko Michi station, while I walked down from school. This time I happened to bring my camera along and the ambient light before the sky turning dark

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Sakura around Shukugawa

It was my first time to visit Shukugawa Park located not very far away from the place I am now living. With 1,000 Sakura trees planted along both sides of the river in 1949, the park is considered as one

Posted in Japan, Nature

Himeji Castle Re-opened

Finally, Himeji Castle was re-opened yesterday for pubic after more than five year renovation. Built in 14th century, Himeji caster was the first site in Japan to be registered as UNESCO World Heritage in 1993. It is also the only

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Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo National Park

Spring is best season to visit the park, especially around early April when the part filled with tulips of various colors. It takes about 20 minute from JR Maiko Station on the express bus. Near the part is Awaji Yumebutai,

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Hirosihama, Here I Am

Last week at last I was able to make my first visit with other students in Kobe University to Hiroshima, the city known for the drop of the first atomic bomb at the end of World War II. To save

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O-Mato Taikai in Kyoto

Originated from Tōshiya, O-mato Taikai, or Festival of the Great Target began in 1861. This annual event is held at on the veranda of Sanjusangen-do temple in Kyoto, drawing roughly 2,000 participants from throughout Japan. Archers shoot arrows into targets

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Taking photos for Frangipani Villa Hotels was a main reason of my home returning last month. There are six hotels in Phnom Penh run by Frangipani Villa, but I need to work with the newly opened 2 hotels, the Royal

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18 Years After the Earthquake

Yesterday, 17 January, Kobe City Hall organized an event to commemorate the Hanshin-Awaji Great Earthquake that 18 years ago claimed more than 6,000 lives, most of whom resided in Kobe. The event started from as early as 5 AM at

Posted in Japan, Life in Japan