Photos of Japan, from a trip in 2019. Starting in Tokyo, with a private bonsai tour around Saitama, then on to Unazukionsen and the Kurobe Gorge railway. From there, to Takayama, and the Hide Model Village. Then, Osaka and the Osamu Tezuka Museum. From there, Kyoto and the Philosophers’ Path, Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Then to Himeji and Taiyao Park (there’s apparently a famous Japanese castle there as well), returning past Mt. Fuji, and a final day in Tokyo.
Naoetsu Station skybridge, after leaving an intercity train to board a coastal village connection with the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Nihonkai-Hisui Line, on a single-car train to Itoigawa Staton in Omachi.
These amazing little trains were courtesy of typhoons, which had flooded the Shinkansen holding yards, and their new trains, servicing a leg of our journey.
There’s something to these house-at-night works that I’m still trying to settle my mind upon. It’s a tension between how utterly tranquil the image is, and the fact you’re viewing the outside of a house, in which someone is asleep, blissfully unaware of the photographer outside.
Takayama is a wonderful little town. There’s several blocks of historically frozen preserved buildings which are the main tourist draw. The alleyways, and commercial streets are a wonderful alternation of light and dark.