Latest images for May 2007

Ichiyo Sakura Matsuri Oiran Procession
Shibazakura Moss Pink, Chichibu
Nezu Shrine Azalea Festival
Hamura Tulip Festival, Tokyo
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, Tokyo
Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka
Sanno Festival, Tokyo
Asakusa Yabusame
Meoto-Iwa Wedded Rocks, Mie
Arakawa Shizen Koen Park, Tokyo
Tonogayato Garden, Tokyo
Senzoku-ike Pond, Tokyo
Kiyosumi Teien Gardens, Tokyo
Fukagawa-Edo Museum, Tokyo
Shinagawa-juku, Tokyo
Ontakesan, Tokyo
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum, Saitama
Yokota Air Base Friendship Festival
Sugamo, Tokyo
Hie Shrine, Tokyo
Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tokyo
Ryogoku, Tokyo
Shinagawa Jinja Shrine, Tokyo
Tamagawa Josui, Hamura, Tokyo
Gotanda, Tokyo

Latest images for April 2007

My latest images center on spring festivals, cherry blossoms, and Tokyo. My Photo Xplosion continues with images from all 47 prefectures now online, finally. Even with 14,000+ photos, it still barely scratches the surface. But it’s a start. I still have thousands more to put online and many more cities, towns, and villages to visit and photograph in the months and years to come.

Traveling around Japan is one thing, but sorting and putting all these images online is another. Certainly very time-consuming, but fun. It’s a personal and lifetime quest to learn more about Japan. And to share my accumulated knowledge, experience, and images with others at the same time.

Direct links to each prefecture’s images are now provided on the home page. If you want to use any photos, Contact Us. Enjoy!

Tagata Shrine Honen Festival
Miyako Odori Cherry Dance, Kyoto
Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri, Inazawa, Aichi
Takayama Matsuri, Gifu
Sagicho Festival 1st day, Omi-Hachiman
Sagicho Festival 2nd day, Shiga
Horyuji temple, Nara
Oagata Shrine, Aichi
Imperial Palace/Edo Castle
Tokyo Station
National Diet of Japan
Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo
Rikugien Garden, Tokyo
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo
ICU, Mitaka
Inokashira Park, Mitaka
Dog’s tooth violet, Kiyose, Tokyo
Sotobori Moat, Tokyo
Sumida Park, Tokyo
Meguro River sakura, Tokyo
Shakujii Park, Tokyo
Higashi-Kurume, Tokyo
Takayama Jinya, Gifu
Takayama, Gifu
Mizutori Festival, Nara
Lake Suwa, Okaya, Nagano
Okaya, Nagano
Tabayama village, Yamanashi
Taketomi, Okinawa
Gala Yuzawa, Niigata
Soccer at Saitama Stadium
Shibuya Station, Tokyo
Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo
Tokyo Marathon 2007

Latest images Jan. 2007

My Photo Xplosion continues with over 11,000 photos of Japan now online. If you want to use any photos, Contact Us. Enjoy!

Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka
Shirakawa-go, Gifu
Okinawan Dances
Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Kanazawa Castle
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa
Ainokura, Toyama
Toyama Castle
Hikone Castle Parade
JRA Ritto Racehorse Training Center
Ishida Mitsunari Birthplace
Sekigahara, Gifu

Nihonbashi Bridge, Tokyo
Minabe, Wakayama
Seto Ohashi Bridge
Okayama Prefecture
Hot Spring Hells, Beppu
Oita Prefecture

Tottori Prefecture
Shimane Prefecture
Kumamoto Castle
Mt. Aso, Kumamoto
Kagawa Prefecture
Goshikinuma, Fukushima
Biwa Rowing Lesson

Gokasho Merchant Homes
Gokasho Museums
C. Itoh House, Toyosato
Omi-Hachiman Merchant Homes
Sagicho Festival, Omi-Hachiman
Shrine Fire Festival

Kinomoto Jizo-in, Shiga
Nagahama Station
Daitsuji Temple, Nagahama

Gichuji temple, Otsu


More images…

Registered at YouTube

I finally gathered my video clips of Japan taken with my compact digicam or miniDv video camera and put the better ones online at YouTube.

See it here:

I’ve organized the video clips into various categories (Playlists) to make it easy to find the videos which interest you. Most of the videos are of Japanese festivals.

Obviously, videos can capture sounds and motions which my still camera cannot, so these videos really complement my photos well.

YouTube is not the only video-sharing service, but apparently it’s the most popular. It’s still pretty wild with many copyrighted videos online illegally, especially TV shows, etc.

I also looked into Google Video which is much more controlled and orderly. However, it takes a few days before you see your video online because they screen your video before it goes online. I’m too impatient to wait for Google’s approval. And so I decided to use YouTube.

I really like YouTube. You upload your video and it goes online within minutes, not days. You can create Playlists to organize your own videos as well as your favorite ones. The image quality is not great (ditto for Google Video), but acceptable as a free service (and free bandwidth).

There is an incredible variety and explosion of videos. Very easy to get addicted. If we could watch YouTube on our cell phones, it would be great.


2006 is looking to be another busy year for me with new major projects, both offline and online. Let me just talk about my online plans here.

I’m quietly observing my 10th year online. Yep, PhotoGuide Japan has been online since spring 1996. The Internet and my Web site have come a long way, and I had a blast. (More about this in a later note to celebrate my 10th year.)

I now feel that I have devoted enough time and effort promoting Japanese photography to the English-speaking world. It’s time to pursue new challenges for the next 10 years online. I will now focus on something bigger than Japanese photography: Japan itself.

This is actually a natural next step since all along I have been promoting Japan and its people and culture through photo books and works by Japanese photographers. I have already begun this new long-term project with the launch of a new Web site called PHOTOGUIDE.JP. It aims to introduce Japan in pictures and in English. It will be an image-rich, visual guide to Japan. I already have over 5,000 pictures of Japan online. This is not a random stock photo collection. It is a coherent collection of photos showing specific subjects in a logical sequence.

I plan to write detailed articles to go with the images. I’m learning a lot about Japan already. After living in Japan for so long, it takes a lot more to be enchanted by Japan (and life itself). I have a constant desire to seek out, discover, and experience new things and people. And that’s what I want to photograph and write about. The things you don’t see in the tourist guide books and Web sites.

There are people who write about Japan or photograph Japan and cannot read Japanese, people and passing tourists who write about Japan only on a superficial level, and people who photograph Japan without explaining about their pictures. There are just too many of these people. They are not all bad, but you just won’t learn much from them.

I hope to do better than these people. But I do it more for myself, to learn more about Japan on a deeper level. That is what I look forward to the most. There’s so much stuff I still don’t know about Japan or never really studied (especially historical things). If I can share the knowledge and experience I gain, then I will be happy.

Note that I will continue to maintain PhotoGuide Japan. But I won’t be spending as much time on it as before. One thing I wanted to do but could not, was updating the maps for camera shops, galleries, etc. If anybody wants to do it, let me know. You will be fully credited.

Hope you all have a great 2006.

Latest images for Jan. 2006

Over 5,000 photos of Japan are now online. This update centers on winter, castles, and fall colors.

Sapporo Snow Festival
1998 Nagano Winter Olympics
Katsube Shrine Fire Festival
Wakakusa-yama Burning
Toka Ebisu Festival
Himeji Castle
Inuyama Castle
Nijo Castle
Osaka Castle
Nagoya Castle
Kakegawa Castle
Karatsu Castle
Akashi Castle
Imabari Castle
Uwajima, Ehime
Kochi Castle
Matsuyama Castle
Fukuoka Castle
Kokura Castle
Ogaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle
Kiyosu Castle
Sunomata Ichiya Castle
Fukuyama Castle
Kameoka, Kyoto
Todaiji Temple
Okaya, Nagano
Suwa, Nagano
Lake Yogo in winter
Lake Biwa Rowing Song
Omi Shrine

For a complete list of images, see PHOTOGUIDE.JP.

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