Arashiyama, Bamboo Forest, Japan, Kyoto, Travel

The call of the forest| Arashiyama| Japan

“ Arashiyama, a good distance from the city centre is a place of retreat for lovers of  Buddhist-Shinto shrines, arching  bridges, hand-made soba noodles, and of course, the much renowned bamboo grove. A place of scenic beauty, the undulating terrain of Arashiyama is surrounded by low lying mountain ranges and forest reserves. ”

Dotonbori, Japan, Osaka, Travel

Summer Nights and Neon Lights|Dōtonbori| Osaka

“ I have had a strange fascination with city lights for as long as I can remember. If you share any such oddities, the mere sight of the remarkable outbursts of Neon lights from the Dotonbori bridge is sure to keep you enthralled and in awe of the Osaka nightlife.  ”

City, Japan, Travel, Yokohama

Summer festival at Yokohama, Japan

“ Robed in traditional kimonos and carrying a paper cut umbrella with flat wooden slippers, the cheerful faces gather around the harbour with their enormous picnic baskets and highly equipped cameras. This half an hour event of continuous fireworks is greeted with thunderous claps and spontaneous cheers from locals and visitors alike. The fireworks were a much needed respite from the most recent flooding that took away so many lives in Southern Japan. ”

Hiking, Japan, Japanese Alps, Travel

The Japanese Alps|Norikura|Part 2

“ The Norikura valley is particularly lovely in July because of the wild daisies that grow for miles under the shadow of the majestic mountain. The fleeting clouds bring scattered showers which in turn, keeps the air mild, crisp and pleasant. On a clear day, one can see the towering peaks of Mount Yari and Mount Hotaka - two of the most sacred mountains. ”

Japan, Japanese Alps, Travel

The Japanese Alps|Kamikochi|Part 1

“ The area in and around the Kamikochi valley was formed as a result of the eruption of Mount Yake in 1915. It is a popular hiking destination and sees visitors from all over the world. The Japanese are very good hikers and greet you a friendly 'Kunichiwa' along with a polite nodding of the head. By mid-afternoon, it had started to drizzle and the Azusa river looked greener than ever. ”

Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, Japan, Torii gates, Travel

The Gods love Orange

“ During my time in Japan, I was fortunate enough to visit one of the holiest religious sites in Japan-  famous for over ten thousand vermillion gates that lead up to the summit of Mount Inari. Dating back to 711 AD, the Fushimi-Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kyoto city. ”

Japan, Mount Fuji, Travel

Many paths, one summit – Mount Fuji.

“ Closer to the 7th station, we were a witness to the great number of stars, planets and other celestial bodies that share the same universe, the same fabric of space and time with our home planet. Higher up, we could see the Great Rift of the Milky Way that stretches for long distances across the night sky. It was tiring but the city lights from the Yamanashi prefecture and the starry starry night lifted our drowsy spirits and tired senses. ”