Japan Archive

Apr
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View of the streets below the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka.

Osaka and the Dekasegi

While wandering Osaka looking for the famous Umeda Sky building in Osaka I met my first talkative local.

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Apr
16
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Customers browsing the stalls for fresh seafood at the Tsukiji fish market.

Tsukiji fish market

One out of every five fish caught on planet earth is sold at Tsukiji fish market.  Every day more than 2000 tons of fish pass through the market in Tokyo’s Chūō district.

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Mar
12
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Joestu tetrapods

The Dogs and Demons of Joetsu

The small coastal city of Joetsu on Japan’s north coast highlights some of the problems facing modern Japan.

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Feb
25
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Sunrise lights up Mt Myōkō a dormant volcano that lasted erupted about 6000 years ago.

Adrift on Mt Myōkō

Earlier this year I tagged along with the Australian/International off-pissed ski team to the slopes of Myokokogen.  Matt chose Myoko because the guidebook gave it four and half snowflakes out of five in the ‘powder’ category.  Also because our plan called for us to go from there to Kyoto and then onto Tokyo and we wanted to make sure our itinerary doubled as a tongue twister.

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Feb
25
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Arashiyama-Sagano district in Western Kyoto.  The parks and bamboo forest were set aside in the 14th century by the then shogun, Ashikaga Takauji, in a gesture of mourning for the Emperor.

Kyoto, Japan’s Spiritual Capital

The old capital of Kyoto is home to about 1600 temples and countless smaller shrines.
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Aug
30
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A neon box-canyon in Yanta district of Xi'an.

China’s frenemies

Beijing incorporates all of the contradictions of Chinese society.

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Nov
04
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Streetscape

Satoshi Minakawa

Some incredible landscape photography from Japanese photographer Satoshi Minakawa.

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Jun
24
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35532 japan samurai

Samurai Branding 101

In keeping with the last few updates on branding and Identity design I’ve scanned in some excerpts from this book of Japanese family crests and heraldry.

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