Seafood is an essential part of the Japanese diet – both fresh and dried. Many varies of dried shrimp are offered in the markets of Japan.
If you are in Tokyo at night and want to see a traditional light-up, visit this temple in Asakusa for a stroll after dinner. Light ups run fairly late here.
In popular tourist towns, it pays to tell the newbees how to work the kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi. We thought these were actually very good and useful instructions.
The Japanese are much more inclined to use umbrellas not just for the rain, but also for sun protection. Plenty of tourists doing that in Kyoto here.
This large mirrored ball is part of the artwork called My Sky Hole (Buxichi Inoue), found in the Hakone Open air museum. By standing underneath, you can get an interesting selfie from the musem.
Since Fushimi Inari is one of the most photographed places in Kyoto (if not Japan), it only goes to follow that it’s also a place to photograph photographers. Getting just the right portrait, without too many bystanders, takes skill and some ingenuity. This young lady positions herself between the gates to get a good shot of a friend.
After exploring the water feature at the DT Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa, this young lady quickly headed out of the shot. The Museum has beautiful architecture.
This window display in a typical restaurant shows the usual variety of offerings to be found throughout Japan, including noods, soups, pickles, rice, fried items, etc. Usually you can find set meals with a variety of offerings, just choose the one that has the most things you like!
This enormous lantern hangs over the Treasure House gate of Tokyo’s Senso-ji temple, one of the most popular spots for tourist photos in this city.
Another beautiful view taken from the Ropeway that runs from Gora to Lake Ashi over the mountains in Hakone and past Owakudani Hot Springs.
Many of the buildings in Kurashiki are decorated with branches with multi-colored “flowers” on them in early spring. Rather than relying on blooms, most of them seemed to be made of clay or paper.
Beautiful moss covers the ground of Kenrokuen Garden in this summertime picture. In the background you can see the bamboo ropes that hold up the branches on some of the older trees.
This entire shop in the Asakusa area is dedicated to the sale of umbrellas. As you can see from the picture, most of them are of the practical (rain and sun shielding) kind, and not traditional washi umbrellas.
Vast electronics stores dot the landscape of Tokyo. Most of the largest and well-known are in Akihabara and Shinjuku. You’ll find entire sections devoted to just one type of item where you might have just 3 or 4 to choose from in other countries.
Reflections of the Imperial Palace grounds are barely distinguishable in the raindrops seen on the taxi window.
This lovely tree flowers in the late spring and early summer and is the representative flower of the Hakone region.
A shinto priest prepares an afternoon offering at the actual shrine at Fushimi Inari. While it is known for it’s multiple bright red torii gates, it is also an active shrine with worshipers coming in and out throughout the day to make their offerings.
This large shoe outside the entrance of Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo represents the shoes of supplicants who make ritual pilgrimages to well-known temples. Similar shoes displays can be found in temples throughout Japan, such as Zenko-ji in Nagano.
Local artists go to town on a vending machine in Saijo, outside of Hiroshima. This one has a musical theme.
The Hakone Open Air museum has numerous outdoor art installations set in the green hills of Hakone. In mid-summer, the greenery is both restful and vibrant.