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Until Next Time

For my flight back to USA, I always book window seat on left side of the airplane, so I may have a chance to take a last look of Mt. Fuji. Recalling fun sweet memories during my stay and being unsure when I will be able to come back for ne…

Yummy, Delicious and Delectable

いつも楽しみにしている駅弁 京都へ向かう新幹線車内でTrain lunch I enjoyed in a Bullet train heading to Kyoto 下鴨神社境内で頂いた甘酒Amazake, sweet fermented rice drink, at Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto 清水寺散策後のコーヒーA cup of hot coffee a…

Maruyama Park, Sapporo

I made a stop in Sapporo just because I may have a chance to see Ezomomonga. Well, I found out I have to wait for next chance. It was still a nice stroll in snow covered Maruyama Park. Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. 02-13-2020 もしかしたら野生…

Hokkaido Jingu (Shrine)

After leaving Kushiro, next stop was Sapporo. My stroll in Maruyama Park led me to Hokkaido Jingu (Shrine.) Shrine Gate had impressive Shimenawa (The Sacred Rope) with beautiful details and the Shrine Chamber sits behind this gate. This Sh…

Steller's Sea Eagle

After watching Tancho Cranes, I walked to a coffee shop across Tancho Crane Sanctuary to take a break. In theri warm sitting area, I found a fieldscope on a stand. Shop's owner told me "you can watch National Treasure bird, Steller's Sea E…

Breathtaking Sunset in Kushiro

Breathtaking sunset veiwed from Nusamai Bridge over Kusihro River after watching Tancho Cranes all day with unexpected warm temperature. I wish I found Ezo Deer during my stay... probably next time? Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan 02-12-2020 丸一…

Sharing A Winter Home

Tancho Cranes share their winter home with Swans. While swans are relatively large birds, they look small compare to tall Tancho Cranes. In Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. 02-12-2020 タンチョウヅルの越冬地には、白鳥もやって来るようです 争いもせ…

My Dream Came True

タンチョウの幼鳥 Several years ago, I found YouTube videos that are showing beautiful Tancho Cranes in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. Immediately, I fell in love with their elegant courtship dances and their distinct beautiful loud calls that e…

Floating Sea Ices

Sea ices crowded together on surface of Kushiro River. During the coldest time of winter, you will see "Lotus Leaf Sea Ice" that is a large round shape sea ice created by movements of waves and other floating ices. Kushiro, Hokkaido 02-11-…

Sunset in Kushiro

Catching Express Super Hokuto at Hakodate then transfered to Express Oozora that goes to Kushiro, I finally arrived in Kushiroa. It was about 7 hours of train ride and Kushiro is the furthest East destination in Hokkaido for me to visit. F…

View from Express Super Hokuto

Mountains viewed from JR Hokkaido, Express "Super Hokuto" (currently called Express "Hokuto") To name each mountain correctly, I need to search by Google Map. View from JR Hokkaido, Express "Super Hokuto" 02-11-2020 函館から釧路へ向かう最…

Night View from Mt. Hakodate

Beautiful night view of Hakodate-city from Mt. Hakodate, I watched with my auntie who lives there. For this 2020 Japan trip, I visited my mother's hometown, Hakodate-city to reunite my auntie for the first time in 20 years. It was super co…

Impressive Icicles

Impressive icicles I found in Morioka. Iwate prefecture, Japan. 02-06-2020 こんなに立派なつららを見たのは、初めてです 盛岡にて

Mount Fuji, The Most Beautiful

I never get tired of watching this most famous and beautiful mountain in Japan, Mt. Fuji. Photos taken through a window of Shinkansen (Bullet Train) 02-05-2020 何度見ても、見飽きることがないのが、富士山 新幹線の座席は、富士山が見える側を選…

Early Morning Stroll to Kiyomizu Temple

I stayed at a hotel that is located near Kiyomizu Temple, so I decided to have early morning stroll to beat tourists. Both temple grounds and gardens are quiet with few visitors. I enjoyed quiet soritaly time. After my leisurely stroll, I …

Kamo River, Kyoto

Kamo River runs through world-famous ancient city, Kyoto. It is also the habitat for a number of native wildlife and a place of rest and relaxation for humans. Time for sure goes by slower here, compare to "merry-go-round" Tokyo. Kyoto is …

Recess for beauty

Alcove in a traditional Japanese room where art or floweres are displayed. Minimalism represents graciousness; the spirit of samurai families. While we rarely find these recesses in modern condominums, I still remember the one in the house…

Japanese Wagtail

I found a Japanese Wagtail in a little creek on the grounds of Shimogamo Shrine. Kyoto, Japan 02-02-2020 境内に流れる小川で見かけた、セグロセキレイ 日本特産種だそうです 京都 下鴨神社にて

Japan's First RV

This is a ready-to-assemble and relocatable house owned by Kamo no Chomei, a Japanese author, poet and essayist (B1155-D1216) How amazing...! Tadasu no Mori in Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto この時代に、組み立て式の家って、すごくないですか? 今で…

Wooden Stilts on Foundation Stones

These wooden stilts are just sitting on foundation stones to support entire shrines or temples. These time-tested structures have survived countless natural disasters such as huge earthquakes... Just amazing. Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto 石の上…

Burning Ritual at Shimogamo Shrine

Shimogamo Shrine is designated a World Heritage Site. I happened to visit there on its special ritual day when they burn old Shinto talismans and charms in a sacred boundary. Very unique and very powerful. Kyoto, Japan 02-03-2020 下鴨神社…

Time-served Japanese Traditional Craftsmanship

Every time I pay close attention to Japanese traditional architectural style, like this Kitano Temmangu, I feel stunned about its artistic yet precise details. I'm totally impressed and deeply admire time-served Japanese traditional crafts…

Japanese Apricot Festival

飛梅 Beautifu Japanese Apricot flowers in Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan. A bit early for full blooms but still lovely. Kyoto, Japan 02-01-2020 満開には少し早かったんですが、北野天満宮へ梅の花を見に行きました 有名な菅原道真の飛梅は、まだつ…