• Japan
  • Yokohama nights

    Yokohama nights – a beautiful weekend evening in the summer. The Hikawa (Ice River) Maru, the museum ship at Yamashita Koen (Yamashita Park) sparkling in the evening sea breeze. Looking the other way, the Ferris wheel turns against the buildings silhouetted against the setting sun. And once night has fully fallen, the Hotel New Grand’s lights stand […]

  • Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple
  • Kagurazaka Matsuri

    The Kagurazaka Matsuri, a festival and with a folk music and dance competition, all rolled into one.  The participants dance in front of a group of judges at Bishamonten Zenkoku-ji Temple.  The evening was unbelievably hot with humidity running close to 100%.  The participants… or maybe contestants dance in effortless uniformity, perfectly coordinated, with the occasional character […]