Tag Archives: Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience


Outdoor Onsen (Japanese Hot Spring)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience


Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia


Ginzan Onsen (Japan)

Wooden inns, gas lamps and heavy snowfall all add to the nostalgic ambience in Ginzan Onsen, a famous hot spring area in Japan.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror


Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo (Japan)

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

Tokyo Cyclist

Tokyo Cyclist

Wet day, dull sky, boring buildings and two bridges with clashing colors that nearly hurt my eyes. Everything was so unappealing to me. But when this cyclist came along, he was like the last piece of the puzzle that pulled all the other ordinary things together. Somehow, it became just right 🙂

My response to Weekly Photo Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Tokyo Apartments

Tokyo Apartments

No fences. Just walls. Everyone living within their clear-cut boundaries.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen

Wooden inns along the Ginzan River, Japan. This is the place that inspired Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) in making the Academy Award-winning animated film “Spirited Away”. There is a nostalgic charm and it is magical at night, especially when it is snowing.

My response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration … it doesn’t have to be my inspiration, does it?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Sleepless in Tokyo

Sleepless in Tokyo

Sleepless in Tokyo … neon lights, vibrant colors, bustling streets. This is my response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid

Weekly Photo Challenge: Afloat

Torii Gate

Torii Gate

I’m excited to resume blogging after several weeks of shutoff from WordPress during my work assignment in China. I’m finally back home in Canada 🙂

The theme for this week’s Photo Challenge is Afloat and I’m submitting a photo of the iconic “floating” torii gate in Miyajima, Japan. It appears to be floating during high tide. The approaching storm and bright sky provided a good contrast and a dramatic effect (well, at least I thought so when I took the shot).

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (2)

Butterfly Lovers

Butterfly Lovers

A Pair of Snow Monkeys

A Pair of Snow Monkeys

Not perfect symmetries, but I’m happy (and lucky) to capture these moments of love-hate relationships for Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

Peko Chan


This was inside a crowded cafe in Tokyo and I was amused that the journalist was doing a live interview with a mascaot, Peko-chan (a popular Japanese character). It was hilarious that Peko-chan had the same “yummy” expression throughout the session 😛

My response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

P.S. This may be one of my last posts for a while. I’m flying off to China for a work assignment and I think they are blocking WordPress (a.k.a. freedom of speech?). Therefore, I may not be able to blog or read your blogs. Expect to be back 3 months later.