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The Japanese Umbrella Pine “Kouyamaki”

The Japanese Umbrella Pine “Kouyamaki”

The Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata – click here for Wiki description) is a very rare and unique tree, endemic to Japan. I had heard there was a stand growing in Fukushima, which is the northern limit of its range. It can be found in other parts of Japan such as the Japanese Alps and Shikoku, and most notably in the historic mountain temple complex at Kouyasan in Wakayama… Read more →
Adatarayama

Adatarayama

Adatarayama (Mt Adatara) is a 1700 metre high volcano west of Fukushima in Nihonmatsu. There is a lovely onsen (hot spring) town called Dake nearby. The mountain is popular for skiing in winter and hiking in the summer. We picked a hot and sunny day (maximum temperature of 35 degrees!) to make the climb… Read more →
Oze National Park: Buna Daira

Oze National Park: Buna Daira

We visited the Oze National Park recently, and visited many parts of the park including Mt Taishaku which I have already posted about. The subject of todays post is the lush green forests in the area known as “Buna daira”. “Buna” is the Japanese beech tree (Fagus crenata), and a daira is a flatland… Read more →
Waterfalls of Fukushima: Renge Falls

Waterfalls of Fukushima: Renge Falls

Renge Falls is found at the end of a very narrow and windy road in the mountains around Moniwa in northern Fukushima. There is a somewhat overgrown parking area and a rickety old temple, and the walk to the waterfalls is a short 10 minutes or so on a fairly flat track… Read more →
Iizaka Onsen Night Scenes

Iizaka Onsen Night Scenes

I took a walk around Iizaka Onsen last night to shoot some of the landmarks at night. Starting at the train station, I shot the Totsuna Bridge. Ryokans line the river here, and the Iizaka Tourist Association has an office right across from the station, with maps and pamphlets in English… Read more →
Mt Taishaku, Oze National Park

Mt Taishaku, Oze National Park

Mt Taishaku is a 2060 metre high peak in the Oze National Park in south western Fukushima. The drive to the trailhead is along a very arrow and windy unsealed road which leaves the mountain town of Hinoemata which is famous for its soba noodles and kabuki stage… Read more →
Akagawa Falls Iizaka Onsen

Akagawa Falls Iizaka Onsen

The Akagawa Falls are located just out of the hot spring town of Iizaka Onsen in northern Fukushima. After following a very narrow and windy road, we found the small shrine from which a short trail leads down to the waterfall… Read more →
Images of Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine at Night

Images of Kyoto: Yasaka Shrine at Night

These photos of Yasaka shrine at night were taken during our recent visit to Japan and make up part 2 of my photos of Japan for 2014. We spent one night in Kyoto and a very tasty “Sukiyaki” dinner on the banks of the Kamo River and this night shoot at Yasaka Shrine were the highlight… Read more →
Photos of Japan: Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Photos of Japan: Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

We recently took a break in Japan and spent time traveling to a few of Japan’s cultural treasures. We visited the island of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture, as well as Kyoto and our annual visit to Fukushima. I have many images from this trip to share, starting today with the area around Itsukushima Jinja (Shrine) and it’s famous floating torii (Shinto gateway in front of all shrines)… Read more →
Photo Essay: Japanese Tsunami Two Years Later

Photo Essay: Japanese Tsunami Two Years Later

While in Japan this year we made time to re-visit the coastline which was devastated by the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. It was the first time we’d been back since taking photos in July 2011 for the fundraising exhibition we put on in Hobart in November 2011… Read more →