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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)...Read More

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. The region has been cleared of a...Read More

Waterfalls in Japan: Mt Chokai Area

Waterfalls in Japan is the fourth and final instalment of my Mt Chokai trip. As well as the already covered Ninotaki and Nakajimadai Recreation Forest we visited numerous other waterfalls and gorges. One of the bigger falls was Hottai no taki. Located in the eastern foothills of Mt Chokai it is a great place to camp. There...Read More

Ninotaki Waterfall, Yamagata Japan

Part III of our Mt Chokai trip is the spectacular scenery along the walk to Ninotaki waterfall on the southwestern slopes of the mountain. The gorge is in fact the starting point of an alternate track to the summit of Mt Chokai but the waterfalls are an attraction in their own right and well worth...Read More

Mt Chokai, Japan

Mt Chokai is a 2236 metre high mountain which stands on the border of Yamagata and Akita prefecture in northern Japan. The peak is covered in metres of snow throughout winter and is basically inaccesible. From spring the snow melts and fills the surrounding gorges and waterfalls with water. In summer there are quite a...Read More

Tohoku Rokkonsai Festival. Fukushima June 2013

Japan is famous for its summer festivals and every prefecture has its own unique one. Since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the six northern prefectures (Fukushima, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, Akita and Aomori) have started holding all 6 prefectural festivals in one city, in an event known as Rokkonsai. In summer 2011 , the first...Read More

Yakushima Japan – Shiratani Unsuikyo

The second day walk we managed to squeeze in between typhoons on Yakushima was the spectacular ravine called Shiratani Unsuikyo. “Shiratani (白谷)” translates as “White-Valley” and this name is a reference to the whitish granite boulders strewn throughout the valley. “Unsuikyo (雲水峡)” translates as cloud & water gorge – and that part is fairly self explanatory upon...Read More

Yakushima Japan – Arakawa Hiking trail to Jomon Sugi

This month I visited a place I have had my eye on for years – Yakushima Island, just south of Kyushu in southern Japan. The interior of the island is a mountainous World Heritage listed area complete with wonderful ancient forests full of cedars, monkeys and deer. The island is accessed by air or sea, and we rode the...Read More

Thank You Hobart – From the Kids of Fukushima

Many of you will remember that last November Midori and I staged an exhibition in Hobart to raise funds for survivors of the North East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis. The response from the people of Hobart was heart warming, and we estimate approximately 1000 people visited the Waterfront Pavillion over the seven days...Read More

Fukushima Memorial March 8, 2012 – Hobart

Today in Hobart Greens Alderman Bill Harvey organised a gathering in rememberence of the triple disaster in Japan which occurred one year ago Sunday. The gathering started with a minutes silence for the victims of the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, 2011; and for the nuclear crisis which continued for basically the whole of 2011...Read More