Tsuruga-jo Castle

Tsuruga-jo Castle 鶴ヶ城 is the symbol of Aizu and located in Aizu-Wakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture. It was known as an invincible castle as it lasted one month against an enemy during the end of the Edo era 1868-1869. But in 1874 it was torn down into stone walls. Later it was rebuilt in 1965 and also in 2011 it went through a major facelift. You can view cherry blossoms in the spring and fall leaves in autumn. The address is 1-1 Outemachi, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima, 965-0873. For more information please contact: info@tsurugajo.com

Minowabashi

Minowabashi or “Joyful Minowa” is a local shopping street located in Arakawa-ku in Tokyo. It is 400 meter long street with inexpensive food and produce vendors and bargain shops. The main characteristic of the street are friendly vendors who make the neighborhood an inviting place to visit. To access please take the Hibiya subway line and exit at the Minowa Station. Minowabashi is only a five minute walk from the station.

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Night Time



Taken at San Jose Japantown February 2022. Photograph was taken by using the rear-curtain sync setting from my camera and flash (flash fired after shutter is released so you only see the lights of passing vehicle)

Night life brings

Fleeting moments

And memories

Shinjuku


Studio Alta is one of Shinjuku’s prime meeting spots with it’s large screen. Photo taken in the 1990’s


Shinjuku is a major district in Tokyo that is known for skyscrapers, shopping and electronic stores, and a lively dining and entertainment district. Another interesting site worth visiting in Shinjuku is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and it’s observation decks and picturesque views of Tokyo. Shinjuku is known as the world’s busiest train station with ten platforms that serve 20 tracks and 12 train links, and more than 3.6 million daily passengers using the station. To access Shinjuku Station you can take JR Lines: Yamamote Line, Chuo Main Line Rapid, Chuo Rapid Line, Chuo-Sobu Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, and Saikyo Line. Non-JR lines to access Shinjuku are: Odakyu Electric Railway, Keio Lines, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, and Toei Subway’s Toei Shinjuku and Toei Oedo lines.

Kitamae Yokocho in Sakata Yamagata Prefecture

Kitamae Yokocho food village in Sakata

Kitamae Yokocho (alleyway) in Sakata Yamagata Prefecture is a food village in the Nakamichi District opened by young chefs in Sakata. At the food village there are many small izakaya’s (drinks and shared inexpensive food). This is a place where locals eat and they serve yakitori, ramen, and other izakaya-style food. On the weekends you can also listen to music.

https://sakatacity.com/

Taisho-Roman Street Kawagoe

Taisho-Roman Street Kawagoe 2019

You can enjoy the retro atmosphere with Machiyazukuri (old merchant-house architecture) and western signs of the Taisho period at Taisho-Roman Street in Kawagoe, Japan. There are some merchant houses that date back to the Edo Period in the early 20th century and also many new merchants like cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants. The streets of Taisho-Roman Street are made of granite stone pathways. Kawagoe is also called Little Edo because of many 1603-1868 buildings and they are used in Japanese television dramas and movies. Rail access to Kawagoe: Tobu Tojo Line (From Ikebukuro to Kawagoe) Express 31 minutes, 450 yen. Seibu Shinjuku Line (Seibu Shinjuku to Kawagoe) Limited Express 43 minutes,890 yen. JR Kawagoe Line (Shinjuku to Kawagoe) Local 60 minutes, 760 yen.

https://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/

Cat Mural

Painted by Roan Victor, a painter, muralist, educator, & cat lover

This photograph was taken in front of the Dancing Cat, an open and cage-free environment of formally homeless adult cats that hopefully find a new home with families. The Dancing Cat is a non-profit organization cat adaption lounge based in downtown San Jose. It’s purpose is to find homes for at-risk adult cats from the San José Animal Care Center in a cage-less environment where they can socialize with people and other cats and eventually find a new home. When visiting you only need to pay $10 for one hour to socialize with the cats. The Dancing Cat is mostly run by volunteers and generous donations in the community.

https://www.thedancingcat.org/

Asukayama Park Tokyo

Asukayama Park in Kita-ku Tokyo

Asukayama Park is a public park near Oji station in Kita-ku in Northern Tokyo. It is known for Cherry Blossom viewing during the beginning of Springtime with over 600 Japanese cherry trees. It’s history started during the 18th century, when, shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa (1684-1751) built the premises for Edo’s (Tokyo) population. It was one of first public parks in Tokyo. In addition, one can watch the JR Keihin-Tohoku and the Tohoku Shinkansen pass by from the pedestrian crosswalk near the South exit of the Oji Station. To access Asukuyama Park get off at either 1. Oji Station: JR Keihin-Tohoku Line or Tokyo Metro Namboku Line 2. Asukayama Station: Toden Arakawa Line 3. Oji-Ekimae Station: Toden Arakawa Line.

Kochi Castle

Kochi Castle in Kochi on the Island of Shikoku in Japan. In the 1990’s I brought my photography students for a home stay in Kochi.

In 1588 Kochi Castle was completed by lord Chosokabe Motochika but later in 1600 lord Yamanouchi Kazutoyo took control over the castle. Kochi Prefecture was then called Tosa province back then. The castle was completed in 1611 after 10 years of construction. Much of the original fortress burned down in 1727 and it was reconstructed between 1729 and 1753 in the original style. The castle has retained its original stonework structure and is not a replica like other castles in Japan. It is also the only castle in Japan to retain both its original main keep and its palace. Kochi Castle is located in the city of Kochi on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

https://kochipark.jp/kochijyo/

https://visitkochijapan.com/en