Ouchi-juku 大内宿 is a historical town that have preserved structures with traditional thatched roof buildings that are over 300 years old. In the Edo period (1603-1867) Ouchi-juku was a town that served people traveling between Aizu and Nikko. Ouchi-juku is also famous for handmade soba noodles eaten with negi (onion). Ouchi-juku has several annual festivals, one during the second weekend of February for the Ouchi-juku Snow Festival, and the Hange Mid-Summer Festival in July. If you have time please visit and support Ouchi-juku located in Fukushima Prefecture.
A heat wave grips the nation
But San Francisco has fog
Winter rains and marsh wetlands
Makes the last reminder of spring
The 70 meter Yudaki Falls is a majestic sight. It is located on the Yu-River flowing down to Lake Chuzenji in Nikko National Park. The waterfall is located in Tochigi Prefecture and it also has lakes, reservoirs, and valleys originated by volcanic activity. There are also historic world-heritage temples and shrines and nature surrounding it.
Photograph taken at Shirakawa-go 白川郷 in Gifu Prefecture.
Please go away birds
to protect our fields
provide food for others
for the next harvest
Alviso Slough Trail at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in San Jose
The gentle wind
The silent waves
The morning sun
The wildlife refuge