Beautiful blue sky, a light smattering of clouds, and the sunshine sparkling off the river. This was taken during my lunchtime run, and yes, I am feeling virtuous!
The kitsune (fox) statues at Inari Shrines remain some of my favourite things in Japan. This one is at the Jorinji Shrine in Matsumoto. Worshippers often place hats and/or bibs on the statues as a sign of respect.
Matsumoto is proving to be the perfect place to slow things down, relax and unwind a little after the bright lights and near constant bustle of Osaka.
Street style in Matsumoto, Japan. So cute!
These lights are part of an art installation using recycled materials. They're largely made from recycled plastic shopping bags.
Yesterday was a day of shopping. The overwhelming range in Yodobashi Camera - if only I could fit it all in my suitcase. The lovely, girly fashions in the shop windows of Umeda. And finally, the bright, bright lights of Japan by night.
Yesterday we did the Choishi Michi (pilgrims' walk) to Koyasan, Japan. The walk itself was beautiful - 18km up and across mountain ridges, passing through fruit orchards, bamboo and pine forests. And the town of Koyasan itself was just as amazing as I had hoped. It's a buddhist monastery town filled with traditional buildings and a… Continue reading Resting. Koyasan, Japan.
This picture was taken in Dotonbori in Osaka - it's a sign for a restaurant. The amount of effort that goes into creating signs and advertising here is just amazing. Their advertising execs and graphic designers must be working on a whole other level.