Color me Japan
I can’t believe it’s almost exactly a year ago that I signed my work contract with JAXA! It’s been a wonderful year of adventures and frustrations, a year of meeting amazing new friends, learning how to navigate life as an illiterate person, and last but not least a whole year of admiring Japan’s incredibly photogenic sights.
The rainy season has enveloped Tokyo in shades of dull gray this week – but it has also given me the chance to sift through my long backlog of photos, and remember all the colorful times. So, for this blog post, I’ve picked one photo representing each color, and a bonus picture representing the rainbow – all taken in Japan, and all taken within the past year. Hope you enjoy the selection!
Millions of paper cranes are offered each year to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, as prayers for peace and the end of all the world’s conflicts.
Red lampions adorn the Kwan Tai Temple in Yokohama’s famous Chinatown.
A couple enjoys strolling under the colorful canopy of a ginkgo alley in Showa Kinen Koen.
Bamboo forrest at the Hōkoku-ji temple in Kamakura.
Tokyo Midtown Illumination: an amazing installation of Christmas lights, placed in a country that doesn’t celebrate the holiday (Japan), and sponsored by a company from another country that doesn’t celebrate it (the Emirates airline). Ironic, but beautiful.
Night illumination of one of the giant wisteria trees at Ashikaga Flower Park.
Astounding carpets of blooming ground phlox (know in Japanese as “shibazakura”) at Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu, Saitama prefecture.
Layers upon layers of blossoms reflected on the pond of Inokashira Park in the sunrise light.