Summer lantern festivals in Tokyo

Paper lanterns and stunning sunset colors in Odaiba.

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In summer, when neither fields of flowers, nor colorful autumn leaves, nor Christmas light decorations are around, Japan indulges in a spectacle of night lights, including Hanabi (firework shows) and lantern festivals. This is a collection of photos taken during two lantern festivals in July 2015: the Mitama Matsuri at … Continue reading

Tokyo Christmas lights

The tunnel of blue lights at Shiodome.

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Although Christmas in Japan isn’t an actual official holiday, Tokyo probably sports some of the most impressive displays of Christmas lights in the world. So enjoy these photos as you get into the holiday spirit – and if you’re in Tokyo, go check out these places in person, we promise … Continue reading

Autumn in Kyoto

A zoomed-in view of a pond at the Hogonin temple in Arashiyama shows fallen leaves floating on the surface, while the water reflects an image of the red maple trees above in the late afternoon light.

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Formerly the imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, the City of Ten Thousand Shrines is famous for its temples – especially so during the autumn foliage, when the temple gardens put on a spectacle of colours that is quite probably unique in the world. This season, we went to Kyoto to … Continue reading

Aerial views of the Bay Area

The shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge against the setting sun, with just a hint of the typical San Francisco fog.

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A bit like our astrophotography posts, this gallery was born at another crossroads of our hobbies: Norbi as a private pilot (often joined by our friend Aurelien), and Aurora as the shutterbug – all in the context of the beautiful setting that is the Bay Area.

A weekend in Maui

Sunrise at the summit of the Haleakala volcano (about 10,000 ft). In the distance, you can see the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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In the beginning of October, we spent a long weekend visiting fellow photographer and friend Karim Iliya in Maui, Hawaii. As always, shooting with him is a fun, inspiring, creative and productive process – here are some of the results.

Money laundering

This is a photo taken at the Zeniarai Benzaiten shrine in Kamakura, during a very inspiring photography trip with the Tokyo Digital Artists Group. This small Shinto shrine is very popular, despite its small size, because the waters of a spring in its cave are said to be able to multiply the money washed in it – so, locals and tourists alike come here to wash 1000-yen bills but also, occasionally, wallets and credit cards.

Money laundering

Blood Moon in the garden

This is the second in a row of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, photographed on October 8th from our garden in Menlo Park, CA. If you’ve missed it, here’s our photo of the first total lunar eclipse in this series of four taken in April from much the same location. This time around, we kept true to the name of our blog and added a little pink flavour to the composition:

The second in a row of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, photographed on October 8th from our garden in Menlo Park, CA.

And here is a more conventional photo. You can see the stars come out as the Moon is dimmed – and not only the stars! The bright point to the left of the Moon, about a lunar diameter away from its limb, is the planet Uranus.

Total lunar eclipse on October 8th, 2014.