One Year in Japan – A Photo Essay
It goes without saying that 2011 was a difficult year for everyone in Japan. As the country continues to mend in 2012, I hope the rest of the world does not forget the beauty that is everywhere here.
In 12 months, through four distinct seasons and an emotionally impactful year, it is Japan that taught me how to be strong, persevering and unafraid. For that, I am forever grateful.
Gyouden Park in Namerikawa on a snowy January morning
Hakuba Ski Resort in Nagano, Japan
Volunteers in Namerikawa, Japan pack boxes filled with relief items for victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Cherry blossoms in Kojo Park, Takaoka, Japan
Bonsai rooftop garden at Bonsai Guesthouse in Osaka, Japan
Sea of Japan sunset from Namerikawa
Creek in Kamiichi, Japan
Nebuta festival in Namerikawa, Japan
Owara Kaze no Bon Festival in Yatsuo, Japan
A traditional Japanese garden in Toyama, Japan
Design Festa in Tokyo
Two brothers enjoying candy canes at Namerikawa International Day
All of these photos were taken with my iPhone, Nikon Coolpix S6000 or Lumix G2.