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.

2 Comments on “One Year in Japan – A Photo Essay”

  1. Pingback: My Second Year in Japan – A Photo Essay | Stories from the Inaka

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