A Jungle Crow is harassing a feral cat in Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. The cat just got up and walked away.
An Ochin'yama Black Pine in Hama-rikyu Gardens. The garden is an example of the Edo Period.
This is a Japanese Green Pheasant in the rice field of Oi Town in Kanagawa Prefecture. The Green Pheasant is the Japanese national bird.
These are Japanese White-eyes bathing in a bird bath on Gongen-yama in Hadano City.
Maguro being prepared at Tsukiji Fish Market.
Tokyo City View from the 52nd floor observation deck of the Mori Art Museum in the Roppongi Hills district.
Shopping in the Yanaka Ginza District which survived both the 1923 earthquake and the 1945 bombing.
Edo-Tokyo Museum - Palaquin to carry damiyo's and other priviledged people.
Japanese Macaque at Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture.
Matsumoto Castle - A National Treasure and a good example of a fortified "flatland" castle. It is also known as the "Crow Castle" because of it's black color. History dates back to 1504.
Daio-Wasabi Farm - Largest wasabi farm in Japan at 37 acres and irrigated by spring water.
Daio-wasabi Farm - Guide Mariko has a laugh with an expert from Daio.
A view of the Japanese Alps from Matsumoto. The Alps are 9800 feet high and are second to only Mt Fuji.
Tsumago-juku Honjin - This was the room where traveling feudal lords and nobles stayed while traveling on the Nakasendo road.
Tsumago-juku Waki-honjin - This was the room where the family and staff of the Honjin keeper lived.
Tsumago - A former post town on the Nakasendo. It reflects Edo Period architecture.
Takayama - Miyagawa Morning Market
Takayama - Calligrapher working at Miyagawa Morning Market
Takayama - Jinyamae Morning Market
Takayama - Trying some free samples at the Miyagawa Market.
Takayama - A 1200 year old Ginkgo biloba tree at the Kokubu-ji, the oldest temple in town, founded in 746.
Takayama - War Surplus store in the old part of town.
Takayama - Festival Float Museum
Shirakawago Sake Festival - Lion Dance
Shirakawago Sake Festival - Dancer
Shirakawago - Ogi-machi gassho style village
Kanazawa - Ochaya Shima. Street lined with houses with big red lattice doors, reminding us of feudal days.
Kanazawa - Ougon Kura, Literally translated "Gold Store House"
Kanazawa - Higashi Chaya District. Edo period architecture.
Kanazawa - Higashi Kuruwa, a high class pleasure quarter where geishas performed Japanese fine arts.
Kanazawa - Kotojitoro Lantern at Kenrokuen Gardens
Kanazawa - Path in Kenrokuen Gardens
Kyoto - Rokuon-ji Temple a World Cultural Heritage site.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Entrance - The fox is carrying the key to the rice grainary in his mouth. The spirit of the fox is the Inari Okami's (god of harvest) servant.
Fushimi Inari-taisha - Each torii was donated by a local business, there are over 10,000 toriis.
Fushimi Inari-taisha - Path leads through thousands of torii to the top. Make a wish - "Your wishes will come through the gate..."