TokyoMango reader Gilles Losier took this photo that he describes as follows:
I was in Japan for 2 weeks in June. The second night of my visit in Japan when I was coming back from Akihabara going to my hostel located in Asakusa. When I walked threw Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate). Nakamise was so calm and peaceful, nothing like this during the day time.
Reader Jason Sedlaczek took this lovely photo of a purple umbrella sitting quietly at the foot of Gojo City Temple in Nara.
Love this slightly somber photo of Asakusa taken by TokyoMango reader Erik Katerborg.
TokyoMango reader Jay Horinouchi writes:
I made my aunt stop her car as we were driving by, because I thought a temple was on fire. But I soon realized it was a tiny shrine that had a bunch of red lanterns for lighting, which gave the surrounding sakura an awesome red diffused glow.
I believe this photo was also taken by reader Caiser, who submitted the pic of a Nara street that I posted last week.
TokyoMango reader Sam Koh writes:
Last year I spent 3 months in Sapporo, and here’s a picture that I took while I was wondering through the shopping centres one night.
Its the picture of a child reading a book while his mother goes shopping.
I love it, especially that it’s in black and white!
TokyoMango reader Miss Birdie says:
This is a photo I took in Miyajima Koen. It makes me want to return to Japan again every year.
Photo by TokyoMango reader Morag Kewell
John O’Leary, a science teacher at my high school in Tokyo, took this amazing photograph of a boy running with a rickshaw at a school event circa 1980s.
A lovely and somewhat sad photo showing the aftermath of the earthquake in Shizuoka today.
The Mainichi has a lovely photo gallery from the lunar eclipse seen in Japan on Wednesday.
Reader Natalie Buxton took this photo of monkeys playing in the snow in Nagano. It’s getting really hot in Tokyo and much of the rest of the world right about now &mdash hopefully this pic will help some of us cool off.
Remember the story from a few months ago about the Colonel Sanders statue that came floating onto a riverbank after being stolen from a KFC in Osaka over 20 years ago and chucked overboard? Well, here’s a picture of him next to a newer version of himself. I think he looks much more approachable without the glasses and the makeup and the white suit. The happy human behind them is the president of KFC Japan, who no doubt eats a lot of chicken… or does he?
Reader Joel took this photo at Ochanomizu Station in Tokyo. He says:
Every time I think of Tokyo I think of riding the trains, so, for me, the best pics of Tokyo are all about commuting.
TokyoMango reader Martijn Kuik, who took this photo, writes:
In May last year I traveled through Tohoku together with my Japanese wife, at times in the footsteps of Matsuo Basho on a journey he took in the spring of 1689.
I visited a temple called Houjusan-Risshakuji, also known as “Yamadera”, near Yamagata city. This temple was founded in 860 by Jikaku Daishi, a priest of the Tendai sect who founded many of the most important temples in Tohoku. After climbing 1100 stairs one reaches the main tempel building and one can’t help but be overwhelmed by the magnificent view.
In “Oku no Hosomichi” Matsuo Basho writes:
How still it is here-
Stinging into the stones,
The locusts’ trill.
I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this temple and its surroundings.
There’s a small photo exhibit at the Japan Information Center in San Francisco featuring the works of Andy Heffernan, who spent four Sundays in Harajuku snapping pics of interesting characters, like this girl in a red jumpsuit, pink Birkenstocks, a fake scar and mustache on her face, perfectly shaped eyebrows, and a Burberry shopping bag.
The exhibit is from June 18 to July 30. It’s at 50 Fremont Street, Suite 2200, in SF. Link
Daikichi Amano is a wonderfully talented photographer who takes horror portraits of Japanese people.
Daikichi Amano main page via Pink Tentacle
Photo by reader P. Lam, who says:
This picture was taken at Hell’s Valley in Noboribetsu, a Hot Springs Paradise!
Beautiful nature exists in Japan, too.
Beautiful photo of the Hiroshima Memorial by reader Phil White in Cambridge, UK.