After almost one year of silence (on this blog) I am happy to be back. I was busy working on another project (a book, more about that in a future post). And: my old (2014) Macmini became soo sloww that it wasn’t fun to edit and upload photos and stories anymore. So now, with a brand new and fast machine, here is: JAPAN.

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Mount Fuji.
Taken from the Shinzen Bullettrain, on our way from Tokyo to Kyoto


We spent a few days in Tokyo first. Crazy city. Big, Large, Enormous, Gigantic! And rather pleasant. It’s clean, going from one place to another is easy by metro and train, there are lots of interesting things to see, and great food to be found everywhere. And it’s a photography heaven.

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Restaurant in Tokyo.
As a foreigner it is sometimes not easy to see from the outside that the place is actually a restaurant.
Upon entering you’ll find that it’s often very lively and cosy.
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Shinjuku, Tokyo.
This is one of the many neighborhoods in this vast city


A year ago I watched a documentary with David Bull, a Canadian living in Tokyo for over 30 years (here’s a link to the trailer). He learned himself the art of traditional Japanese woodblock carving (Ukiyo-e). I went to his shop and took a short intro class and made my own little print. And I also bought an original Ukiyo-e print from Toshi Yoshida, made in 1938 (see https://mokuhankan.com/catalogue/NS11.php)

Ukiyo-e woodblock print by Toshi Yoshida (1938)

In the same street, 80 years later, the situation has changed a little bit… But the idea of advertising and shopping is comparable.

‘ Shinjuku’
Digital File / Photograph by Geert Schuite (2019)

I bought a little stamp with my name in Japanese characters:

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Space is scarce in Tokyo, so most cars are very compact and they are parked in efficient high-rise buildings with special car lifts.
Office buildings and trees near the emperor’s palace.


We took the bullet train to Kyoto: a totally different atmosphere. Another world: hardly high-rise buildings, a temple around each corner; an old-fashioned city.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest (Kyoto)
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In small groups, girls from all over Japan spend a day strolling the old city center. In kimono.
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Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. (source: www.japan-guide.com)
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Tenryuji Dai-houjo Zen Temple. We paid a mindful and meditative visit to this great temple and its beautiful Sogenchi gardens.
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Lonely biker in the gardens of the Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Kyoto Gyoen Bairin (Plum Forest)
(ode aan Vincent)

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