A Visit to Japan’s Snow Monkey Park – A Look in the Mirror

Ever since I watched the PBS Nature episode about Japanese snow monkeys, I hoped that one day I might be able to see them in person. In the winter of 2016 when my husband and I visited japan, we took the opportunity for a visit to Japan’s Snow Monkey Park. The experience with the snow monkeys was as engaging and entertaining as anything I could have wished for. In many ways, it was like looking in a mirror.

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Photo Inspirations

This week’s inspiration is in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s real birthday which is today, Jan. 15. Sharing one of Dr. King’s more than 200 memorable quotes.

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A Day in Miyajima – Japan’s Most Sacred Island

Miyajima, Japan is most famous for the photos of its floating torii gate. But this lovely little island offers up lots of gorgeous scenery, both man made and natural. Read on to find out about my experiences as I spent a day in Miyajima.

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Photo Inspirations

With the beginning of a new year comes goal setting and resolutions. One of my resolutions is to continue to inspire you.  To that end, I am starting a new series featuring my favorite travel photos combined with my favorite quotes.

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The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park – A Continuing Classroom for Peace

As a teenager, I learned about the devastating effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. As an adult many years later, I visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park, and encountered present day Japanese teenagers learning their history in this living classroom for peace.

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Reflections From 2017

I love taking reflection photos.  There is something about the symmetry of a perfect mirror image that never gets old for me. Or the juxtaposition of the inside and the outside of a window reflection.  As a result I am always drawn to photographing reflections. Sometimes the reflections make up the whole photo and sometimes they are just a small element, but  with each trip, I always come back with a few more.

Here are my favorites from 2017, at the same time, chronicling my travels for this year. 

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Photo POSTcard: Finding Christmas in Japan

During my trip to Japan this November, I was surprised at how many Christmas decorations I saw throughout my travels. I did not expect to find Christmas in Japan.

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In the Shadow of Mt. Fuji – A Day In Kawaguchico Japan

The graceful curves of a Geisha wearing a kimono. The rotund shape of a groaning sumo wrestler. The stately orange beams of a torii gate. An artistic plate of freshly caught sushi. The large eyes of a manga cartoon charter. The serenity of a perfectly raked gravel rock garden. I don’t know if there is another country that has so many single identifiable images associated with its culture. All of these images speak the word Japan as clearly as if it were yelled from the mountain tops. But if there is one iconic image that stands high above the rest when it comes to symbolizing the soul of Japan, it is Mt. Fuji.

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A Day In Nikko, Japan – Taking a Tour Versus Independent Travel

The shrines and temples of Nikko, one of Japan’s 21 UNESCO listed sites, are an easy day trip from Tokyo. You can do a day in Nikko either as a tour from Tokyo, or you can go there independently. Either option has its pros and cons. Read my recommendations for a complete Nikko trip experience.

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Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Japan – A Kaleidoscope of Colors and Shapes

The centerpiece and most visited attraction of the Nikko UNESCO World Heritage site is the Toshogu shrine. This final resting place for Tokugawa Ieyasu is like a peacock among the pigeons, an extravagant and elaborately colorful showpiece dedicated to the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate that ruled Japan for almost 300 years.

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