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February 23 2013

The Fire-bucket monument - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Asakusa Shrine, Senso-ji, Tokyo

While visiting the traditional areas of Japan, right in front of some shops or restaurants, you may notice small stacks of wooden buckets, carefully placed on large barrels. They originate from the times when the fire was a constant menace in the Japanese cities. Many precautions were taken to prevent the fires and the firemen were requesting the shop owners to keep close a constant provision of water.

Of course, today these buckets are just decorations or in some cases even monuments. The one you can see in today’s photo is a monument to honor the firemen, raised at the Asakusa Shrine from Tokyo.

February 22 2013

The asymmetric twin JR Central Towers - via A Japan Photo per Day -

View from Midland Square, JR Central Towers, Nagoya

The headquarters of the Central Japan Railway Company from Nagoya is an impressive structure from any point of view, but I discovered a place that really highlights its spectacular architecture: the glass-walled elevator of the nearby Midland Square skyscraper.

The beauty of the building is in the asymmetry of the two towers: the tower from the right, called the Office Tower, is taller (245 meters), thicker and it starts right from the base of the building, while the tower from the left, the Hotel Tower, starts at the 20th story and it is shorter by 19 meters. The asymmetry continues on the lower part of the building, where the elevators are placed right under the Hotel Tower, complementing it…

February 21 2013

The Moss-Covered God - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Mizukake Fudo Statue, Hozen-ji Temple, Namba, Osaka

The coin offerings box in front of the Buddhist temples (saisenbako) is almost omnipresent in Japan. But there are some unusual cases, when the offerings are of a different kind…

At Hozen-ji, a temple located close to the Dotonbori area from Osaka, you will find a very unusual statue, with an equally unusual custom: in front of the statue there’s a bowl of water and, instead of offerings, the visitors are… splashing the statue with water! The statue represents the god Fudo Myo-o (Acala by the Sanscrit name), a wrathful god (see here a typical Fudo Myo-o statue), one of the most respected and loved deities in Japan, and because of this custom, the statue is called Mizukake Fudo (mizu means “water"). Today, after many years of water-splashing, the statue is completely covered by moss and it doesn’t seem so wrathful anymore. Only the flames from the back (which are said to burn the evil) are reminiscent of the original, frightening image…

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February 19 2013

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February 17 2013

The Bridge from the Rurouni Kenshin movie - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki, Okayama

The merchant neighborhood from Kurashiki, Okayama, known as the Bikan Historical Quarter, is one of the places in Japan where time seems to have stopped, the whole area still looking like at the end of the Edo period. To preserve this feeling, not even electric poles were installed and only a few shops with modern merchandise reminds you that you’re actually in the 21st century.

In such a wonderful setting, if you film carefully, you can make a beautiful historical scene. And that’s exactly what has been done for the recent Rurouni Kenshin movie, the most recent adaptation of the manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki. If you already saw the movie, you probably remember the scene of the fight between Kenshin and Sanosuke, on the bridge near the Akabeko restaurant. That was filmed in the Kurashiki Historical Quarter and the bridge is the one in this photo…

February 04 2013

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January 26 2013

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January 25 2013

the big question
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January 23 2013

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January 20 2013

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January 18 2013

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