An Ancient Maritime Mystery, Japan.

An area known as the Twin Megaliths at the Yonaguni Monument -Vincent Lou, Wikimedia // CC BY 2.0 In 1986, a diver looking for a good spot to watch hammerhead sharks off the coast of the Ryukyu Islands in Japan came across an extraordinary underwater landscape. The area reportedly looked like an ancient submerged village, […]

‘Flowers in Ice’.

Botanic artist Makoto Azuma has added a completely new spin on the concept of ‘putting it on ice’. These stunning images depict a range of exotic flowers encapsulated in ice to preserve and present new characteristics, which might have otherwise been overlooked. This particular set of works was exhibited in Japan last week, but due […]

Japanese Hand-Tinted Postcards, c. 1900.

These hand-tinted Japanese postcards are part of an exhibit titled “The Traveler’s Eye.” The postcards, produced in the early 20th century as Western visits to Japan increased in volume, show off the skills of Japan’s photo colorists. The art of hand-tinting photographs, write the curators of a Harvard exhibit on the early photography of Japan, […]

Snowfall on a Deserted Platform.

Photograph by Akinori Koseki, National Geographic Your Shot. Your Shot member Akinori Koseki was the only one on the train platform in the wee hours of the morning during this snowstorm in Fukushima, Japan. The photographer caught this train conductor checking his watch just moments before the 5:30 a.m. train was due to pull out […]

Body Art by Chooo-san.

Can you believe that these body modifications are created without using any digital editing software? They are the painted works of a Japanese artist known simply as Chooo-san. We first came across the unusually realistic body art of the 19-year-old Musashino Art University student this past summer and in a matter of months she has […]

Pikachus on the March in Yokohama.

Performers dressed as Pikachu, a character from the Pokémon media franchise, march during the Pikachu Outbreak event at night in Yokohama, Japan, on 8 August, 2019. A total of 2,000 Pikachus appeared around the city’s landmarks in the Minato Mirai area, aiming to attract visitors and tourists to the city. Image Credit: Photograph by Tomohiro […]

Tokyo Skyline at Dusk from Mori Tower.

Tokyo, Japan Here the Skyline is seen at dusk from the Roppongi Hills, Mori Tower, Tokyo. Image Credit: Photograph by Jae C Hong/AP Source: Thieving magpie and a self-defence class: Monday’s best photos | News | The Guardian

After the Bomb, Hiroshima.

Takeoka Chisaka, Hiroshima, Japan One morning in August 1945, I was walking home from the night shift at a factory in Hiroshima. As I reached my door, there was a huge explosion. When I came to, my head was bleeding and I had been blasted 30m away. The atomic bomb had detonated. When I found […]

The Sadness of ‘Drunkard’s Heaven.’

Photos of Japanese men passed-out on their way home from nomikai social functions, an important part of corporate culture in Japan designed to bring colleagues closer together. Workers are often paid a specific allowance to make sure they have no excuses for not attending which leads many businessmen to drink to excess. Japanese custom dictates […]

Black & White Images by Jim Mikami.

Incredible black and white architectural photography bathes Japan in a darker light by Jin Mikami. by Katy Cowan There is very little known about Japanese photographer Jin Mikami. Only that he creates the most stunning black and white architectural photography of his beloved home country, Japan. Exploring places such as Tokyo and Osaka – he […]