Matsuo Basho on Kyoto

“In Kyoto,
hearing the cuckoo,
I long for Kyoto.“

Sakura – cherry blossom of Japan

“If I were asked to explain the Japanese spirit, I would say it is wild cherry blossoms glowing in the morning sun!”
— Motoori Norinaga –

Sakura, Japan

Sakura, Japan

The hanami (sakura viewing) period in Japan is almost over, but hard to forget! Here are some photographs to keep your memories alive…or to get you inspired for the next year!

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Sakura, cherry blossom

Sakura, cherry blossom

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“The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom”
— Saigyo –

Monkey busines

Japanese Macaque Nagano, Japan

Japanese Macaque baby (Macaca fuscata) in hot spring covering its face, Jigokudani National Park, Japan

Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkey (Macaca fuscata) is a species native to Japan. It is the most northern-living non-human primate. During my two-year stay in Japan I had several opportunities to meet these lovely creatures. The most rewarding, in term of photography, was the one in Jigokudani Monkey Park in the Japan Alps where the following photographs were made.