Fushimi-ku in Kyoto

kyoto-torii

It was a magical night in Kyoto, photographing torii. Torii are the traditional Japanese gates that mark the entrance to Shinto shrines. This one is at the entrance of Fushimi-ku in Kyoto, Japan.

Tilt-Shift Itsukushima Shrine

tilt-shift-itsukushima

Photographed and enhanced with tilt-shifting last year during low tide, the Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社), is a Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima). It is in the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures. Every day the water floods the whole torii gate and it appears to be floating.

Alishan Forest Light

Alishan Forest Light

Walking down the Alishan mountain in Taiwan, when suddenly – just for a few moments – I find these sunrays shining through the misty way!

Alishan Mountain Light

Alishan Mountain Light

“From a distant land in the east, from across the sea…” – Shenmue

This is the dawn view from the Alishan mountain in Taiwan. Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yüshan. The area is also famous for its production of high mountain tea and wasabi.