Japan, Spring 2008

A group of geisha women cross the street in Kyoto

A group of geisha women cross the street in Kyoto

The Itsukushima Shrine at high tide

The Itsukushima Shrine at high tide

A monkey patrols near the top of Mt. Miyajima

A monkey patrols near the top of Mt. Miyajima

A haunting silhouette in Hiroshima

A haunting silhouette in Hiroshima

Small figurines sold for luck

Small figurines sold for luck

A tranquil garden nestled in the middle of a museum

A tranquil garden nestled in the middle of a museum

An imposing statue stands at a Shinto Shrine

An imposing statue stands at a Shinto Shrine

A Shinto priest walks over burning logs during a spring ceremony

A Shinto priest walks over burning logs during a spring ceremony

A young boy clutches a prayer stick and looks on to a Shinto spring ceremony

A young boy clutches a prayer stick and looks on to a Shinto spring ceremony

A Shinto priest prepares for a spring ceremony

A Shinto priest prepares for a spring ceremony

An elderly couple offer prayers and bow at a Shinto shrine

An elderly couple offer prayers and bow at a Shinto shrine

An elderly couple review prayer boards at a Shinto Shrine

An elderly couple review prayer boards at a Shinto Shrine

A young couple comes out of a popular street at night

A young couple comes out of a popular street at night

A group of school boys view the Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

A group of school boys view the Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

The never-ending Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

The never-ending Torii Gates at the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Young girls offer prayers and bows at a Torii Gate in a Shinto shrine

Young girls offer prayers and bows at a Torii Gate in a Shinto shrine

Shoppers crowd the dark alleys of a popular market in Kyoto

Shoppers crowd the dark alleys of a popular market in Kyoto

A woman crosses the street in Kyoto

A woman crosses the street in Kyoto

A young woman protects herself with a surgical mask in a subway in Osaka

A young woman protects herself with a surgical mask in a subway in Osaka

A group of school children migrate through a subway station in Osaka

A group of school children migrate through a subway station in Osaka

A boy rides his bike to baseball practice after school

A boy rides his bike to baseball practice after school

A closer view of the architecture of Hikone Castle

A closer view of the architecture of Hikone Castle

A young boy loses his balloon during a baseball game in Osaka

A young boy loses his balloon during a baseball game in Osaka

The last train of the night in Tokyo

The last train of the night in Tokyo

A group of geisha women chat together in Kyoto

A group of geisha women chat together in Kyoto

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