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POTW: Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

This week’s featured Japan photo is a close-up shot of the imposing castle at Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. There’s no beating about the bush: it’s an evil-looking thing! The black and white colourings and bare stone wall surrounded by a featureless lake make it look like a bleak prospect for any would-be attackers. Although centuries old, the castle has been through a number of different incarnations, largely due to falling foul of arson. The last major revamp of the castle was during the heralded “Meiji Period”, in the early 20th century.

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POTW: Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji, Japan

I thought it would be nice to start a series of weekly photographs I’ve taken in Japan. The first ever in the series is a particularly special photo: it’s of the immense Mount Fuji, taken from Lake Kawaguchi. The reason it’s so special is that Mt Fuji is normally covered at least partially in cloud; it’s very rare to see it in all its glory in a cloudless sky. I appreciate how lucky I was to snap Fuji in this serene state!

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