Kamo River Embankment, Kyoto

In June I was very lucky to visit Japan for the first time in my life. This trip should have happened long time ago, but somehow did not develop. My wife’s sister lives in Japan for more than 10 years and every year she invites us to visit her and her family. She is married to a Japanese and they have three lovely daughters. They live in Hadano, Kanagawa prefecture, in the old traditional Japanese house with rice paper walls and sliding doors. We stayed in their house for 2 weeks and were able to see Japanese way of life from the first person view.

Japan is absolutely fantastic country with very hospitable people, stunning nature and magnificent architecture. It is kind of paradise for any landscape and urban photographer. Though it was a family visit and its imposes certain restrictions – the main focus of this trip was not a photography, but our Japanese relatives. And still we were able to arrange two short detours – one to Kyoto and the other to Tokyo. During these trips I had a lot of photo opportunities and spent most of sunrises and sunsets in the wonderful places with my camera mounted on my tripod.

In upcoming posts I am going to show you some of the best photos I captured during my Japanese vacations – stay tuned!

Kamo River and Shijo Dori Bridge in the Evening, Kyoto, Japan
June 2015, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/8, shutter speed 1.6 seconds, ISO 200, tripod.

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