Image Page on Japan

Include pictures, and at least one panorama image, and a webcam image from two different times.


  1. Landscapes
  2. Cities
  3. Landmarks
  4. Images of People
  5. Images from the book


1 Landscapes

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A serene view of a river and Japan’s iconic cherry blossoms.  Cherry blossoms are very much beloved in Japan, as they are both beautiful and signify the start of spring.  In the background is Mt. Fuji, an iconic natural landmark for the Japanese that can be seen at many different places throughout the country.  This picture gives one a sense of calmness, from the deep blue water, to the bright pink cherry blossoms and then the snow-capped peak of Mt. Fuji.

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Pictured here is Kudaka island, one of the Ryukyu islands south of mainland Japan.  The environment on these islands are tropical, entirely different from the mainland.  The vegetation on this island is dense and the oceans are a deep blue.  The people who are native here are Ryukyuan, and they have their own unique culture and religion.  This island is known as the island of the gods to the Ryukyuan’s and is a holy place.


A body of water with a mountain in the background

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Japanese rice patty farm in the countryside.  Across Japan you can find rice patties, rice is a staple crop and is eaten with almost every meal.  Rice must be flooded in order to grow so that’s why you see raised ground for people to walk around it.  Rural Japan is often very forested and hilly, as you can see in this photo, the mountains in the background make a very nice view with their snowcapped peaks. 

Panorama taken from the summit of Mt. Fuji, tons of people start early in the morning to climb the mountain and watch the sunrise.  The people here rest atop the clouds and you can almost see the sun starting to set.  You can see in this picture that there are buildings at the top of the mountain, some of which you can stay in overnight. 

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Webcam image of Japan’s famous bathing monkeys.   Up in Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, it gets very cold and snows frequently.  These monkeys however have adapted to live around and bath in hot springs located all around the country.  Japan is located within the ring of fire, so hot springs are somewhat common, it also means that Japan experiences a lot of earth quakes too.  In the center of the picture we can see a baby monkey picking bugs out of an adult,  at first glance it looks like they are bathing each other. 

2 Cities

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Pictured here is the Tokyo metro at night.  Tokyo is a very vertical city, with many people living in a small area.  You can see from the amount of lights that there is much going on even at night.  The obvious center of the photo is the Tokyo Tower, a radio tower built in the likeness of the Eiffel Tower.  It serves the dual purpose of broadcasting and tourism.  NHK public radio is broadcast throughout Tokyo and hundreds of people each day go to the top and can even eat at the Tokyo Tower restaurant. 

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Pictured here is Osaka’s Dotonbori district, a popular tourist destination, filled with bright neon screens along a canal.  This picture reminds me both of Las Vegas and Blade Runner’s Los Angeles.  Although this picture is at night the city is still illuminated and people are out and about, enjoying the night life.  

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Pictured here is Kyoto, a beautiful and historical city in Japan.  Kyoto has an older, quiet small-town feel compared to Tokyo being a very modern, crowded and busy city.  This picture shows Japan’s sort of dual identity.  It’s a very old country with deep history and traditions, yet also a very progressive and modern one.  The couple is dressed in traditional clothes, while walking down a brick road, and the houses have a very old look to them.  Yet there is a modern car, powerlines, and sewer manholes.  Although Japan is a modern country influenced by western culture, they still have their own identity. 

A group of people walking on a city street

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Webcam image of Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing.  A popular shopping district within Tokyo, featured in many movies and a common tourist destination.  You can see in this image the sheer amount of foot traffic taking place in this small area, it is absolutely mind blowing.  It seems as if there is no order, and no rhyme or reason to the traffic but everyone has a place in mind they are going and so the flow of traffic stays orderly. 

3 Landmarks

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Pictured here is the Fushimi Inari-Taisha, in Kyoto.  It is part of a Shinto shrine that goes all the way up to a mountain, in this path are a thousand of these gates or torii.  Torri are part of Shinto belief and they mark the transition from the regular to the sacred.  This particular stretch of torii is know as Senbon Torii, going back to the 1600’s in which people would donate a torii in order to have their wishes granted. 

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Pictured is the expansive Himeji Castle, a hilltop fortress built during Japans feudal period in the 1300’s.  It has survived for 600 years and withstood World War II and many earthquakes.  Over the years it has been rebuilt and remodeled.  Although a tool of warfare back in the day, the architecture combined with the landscaping is very beautiful.  In the feudal period I am sure it would have been rather imposing, but today it is a great piece of history and just shows the sheer depth of Japanese history.

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This photo is of the Daibutsu or Great Buddha in Nara, although Japan’s official religion is Shintoism there are many practicing Buddhist and Japan has a long history of Buddhism.  This statue was built in the 750’s at a time when Nara was the capital of Japan, this massive statue is made entirely out of bronze.  Buddhism originally made its way from India to Japan, and over time turned into its own unique form of Buddhism, this monument goes to show the importance of Buddhism in Japanese cultural identity.

4 Images of People
A group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera

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A picture featuring Japanese “Salary men” (and woman).  Salarymen are white-collar businessmen employed by large companies straight out of high school or college.  They are often expected to work with their company for the rest of their lives.  Their lives are usually depicted as being very bleak, as they work long hours in a depressing corporate setting, often pressured by society into this lifestyle.  Modern Japanese are trying to get away from this kind of lifestyle.  In this picture you everyone is dressed in the same colored suit and many people wear an exhausted and stressed out look on their faces.

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Picture depicting rush hour commuters on a Tokyo subway.  Tokyo is notorious for having jam packed subway systems, even to the extent of having “pushers” to cram people into the crowded subway cars.  The people in this picture mostly seem like they’re trying to mind their own business, either by reading or putting in headphones.  Although these people are in an uncomfortable setting, they seem rather used to it and accept it as a fact of life.

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This picture is of a traditional Japanese Shinto wedding.  Modern Japanese people often choose to have western style wedding that we would recognize here in the United States.  This wedding takes place at a Shinto shrine, the bride and groom share an umbrella with two shrine maidens at their sides.  Their family is also standing behind them.  Although Japanese weddings may look different, they have similar traditions such as, the bride’s white dress, a ceremony in a place of worship, and the father handing off his daughter.

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These are Japan’s indigenous people of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island.  They are called the Ainu people, and they have their own unique culture, notice their traditional attire and the beautiful patterns.  Not many people know that Japan has indigenous peoples like in the United States, and that they have a similar story of subjugation and persecution.  Many people have Ainu ancestry but do not actually know it, as many have been assimilated into Japanese society way long ago, but in recent years Japan has been taking steps to recognize Ainu peoples.  The people in this photo seem proud to be Ainu people and be wearing their traditional attire. 

5 Images from the Book


Daigo-Ji in Kyoto, a sprawling temple complex in the Higashiyama mountains.  Founded in 874 as a Buddhist temple it was expanded later in the 15th and 16th centuries.  This picture shows the stunning architecture of the arched bridge and the amazing foliage with the bright red autumn trees.  A lone man stands atop the pagoda, all the aspects of this photo give it a quiet and serene feeling.

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A child here is having a blast going down an ice slide at the Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern-most island.  The festival draws in millions of people each year and hosts many activities such as snow sculpting competitions and great local food is showcased here.  In the background of this picture is an impressive snow sculpture that looks almost like a real Japanese style castle.

Submitted by Ryan Clarke on 4/5/2019.