Faces of Japan (1984, 2016, 2017)

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Photos of 1984:

 

Street procession in Kyushu.

 

 

Photos of 2016 and 2017:

 

At the Genchi well in the city of Matsumoto. (Matsumoto, at the foot of the Japanese Alps, has many such wells providing excellent fresh water. Local and non-local people get their drinking water from these wells.)

 

At the Yohashira shrine in Matsumoto.

 

Women in the picturesque old village of Narai in the Kiso valley.

 

Artists inspired by the traditional houses of Narai.

 

Contrasts between tradition and modernity in Osaka.

 

Evening crowds in the Dotonbori street, in Osaka.

  

 

 

 

Crowdy day in Nara.

 

Monks in the Kongobuji temple, in Koyasan.

 

  

Pilgrims in the Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine, in Hongu (Kii peninsula).

 

People cooking eggs and sweet potatoes in the Yuzutsu basin (hot spring), in the village of Yunomine Onsen near Hongu.

 

In the Kumano Hayatama Taisha shrine in Shingu (Kii peninsula).

 

 

 

 

 

In Nachi, one of the few remaining places in Japan that survived the separation of Shinto and Buddhism during the Meiji Restoration. Left: In the Kumano Nachi Taisha shrine (Shinto). Right: At the Nachisan Seiganto-ji temple (Buddhist).

 

Fishermen repairing their nets.

 

 

In the fish market of Kii-Katsura.

 

 

Lonely bicyclist on a sunny morning in Kii-Katsura.

 

Pilgrims at the Hohei-den shrine in Hiko-san (north of Kyushu).

 

In the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, in Dazaifu (suburb of Fukuoka).

 

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