Ishigaki Island is not such a little island, nor anymore quite so remote, though it lays a full 2,000 km southwest of Tokyo. Its distances are of a different kind. Location allowed it to assimilate Chinese and Japanese influences simultaneously, and for a degree of exotic influences to creep in.

Ishigaki Island is not such a little island, nor anymore quite so remote, though it lays a full 2,000 km southwest of Tokyo. Its distances are of a different kind. Location allowed it to assimilate Chinese and Japanese influences simultaneously, and for a degree of exotic influences to creep in.

I was promised that my journey to Fukue — the largest of the Goto Islands west of Kyushu — would be an uneventful one. My berth, a simple bunk with a matt

Of hidden Christians and electric cars on the Goto Islands

I was promised that my journey to Fukue — the largest of the Goto Islands west of Kyushu — would be an uneventful one. My berth, a simple bunk with a matt

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun | hot springs spa resort and amusement park | Hakone, Japan

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun | hot springs spa resort and amusement park | Hakone, Japan

Dewa Sanzan, which Matsuo Basho passed through in 1689, has been a site of devotion for hundreds of years.

Dewa Sanzan: The arduous journey from ascetic to aesthetic

Dewa Sanzan, which Matsuo Basho passed through in 1689, has been a site of devotion for hundreds of years.

On the tropical beaches and lily fields of Iejima, you can still see the scars of WWII.

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

On the tropical beaches and lily fields of Iejima, you can still see the scars of WWII.

Joujyuin Temple, Kamakura, Japan

Joujyuin Temple, Kamakura, Japan

Shifting seascape: Yaizu has developed its seafront so much that you will need to head further along the coastline to experience the wild coastal landscapes that once captivated Lafcadio Hearn.

Shizuoka: Where writers go to hide from the world

Shifting seascape: Yaizu has developed its seafront so much that you will need to head further along the coastline to experience the wild coastal landscapes that once captivated Lafcadio Hearn.

"Stratoblue" antenne fotograf Katsuya Noguchi Blog | Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji Billede af Tokyo Enhancer]

"Stratoblue" antenne fotograf Katsuya Noguchi Blog | Lake Ashi and Mount Fuji Billede af Tokyo Enhancer]

Last September, the town of Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture became a headline-grabbing topic around the world with its Cat Street View project. In its fir

The changing view of Onomichi town

Last September, the town of Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture became a headline-grabbing topic around the world with its Cat Street View project. In its fir

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