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Hakone Shrine
Hakone Shrine : This Shinto shrine by Lake Ashi near Mt Fuji was visted by travelling fuedal lords in the edo period. (0D0A0871.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kanazawa Garden
Kanazawa Garden : Snowbound in Kenroku-en Garden. (0D0A6838.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Red-Crowned Cranes
Red-Crowned Cranes : Endangered red-crowned cranes are now nurtured through winter in Hokkaido. (0D0A0683.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle : Spectacular at sunset, the keep of Matsumoto-jo, also known as Crow Castle, dates back to 1590, survived WWII but was severely damaged by an earthquake in 2011 [0D0A6325]. (0D0A6325.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle : Threatening sky only serves to highlight the beauty and colours of Osaka Castle. (0D0A7695.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Bikan Canal in Kurashiki
Bikan Canal in Kurashiki : Boat riders can't get under this bridge in the dammed waters of the downtown canal. (0D0A7548.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Frozen Lake Akan
Frozen Lake Akan : You can hire snow mobiles or dune buggies, but a ride on a banana sled was the most popular in foul conditions on this Hokkaido Lake. (0D0A0558.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Near Hakodate Station
Near Hakodate Station : Pedestrians make their way along snow covered footpaths. (0D0A8513.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Detail inside Himeji Castle
Detail inside Himeji Castle : The only triple floored gate in the castle. (0D0A8214.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Black Eggs of Hakone
Black Eggs of Hakone : It's said that eating just one black egg boiled in dilute sulphric acid prolongs your life seven years. (0D0A0902.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Rainbow Bridge Tokyo
Rainbow Bridge Tokyo : Panorama of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo skyline. (0D0A1178-Pano.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Okonomyaki in Hiroshima
Okonomyaki in Hiroshima : The pleasure of watching your okonomyaki being prepared right in front of you, with lots of artistic flair. (0D0A6984.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Otaru Canal, Hokkaido
Otaru Canal, Hokkaido : Restored and converted warehouses line the Otaru canal. (0D0A8611.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kimono Souvenirs
Kimono Souvenirs : Hundreds of young women rent kimonos for the purpose of having their photos taken in front of great monuments. (0D0A7859.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Mt Fuji dawn from Shinjuku
Mt Fuji dawn from Shinjuku : Distant view of iconic Mt  Fuji  from the Observatory of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government office. (0D0A6038.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Matsumoto Castle Museum
Matsumoto Castle Museum : Seven Gods of Fortune aboard the Treasure Ship. (0D0A6395.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Mt Rausu from Rausu
Mt Rausu from Rausu : Mountain dominates this town on the Shiretoko Peninsula. (0D0A9217.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kyoto Aqueduct
Kyoto Aqueduct : Visitors were fascinated by the aqueduct, wondering why it was here. (0D0A7733.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Fast Food Crab
Fast Food Crab : One of many stalls offering fast food to visitors to Ueno in Tokyo on New Year's Day. (0D0A6117.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Lake Mashu's Caldera
Lake Mashu's Caldera : This stunning lake is clear and deep, sitting in the caldera of a volcanic eruption 7000 years ago. (0D0A0032-Pano.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Tokyo Marathon
Tokyo Marathon : First wave of runners in the Tokyo Marathon seen from a tall building. (0D0A1022.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Modern Sapporo
Modern Sapporo : Trams on Sapporo's big loop circular line. (0D0A8663.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kyoto Wedding
Kyoto Wedding : A happy couple at the Shimogama-jinja shrine, not put off by light snow falling. (0D0A7936.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Zen Garden, Kyoto
Zen Garden, Kyoto : Meditation at the zen garden at Ryoanji Temple. (0D0A7905.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Iconic View of Hakodate
Iconic View of Hakodate : Hokkaido city Hakodate as seen from Mt. Hakodate. (0D0A8402.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Temple Ritual, Hiroshima
Temple Ritual, Hiroshima : Good luck wishes are ritually burnt by priests at the end of the New Year period. (0D0A7126.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kurashiki Coffee
Kurashiki Coffee : No espresso but exquisite Guatemalan coffee preparation at the Cafe Coffee-Kan. (0D0A7574.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Blakistons Fish Owl
Blakistons Fish Owl : This endangered owl lives up to his name! Thought to be only 100-150 in Japan, the Blakiston's owl is sacred to the Ainu people. (0D0A9261.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
Meiji Shrine, Tokyo : Sake has been donated for centuries out of respect to the Emperor and Empress. (0D0A1112.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Castle and Bridge
Castle and Bridge : The 1608 Iwakuni Castle overlooking the great 1673 five arched bridge, Kintai-kyo (0D0A7450.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Narai Temple Ceiling
Narai Temple Ceiling : Famous painted ceiling dragon in the shrine at Taiho-ji Temple. (0D0A6465.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Nara's Todaiji Budda
Nara's Todaiji Budda : Great bronze buddha housed in Todaiji main hall, once the world's largest wooden building. (0D0A8107.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kanazawa Geisha Museum
Kanazawa Geisha Museum : Edo period machiya, a Geisha museum in Higashi Chaya. (0D0A6853.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Senbon Torii of Kyoto
Senbon Torii of Kyoto : Thousands of tori gates in the Fushimi Inari Shrine, each paid for by a donor. (0D0A7842.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo
Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo : Supposedly the busiest crossing in the world, at Shibuya, on a Sunday. (0D0A1070.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle : The 1346 Himeji Castle is one of few to have survived WW2 bombing, and also the earthquake of 1995. (0D0A8156.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Miyajima's O-Torii Gate
Miyajima's O-Torii Gate : This icon of Japan is only surrounded by water at high tide. (0D0A7373.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Sapporo Ice Festival
Sapporo Ice Festival : Well rugged up performer in front of Taiwan's former Taichung Station. (0D0A8530.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Train to Hakone
Train to Hakone : Romance Car train pulling into Hakone-Yamoto station in the foothills of Mt Fuji. (0D0A0932.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Sapporo Ice Festival
Sapporo Ice Festival : "Supple Woman" sculpture in the Susukino festival site. (0D0A8703.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Ojizosama Statue in Nagano
Ojizosama Statue in  Nagano : Smiling faces and red bibs, traditionally thought of as guardians of children. (0D0A6500.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Spectacular Kaiseki Meal
Spectacular Kaiseki Meal : Nothing looks better than an artistic Kaiseki-ryo multi-course dinner (0D0A8861.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Golden Pavillion of Kyoto
Golden Pavillion of Kyoto : Just that little ray of sunshine brilliantly illuminates the Kinkakuji. (0D0A7869.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Hiroshima Streetscape
Hiroshima Streetscape : Streetscape in Hiroshima's shopping district. (0D0A7019.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Lobby Decoration
Lobby Decoration : Gorgeous decoration in the lobby of the Makoto Ryokan in Miyajima. (0D0A7239.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Rikugien Garden, Tokyo
Rikugien Garden, Tokyo : How to brighten up a shady corner in winter, in this garden built for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun. (0D0A1043.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Arishimaya Bamboo Forest
Arishimaya Bamboo Forest : People flock to enjoy the bamboo grove here in Kyoto's north west. (0D0A7790.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Ninenzaka Path
Ninenzaka Path : Unheralded Ninen-zaka Path is one of the most pleasant streets in Kyoto. (0D0A8023.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Snow Monkey Selfie
Snow Monkey Selfie : Snow monkey waits paitiently to see his photo. (0D0A6549.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Miyajima Tourists
Miyajima Tourists : This rickshaw puller is not looking forward to the uphill sections with these two passengers. (0D0A7379.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Abashiri Ice Festival
Abashiri Ice Festival : Large and locally relevant sculpture - mountain, lighthouse and white tailed eagle. (0D0A8896.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Pine Islands of Matsushimakaigen
Pine Islands of Matsushimakaigen : This area of the Sendai Bay is still recovering from the 2011 tsunami. (0D0A8269.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Giant Budda in Kyoto
Giant Budda in Kyoto : GIant buddha at Ryozen Kannon is a tribute to unknown Japanese soldiers who died in WW2. (0D0A8029.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Matsumoto Architecture
Matsumoto Architecture : Lovely detail in Nakamachi 2nd Floor. (0D0A6423.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Stellars Sea Eagle
Stellars Sea Eagle : Listed as vulnerable, the Stellars Sea Eagle hangs around the harbour of Rausu in Hokkaido. (0D0A9779.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Uji Green Tea Store
Uji Green Tea Store : Green tea (matcha) in all its forms is easily available in Uji. (0D0A7766.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Hokkiado Red Fox
Hokkiado Red Fox : Red fox by the Shibetsu River near the Yoroushi Hot Spring (0D0A0128.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Kyoto's Philiosphers Walk
Kyoto's Philiosphers Walk : Just another exquisite water feature - great use of tiny spaces! (0D0A7972.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Sounkyo Ice Festival
Sounkyo Ice Festival : Dusk view of the foggy Sounkyo Gorge and ice festival from Hotel Taisetsu. (0D0A8828.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Bizarre Lake Ashi Ferry
Bizarre Lake Ashi Ferry : The rather bizarre Ashinoko ferries were  packed with Chinese New Year crowds. (0D0A0968.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Nara Temple Guardian
Nara Temple Guardian : Giant guardians appear to protect many temples in Japan, this one in Todaiji in Nara. (0D0A8120.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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A-Bomb Memorial
A-Bomb Memorial : The heart-rending symbol of Hiroshima, the government office immediately under the A-Bomb explosion. (0D0A7036.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Rainbow Bridge Tokyo
Rainbow Bridge Tokyo : Traversing the Rainbow Bridge, the Yurikamome subway line uses driverless trains. (0D0A1132.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Shore of Sea of Okhotsk
Shore of Sea of Okhotsk : Drift ice right up to the shoreline on Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. (0D0A9037.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Ueno's Peony Garden
Ueno's Peony Garden : Appreciation of the flowers in the Ueno Toshogu Peony Garden. (0D0A6082.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Temple Bell
Temple Bell : At Zenko-ji in Nagano. (0D0A6516.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Abashiri Prison Museum
Abashiri Prison Museum : Tattoos get you banned from bathhouses in modern Japan because of their criminal association. (0D0A9009.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
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Fukushima Sake Bar
Fukushima Sake Bar : Intersting decoration outside a sake bar in Fukushima. (0D0A7664.jpg)<br>Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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