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A window of Enlightenment at Unryu-in temple ~ Kyoto, Japan

Oiran 花魁 ~ Japanese courtesans back in 17th and 18th century. There're no more Oiran in modern times but there're few Matsuri (festival) parading wearing Oiran costume.

Oiran in Yoshiwara, Japan

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Stones laid across a shallow pond in the formal garden at the Nanzen-ji temple ~ Kyoto, Japan by Aaron Webb

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100 Jizo statues in Nikko, Japan ~ Red scarves in remembrance of babies gone too early- the jizo looks after those mizuko (water spirits)

Kamakura, Japan ~ the Great Iron Buddha is a World Heritage Site, and worth pilgrimage no matter what you worship.

Temple entry ~ Japan.

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Shirakawa-go ~ Japanese Alps

Shirakawa-go Night Scene

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Kitayama ~ Kyoto, Japan

Wisteria, Kitayama, Kyoto, Japan

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Shrine Maiden ~ Meiji Jingu Shrine Tokyo Dancing in Japan first started as temple dances performed by shrine maidens, hence one of the names for Japanese Dance (when performing solo) is "Mai" or "Sacred Movement".

Wisteria flower tunnel ~ Japan

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Hydrangea Temple ~ Kannon-ji temple,Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan

Kimono in the snow ~Japan

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Marie had her misedashi, her debut as a maiko, in which she went to okiya (geisha houses), ochaya (tea houses), and local stores to thank everyone for their support. May, 2009, Gion, Kyoto, Japan. Text and photography by fuyou-hime on Flickr