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    Kimono Cat

    An icy night near Mount Fuji Photographed by Yuga Kurita (farm8.staticflick...)

    Japanese traditional study

    Visitors pass the outside of the Japan pavilion at the Expo 2015 exhibition in Milan, Italy.

    Hamaya 破魔矢 is a decorative arrow supposed to ward off evil in Japan.

    Warwick Goble - Green Willow

    The Espousal of the Rat's Daughter by Warwick Goble

    The Robe of Feathers by Warwick Goble

    Samurai horsemen compete in the Kacchu-keiba (armed horse race) during the Soma Nomaoi festival at Hibarigahara field in Minamisoma, Japan // Picture: Chris McGrath

    A kimono-clad couple pose for wedding photos in a rapeseed field at Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo. Photo: Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press

    The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, Japan

    enormous Lucky Cat lives in Tokoname

    Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

    ▼ If you forget to put out your trash on garbage day because you were up all night drinking, you turn into a gorilla. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it is...


    Paper lanterns floating on the Motoyasu River at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

    Japanese ancient 12 layered kimono.

    Red Leaves in Osaka by Mohiko

    Ushiku Daibutsu located in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture.

    Spring in Takase River, Kyoto, Japan



    Turning 40 and as cute as ever: A human-size Hello Kitty greets passengers at a Tokyo rail station. Hello Kitty, Japan's global icon of cute, celebrated her 40th anniversary.  Photo: Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty Images

    Snow in Pagoda, Nara

    Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847 – 1915)