Thursday, May 5, 2016

Meotoiwa Ooshimenawahari Ceremony

Sun rise between the 'Meoto-Iwa' or couple rocks and over the sea ahead of the Oshimenawahari ceremony at Futami Okitama Shrine on May 5, 2016 in Ise, Japan. The Oshimenawahari ceremony is held three times a year to exchange the 35 meters long heavy rope made of rice straw that connects the sacred Couple Rock - one small, one big. The Couple Rock serves as a gate to the Okitama Shrine, dedicated to the god Sarutahiko and goddess Ukanomitama from Japanese myth.
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hoist Colorful Carp Streamers In Preparation To Celebrate Children Day

A man hangs cable as he prepares to hoist colorful Koinobori or carp streamers over the Akutagawa river at Akutagawa Sakurazutumi Park on April 24, 2016 in Takatsuki, Japan. Koinobori, meaning 'carp streamer', are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no sekku, or Children's Day. Children's Day takes place on May 5 and is also a National Holiday.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Artists Work On Sand Sculptures

Sand sculptor Dan Belcher of the USA works on sand sculpture named Christ the Redeemer statue in Corcovado, ahead of the eight annual exhibition 'World Travel By Sand - South Africa' at the Tottori Sand Dunes The Sand Museum on March 30, 2016 in Tottori, Japan. The exhibition will be available to the public from April 16, 2016 to January 3, 2017.
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Mitsubishi Electric Corp Self-Driving Vehicle

Mitsubishi Electric Corp. employee uses a remote control during a demonstration of the company's self-driving vehicle in Ako, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, on Friday, March 18, 2016. Mitsubishi Electric Corp., a supplier of air-to-air missiles to Japan's armed forces, is looking to adapt the technologies it originally developed for military use to help autonomous driving cars detect obstacles and avoid collisions.
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Young Eels Night Fishing

Fishermen use lamps to search for young eels in the Yoshino River in Tokushima, Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Young eels are approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) in length. Those caught during fishing season are sold at a price of between 100 yen and 300 yen to farming facilitie
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Monday, March 7, 2016

A Taste of Japan's Springtime Catch, Sand lance

Trays of sand lances move along the production line. At the Appare Suisan facility alone some 70 tons of the fish will be processed during the season, according to the company. Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture on Monday, March 7, 2016. Sand lances are popular local cultural and spring cuisine in Osaka and Hyogo Prefecture.  Many local residences sand lance containers send as gift for friends and relatives across the country during the harvest season. The sand lance harvest period will continue about one month period at the beginning of spring.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Dinosaurs Kingdom in Fukui

A Japanese business man walks pass the giant dinosaur wall paint exhibit in station wall on November 7, 2015 in Fukui city, Japan. Largest number of dinosaur fossils discovered in Fukui Prefecture as there are large scale of dinosaur museum in Katsuyama city. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Thai Airways-Business

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, aircraft sits parked at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, also known as Bangkok International Airport on October 30, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Farmers Harvest Rice Ahead Another Round Of TPP Talks

Japanese rice farmer Kenichi Okamoto uses sickles as he harvests rice in a paddy field at Tanada rice terrace on September 20, 2015 in Sayo, Japan. Ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries will meet in late September in Atlanta as they look to conclude years of negotiations on creating one of the world's biggest free-trade zones. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Himeji Castel- Japan travel

The main tower of Himeji Castle seen during the sunrise on September 29, 2015 in Himeji, Japan. The Himeji Castle is UNESCO World Heritage sites, initially built in 14th century. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Rice Field in Terrace

Rice grows in a paddy field ahead of start to harvest in Sayo city, Hyogo prefecture on September 8, 2015. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe
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Monday, July 6, 2015

Ice Block Manufacturing Factory

A worker moves an ice block bound for shipment at the Honda Reizo Co. factory in Taishi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on Monday, July 6, 2015. The factory produces 113 tons of ice pillars per day. Photo by: Buddhika Weerasinghe
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Farmers Use Ducklings As Aigamo Organic Rice Farming

TATSUNO, JAPAN - JUNE 17, 2015:  One week old duckling paddles as look food in Ichihara’s Organic Rice filed on June 17, 2015 in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Japanese rice farmer Tadashi Ichihara works with nearly 300 ducklings to eliminate weeds and insects in the rice fields. Ichihara who is one of leading farmer use "Aigamo Method," a method of using ducklings as the alternative to chemicals in the rice farming since 1999. That Aigamo Method developed by Japanese farmer Takao Furuno in 1989, since then his methods have applied more than 75,000 farmers in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Iran, France and Cuba.

About one or two weeks after seeding have been planted the ducklings releasing into a 1,000 square meters rice field, which farmland surrounded by an electric fence for ducklings protect by dogs, cats, crows and other wild animals. Also ducklings need necessary shelter edge of farmland that they can rest and take refuge from rain.
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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zoo Keepers Clean Hippo's Teeth

Kiboko, a 31 year old Hippopotamus, opens her mouth for tooth cleaning with a new 5-foot (1.5 meter) toothbrush at the Himeji Zoo on June 4, 2015 in Himeji, Japan. Kiboko's teeth are annually cleaned by zoo keepers and elementary school children as part of tooth cleaning education for children. June 4th is the national cavity prevention awareness day in Japan.(Photo Buddhika weerasinghe)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Beauty of Red Wildflowers Algae

Thousands of red algae wildflowers spread on top of the lake on March 10,2015 in Fukuisaki, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Friday, March 6, 2015

The World's Oldest Person Turns 117

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman, eats her birthday cake on her 117th birthday celebration at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2015 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese woman Misao Okawa is the oldest living person in the world as certified by the Guinness World Records and celebrated her 117th birthday today. Okawa has held the title as the world's oldest living person since the June 12, 2013 and the death of Jiroemon Kimura who lived to 116 years and 54 days old. She is ranked as the Oldest Japanese person ever and only the third person to have ever reached the age of 117 in the world. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Second Hand Book Town in Tokyo

Pedestrian walks past a second-hand book shelves on March 2, 2015 Tokyo, Japan. Many people and tourist come to buy and selling second hand book every day from all over the Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Field Burning Marking Arrival Of Spring

A man burns Susuki or Chinese sliver grass at Tonomine Highland on April 12, 2014 in Kamikawa, Hyogo, Japan. Tonomine Highland, known for its susuki grass field of about 90 hectares, is burnt every year to get rid of dead grass for better growth of new buds, marking the arrival of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cherry Blossom

An edge of cherry blossom tree in full bloom as sunset on April 11, 2014 in Himeji, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasingh)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

White Siberians Swans Take Off

White Siberian Swans take off from Tamaoka Lake on January 7, 2014 in Kasai, Japan. Siberian swans migrated from Russia to Japan, their wintering home, and are expected to return back to their homeland at the beginning of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, April 29, 2013

'Kamo Kyokusui No En' Ancient Festival Takes Place

A woman dressed Heian period kimono writes Japanese poetry during the Kamo Kyokusui No En Ancient Festival at Jonan-gu shrine on April 29, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Jonan-gu shrine is famous for holding the ancient festival of Kyokusui-no Utage, which is held twice a year in spring and autumn. The festival, which orignated in 1,182, describes a party of people in Heian era (794-1192). (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pedal Powered Sky Cycle Roller Coaster Attract Visitors

Tourists ride a pedal-powered sky cycle roller coaster at Washuzan Highland Amusement Park on April 27, 2013 in Kurashiki, Japan. Washuzan Highland Amusement park overlooks a panoramic view of islands on the Seto Inland Sea. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Tulips In Full Bloom In Toyooka

People walk through a tulip field in full bloom at the Tanto Tulip Festival on April 22, 2013 in Toyooka, Hyogo, Japan. Hundreds of thousands of tulips in three hundred varieties are displayed at the popular Spring flower festival at Tanto Tulip field in Hyogo Prefecture. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Cherry Blossom In Full Bloom In Kyoto

Tourists travel on a ferry near blooming cherry blossoms on the Okazaki canal on April 5, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. Cherry blossoms bloom from the end of March to the beginning of April in Kyoto. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cherry Blossom In Full Bloom In Himeji

Tourist travel on a traditional boat to enjoy blooming cherry blossoms on the canal of Himeji castle on April 4, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. Himeji castle has been selected as one of the top places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mitsuyama Taisai Festival Continues

Japanese shrine priests transport gods by a portable shrine for entertainment during the Mitsuyama Taisai Festival of Itate Hyozu Shrine at front of the Himeji castle on April 3, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The festival has been held once every 20 years since 1593. Priests of Itate Hyozu Shrine welcome all the gods across the country on the night of March 31st from the top of the 'three mountains' and treat with food for seven days to April 7 praying for peace and prosperity. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mitsuyama Taisai Festival Begins

The main feature of the Mitsuyama Taisai Festival, three 18 meters tall 'mountains.' are displayed at the Itate Hyozu Shrine on March 31, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The festival has been held once every 20 years since 1593. Priests of the Itate Hyozu Shrine welcome all the gods across the country from the top of 'three mountains' and treat with food for seven days starting today, praying for peace and prosperity. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sand Lance Harvest Begins In Hyogo

A container full of sand lances sits at Mega Fishing Port on March 23, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. Sand lances are a popular local cuisine in Hyogo Prefecture. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Japanese Macaque Monkeys Suffer Hay Fever

A 20-year-old Japanese macaque monkey named Monday scratches her eyes while suffering an allergy to pollen from the cedar tree at Awajishima Monkey Centre on March 17, 2013 in Sumoto, Japan. Many monkeys are suffering the effects of hay fever at this time of the year, with the typical symptoms being the same as with humans. According to Awajishima Monkey center this year hay fever is higher than last year, the pollen season is from February to April. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Plums In Full Bloom In Hyogo

A man rests under the blooming plum tree at Ayabeyama on March 14, 2013 in Tatsuno, Japan. About 20,000 Japanese plum trees of different varieties are currently in full bloom on Ayabeyama, the mountain will open to the public for viewing until March 21. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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