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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Monday, March 11, 2013

Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake

A woman holds a candle as she commemorates victims of Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in front of Kobe's light of hope memorial on March 11, 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Japan is commemorating the second anniversary of the 2011 Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Protest Takes Place In Kobe

Anti-nuclear activists gather together and display a 'No Nukes' sign during an anti-nucler protest on March 10, 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Japan to mark the second anniversary of the Magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, that damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, residents of radiation contaminated area around the plant have been evacuated and unable to return for a long period of time. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

World's Oldest Woman Turns 115

Misao Okawa, who is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest woman, receives a birthday cake during her 115th birthday celebrations at Kurenai Nursing Home on March 5, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Misao Okawa, was born in Tenma, Osaka, on March 5, 1898. A descendent of Kimono merchants, she married in 1919 and had three children, of which a daughter and a son are still alive, and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Woman Performs Koto


A Japanese woman plays koto, traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument on March 3,2013 at international center in Himeji, Japan. The koto is the national instrument of Japan. Koto musical instrument are about 180 centimetres length and have 13 strings. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Place To Visit - Nara

A Great Buddha statue located in the Daibutsuden (the temple's main hall) at Todaiji Temple on March 2, 2013 in Nara, Japan. The Buddhist Todaiji temple was built in 752 AD and is now one of seven sites in Nara to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Out Door Tea Ceremony Takes Place At Kitano Tenmangu

Japanese Geisha hold green tea cups during the Baikasai, Plum Blossom Festival at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25, 2013 in Kyoto, Japan. The annual event takes place on February 25, to commemorate enshrined Michizane Sugawara, a politician and plum-blossom aficionado of the Heian-Period who passed away today in 903. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saidaiji Temple Naked Festival Takes Place

Japanese men wear loincloths as they enter the Saidaiji Temple during Naked Festival on February 16, 2013 in Okayama, Japan. Saidaiji Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) is one of Japan's more eccentric festivals and sees some 9,000 men take part and battle to grab for pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Japan's Southern Most Wintering Place For Siberian Swan

White Siberian Swans spend their winter at Tamaoka Lake on February 14, 2013 in Kasai, Japan. Siberian swans have been coming to Kasai since the start of winter and will return back to their homeland at the begining of spring. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Shakuhachi, Traditional Japanese Bamboo Flutes Perform.


Japanese Shakuhachi player performs at Zuganji Temple on February 11, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The Shakuhachi is used in spiritual meditation and the players wear wicker baskets on their heads to symbolise their detachment from the world.(Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

World Most Expensive Chocolate On Sale For Valentine's Day

A piece of diamond shape chocolate with a 2.3 carat diamond in the centre on display for at a Hanshin Department Store for the upcoming Valentine's day  on February 6, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. The chocolate is priced at 3 million yen (about USD 32,456), making it the world's most expensive chocolate. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Osaka Named As The Most Expensive Second City In The World


People walk at Osaka Station City on February 6, 2013 in Osaka, Japan. Osaka have been ranked the world's most expensive second city to live, Tokyo as the most expensive city according to research of the British magazine The Economist. Tokyo topped the list, with an index reading of 152. Osaka came in second, at 146. Prices of a loaf of bread, other food items and gasoline were higher than in other cities. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Japanese Macaques Form Huddle To Keep Warm

Japanese macaque monkeys huddle together in a group to protect themselves against the cold weather at Awajishima Monkey Center on January 26, 2013 in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Severe low temperatures has hit Japan with more heavy snowfall. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Japanese Sake Brewery In Himeji

Japanese sake brewery workers spread out steamed rice for cooling at Tatsuriki sake brewery on January 21, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The Hyogo prefecture is the largest sake producing region in Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Oni Oi Perform


A man performs ritual ogre dance as man takes photographs during the Oni Oi annual festival at Shosha Temple on January 18, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. Two men dress as Red-skinned ogre and a green-skinned ogre holding a sword, a bell and a flaming torch in their hands perform ritual dance inside the dark temple building with sounds of the temple bell. Many Japanese Buddhist temples perform ritual Oni oi festival beginning of the year to pray for a bountiful harvest and remove misfortune.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kobe Marks 18th Anniversary Of Hanshin Great Earthquake

A man lights a candle for victims of the 1995 'Great Hanshin earthquake' during a memorial ceremony on January 17, 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Memorial services were held to mark the 18th anniversary of the 1995 massive earthquake, hundreds of people gathered early this morning to pay their respects and light bamboo lanterns in the park for more than 6,400 people who lost their lives in the 7.3 magnitude earthquake. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Twenty Years Old Japanese Celebrate Coming Of Age Day

20 years old woman dressed in traditional kimono walks in the rain for her 'Coming-of-Age Day' celebration at Cultural Hall on January 14, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The event involves 20-year-old Japanese people celebrating their eligibility to drink alcohol, smoke and vote. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe) 
The second Monday of January in Japan is annually celebrated as the Coming of Age Day or Seijin no hi in Japanese.
This year, the day comes on 14 January when it is time to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year, as well as to celebrate adulthood.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Shinzo Abe Of Liberal Democratic Party Makes Street Speech

Former Prime Minister and leader of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe waves to supporters from his car during an election campaign on December 13, 2012 in Osaka, Japan. Japanese voters will go to the polls for a general election on December 16, 2012. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe)
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