(via 鍋島焼の秘窯の里,大川内山 / Imari, many pottery kilns stand in the mountains.)

Imari is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.
Imari is most notable because of Imari porcelain, which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture. The porcelain was exported from the port of Imari specifically for the European export trade.

During the Edo period this region flourished due to the export of ceramics and porcelain. High quality goods (Nabeshima porcelan) to be presented to Shōgun and the Imperial Court were produced in what is now called Ōkawachiyama, in the mountains.

Okawachiyama, Imari-City, Saga-Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014, Olympus OM-D E-M1

江戸時代に鍋島藩(佐賀藩)御用釜が技術漏洩防止のために山間に移転され,高級磁器・鍋島焼が製造された秘窯の里,大川内山の風景です。
佐賀藩の肥前国有田・伊万里(現・佐賀県有田町、同県伊万里市)は磁器の代表的な産地ですが,その中でもここ,大川内山の御用釜は徳川将軍家や皇室への贈答品などの高級品をもっぱら製造し,これらは「鍋島焼」と呼ばれました。
鍋島焼の伝統は1871年(明治4年)の廃藩置県による御用釜解散により一旦途絶えましたが、その技法は今泉今右衛門家によって近代工芸として復興され、現在に至っています。

佐賀県伊万里市大川内山地区
2014年6月,Olympus OM-D E-M1

(via 鍋島焼の秘窯の里,大川内山 / Imari, many pottery kilns stand in the mountains.)

Imari is a city located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan.
Imari is most notable because of Imari porcelain, which is the European collectors’ name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita, Saga Prefecture. The porcelain was exported from the port of Imari specifically for the European export trade.

During the Edo period this region flourished due to the export of ceramics and porcelain. High quality goods (Nabeshima porcelan) to be presented to Shōgun and the Imperial Court were produced in what is now called Ōkawachiyama, in the mountains.

Okawachiyama, Imari-City, Saga-Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014, Olympus OM-D E-M1

江戸時代に鍋島藩(佐賀藩)御用釜が技術漏洩防止のために山間に移転され,高級磁器・鍋島焼が製造された秘窯の里,大川内山の風景です。
佐賀藩の肥前国有田・伊万里(現・佐賀県有田町、同県伊万里市)は磁器の代表的な産地ですが,その中でもここ,大川内山の御用釜は徳川将軍家や皇室への贈答品などの高級品をもっぱら製造し,これらは「鍋島焼」と呼ばれました。
鍋島焼の伝統は1871年(明治4年)の廃藩置県による御用釜解散により一旦途絶えましたが、その技法は今泉今右衛門家によって近代工芸として復興され、現在に至っています。

佐賀県伊万里市大川内山地区
2014年6月,Olympus OM-D E-M1

(via 夢見る中世都市,ハイデルベルグPart1 / Heidelberg, a dreamy town, Part1)
(via 残暑の日差しに染まる機体,福岡空港 / Fukuoka Airport, in the lingering hot summer heat)

Fukuoka International Airport,Japan
2012年10月 / October 2012
FinePix F70EXR

(via 残暑の日差しに染まる機体,福岡空港 / Fukuoka Airport, in the lingering hot summer heat)

Fukuoka International Airport,Japan
2012年10月 / October 2012
FinePix F70EXR

(via 残暑の日差しに染まる機体,福岡空港 / Fukuoka Airport, in the lingering hot summer heat)
(via 霧雨に煙るカナル・グランデ, ヴェネチア Part6 /  Venice Part6 - Canal Grande in the misty rain)
(via アドリア海の女王, ヴェネチア Part1 /  Venice Part1 – “Queen of the Adriatic”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via アドリア海の女王, ヴェネチア Part1 / Venice Part1 – “Queen of the Adriatic”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via 水の都, ヴェネチア Part3 /  Venice Part3 - “City of Water”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via 水の都, ヴェネチア Part3 / Venice Part3 - “City of Water”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via 水の都, ヴェネチア Part3 /  Venice Part3 - “City of Water”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via 水の都, ヴェネチア Part3 / Venice Part3 - “City of Water”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via アドリア海の真珠, ヴェネチア Part5 /  Venice Part5 - “The Pearl of the Adriatic”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via アドリア海の真珠, ヴェネチア Part5 / Venice Part5 - “The Pearl of the Adriatic”)

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Venice (VE), Veneto Region, Italy
February 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Panasonic Lumix GX 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

(via アドリア海の女王, ヴェネチア Part1 /  Venice Part1 – “Queen of the Adriatic”)
(via 山間の姫街道,下仁田町本宿 / Shimonita-Motojuku, a staging post in the mountains)

Shimonita-Motojuku was a staging post on the Hime-Kaido Street (a side road of the Nakasendo Street).

Hime kaidō (princess route) was the name given to minor routes that created detours around the difficult crossings (or river crossings) of main routes during the Edo period in Japan. These routes could be found on many of the Edo Five Routes(Tokaido,Nakasendo,and so on), as well as on other sub-routes that crossed the country.
When there were difficult passes or river crossings on the main routes, hime-kaidō were established to avoid them. Because there were fewer travelers, less danger, a lower chance of an attack by bandits (compared with the main route they were avoiding), it was said that people could relax while traveling the route. It was for these reasons that women often chose to travel these routes, giving rise to the routes being called hime-kaidō or onna kaidō (“women’s route”).

This staging post (Post-station) flourished as the trade center of Shinsyu-rice, whetstones and so on.
At the present, some traditional Japanese houses ( dageshita-zukuri, the eaves of a house project outwards ) remain.

Shimonita-town, Kanra District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

山あいの下仁田町本宿は,かつては中山道の裏街道に当たる姫街道(入鉄砲出女を監視する中山道の関所の厳しさを嫌って女性が多く利用した街道であるからそう呼ばれるようになった)の宿場町であり,信州米や砥石などの集積地として栄えました。
街道沿いの家屋の多くは出桁造りだったと思われますが,今なおいくつかの家屋に見つけることができました。

群馬県甘楽郡下仁田町本宿
2014年6月
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

(via 山間の姫街道,下仁田町本宿 / Shimonita-Motojuku, a staging post in the mountains)

Shimonita-Motojuku was a staging post on the Hime-Kaido Street (a side road of the Nakasendo Street).

Hime kaidō (princess route) was the name given to minor routes that created detours around the difficult crossings (or river crossings) of main routes during the Edo period in Japan. These routes could be found on many of the Edo Five Routes(Tokaido,Nakasendo,and so on), as well as on other sub-routes that crossed the country.
When there were difficult passes or river crossings on the main routes, hime-kaidō were established to avoid them. Because there were fewer travelers, less danger, a lower chance of an attack by bandits (compared with the main route they were avoiding), it was said that people could relax while traveling the route. It was for these reasons that women often chose to travel these routes, giving rise to the routes being called hime-kaidō or onna kaidō (“women’s route”).

This staging post (Post-station) flourished as the trade center of Shinsyu-rice, whetstones and so on.
At the present, some traditional Japanese houses ( dageshita-zukuri, the eaves of a house project outwards ) remain.

Shimonita-town, Kanra District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

山あいの下仁田町本宿は,かつては中山道の裏街道に当たる姫街道(入鉄砲出女を監視する中山道の関所の厳しさを嫌って女性が多く利用した街道であるからそう呼ばれるようになった)の宿場町であり,信州米や砥石などの集積地として栄えました。
街道沿いの家屋の多くは出桁造りだったと思われますが,今なおいくつかの家屋に見つけることができました。

群馬県甘楽郡下仁田町本宿
2014年6月
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

(via 新緑に萌ゆる角館 / Kakunodate, verdant samurai residences)

Kakunodate ( Kakunodate-machi) was a town located in Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
The town was famed for its well-preserved samurai houses and the proliferation of cherry trees. It was a popular destination for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. It was sometimes referred as ‘the little Kyoto of Tohoku’ (Michinoku no sho-Kyōto).
I visited Kakunodate in early summer, verdant town, Kakunodate, was very veautiful.

Kakunodate – town,  Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

満開の枝垂桜がたんわりとしなだれ,道一面が花びらで赤く染まる春の角館は,JR東日本のポスターでも採用されている秀逸の美しさです。しかしその反面,観光客でごった返すのも事実。
そこで私は,初夏の時期に訪れてみました(再訪)。
みちのくの京都とも呼ばれているらしい角館,その名に恥じない,武家屋敷のまちなみの落ち着き,新緑からのこぼれ陽,なかなか美しかったです。

秋田県仙北市角館町
2014年6月再訪
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

(via 新緑に萌ゆる角館 / Kakunodate, verdant samurai residences)

Kakunodate ( Kakunodate-machi) was a town located in Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
The town was famed for its well-preserved samurai houses and the proliferation of cherry trees. It was a popular destination for hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. It was sometimes referred as ‘the little Kyoto of Tohoku’ (Michinoku no sho-Kyōto).
I visited Kakunodate in early summer, verdant town, Kakunodate, was very veautiful.

Kakunodate – town, Senboku District, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
June 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

満開の枝垂桜がたんわりとしなだれ,道一面が花びらで赤く染まる春の角館は,JR東日本のポスターでも採用されている秀逸の美しさです。しかしその反面,観光客でごった返すのも事実。
そこで私は,初夏の時期に訪れてみました(再訪)。
みちのくの京都とも呼ばれているらしい角館,その名に恥じない,武家屋敷のまちなみの落ち着き,新緑からのこぼれ陽,なかなか美しかったです。

秋田県仙北市角館町
2014年6月再訪
Olympus OM-D E-M1
LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm/F1.4 ASPH
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm F1.8

(via 悠久のアンコールワット / Eternal, Angkor Wat)  ★ lots of photos are waiting or you!

Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum.
Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture which got major influence from Kalinga architectural style.It has become a symbol of Cambodia,appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

As I stand face to face with Angkor Wat, I was overwhelmed by the impressive, magnificent view.

Angkor-Wat,  Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
March 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1

(via 悠久のアンコールワット / Eternal, Angkor Wat) ★ lots of photos are waiting or you!

Angkor Wat was first a Hindu, then subsequently a Buddhist, temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yasodharapura (present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum.
Breaking from the Shaivism tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture which got major influence from Kalinga architectural style.It has become a symbol of Cambodia,appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

As I stand face to face with Angkor Wat, I was overwhelmed by the impressive, magnificent view.

Angkor-Wat, Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
March 2014
Olympus OM-D E-M1

(via ラッフルズ グランド ホテル アンコール / Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor)

 ↑ Lots of photos are waiting for you!
(via 深夜の鶴見線, 駅風景 / The Tsurumi Line at midnight)