. Gion, Kyoto, Japan. July 24, 2012. Photography by Gisle Daus on Flickr

. Gion, Kyoto, Japan. July 24, 2012. Photography by Gisle Daus on Flickr

light the way/Japan

light the way/Japan

Yoshiminedera, Kyoto, Japan

Yoshiminedera, Kyoto, Japan

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http://wp.me/p3kxHi-nb

Toro Nagashi  (灯籠流し)  is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise, flow”

Toro Nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns (chōchin) down a river; tōrō is traditionally another word for lantern, while nagashi means “cruise, flow”

Ume Matsuri [Kairakuen] / Ibaraki.japan / The Kairakuen was a landscape gardening project started by Nariaki Tokugawa. The park opened in July 1842. / "Ume Matsuri" has been held in February and March every year since 1900. / "UME" is a plum.  "Matsuri" is a festival.

Ume Matsuri [Kairakuen] / Ibaraki.japan / The Kairakuen was a landscape gardening project started by Nariaki Tokugawa. The park opened in July 1842. / "Ume Matsuri" has been held in February and March every year since 1900. / "UME" is a plum. "Matsuri" is a festival.

Interesting Nara - http://www.travelandtransitions.com/destinations/destination-advice/asia/

Interesting Nara - http://www.travelandtransitions.com/destinations/destination-advice/asia/

Screencapture shot from 'Memoirs of a Gesha', 2005 by Seth Anderson. S)

Screencapture shot from 'Memoirs of a Gesha', 2005 by Seth Anderson. S)

Geisha - Fiona Graham, caucasian Geisha as of 2007.  Beautiful, smart and brave enough to immerse herself in a completely different culture.  Inspiration much?

Geisha - Fiona Graham, caucasian Geisha as of 2007. Beautiful, smart and brave enough to immerse herself in a completely different culture. Inspiration much?

Edo Oiran Yoshiwara Dochu Parade in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

Edo Oiran Yoshiwara Dochu Parade in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan

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