Japan's Nakasendo Walk | Kevin Kelly

Japan’s Nakasendo Walk. Photography by Kevin Kelly. The Nakasendo is an old road in Japan that connects Kyoto to Tokyo - it was once a major foot highway. I want to back pack Tokyo to Kyoto make it happen!

Japanese God of thunder 雷神

The Thunder God Raijin (雷神) is one of the eldest Shinto Gods. By beating the drums he carried with him he created thunder. This sculpture can be found at Sanjūsangendō temple in Kyoto, Japan.

The roof details of Nijo Castle, Japan

The roof details of Nijo Castle, Japan, the set design of the Japanese temple in Inception was based on this beautiful location.

Japanese sword guard, Tsuba 鍔

Japanese sword guard, or 'tsuba' 鍔 - The fish are carp, the symbol for good luck

Kirikane decorated balls by National Living Treasure of Japan as a Kirikane artist, Sayoko ERI (1945~2007) まり香盒 人間国宝・江里佐代子 (A kirikane is a decorative technique used for Buddhist statues and paintings, using gold leaf, silver leaf, platinum leaf cut into lines, diamonds and triangles.)

Kirikane decorated balls by Sayoko ERI まり香盒 人間国宝・江里佐代子 (A kirikane 截金 is a decorative technique used for Buddhist statues and paintings, using gold leaf, silver leaf, platinum leaf cut into lines, diamonds and triangles.

Netsuke: Autumn grasses with praying mantis, 18th century, Attributed to Ryûsa, Japanese, Carved ivory

Netsuke: Autumn grasses with praying mantis, century, Japan Attributed to the artist Ryûsa Carved ivory; 2 in. cm) Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910 Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tsuba or Sword Guard depicting an Oni teasing a Nio, by Hata Nobuyoshi (1807-78). Iron, gold and silver. Japan, late Edo period, c.1850.

Tsuba or Sword Guard depicting an Oni teasing a Nio, by Hata Nobuyoshi Iron, gold and silver.

Japanese sword guard, Tsuba 鍔

I decided to try out my new softbox on my katana, something I had wanted to shoot for a while. I love the softbox.

Tsuba sword guard decorated with persimmon leaves

Tsuba sword guard decorated with persimmon leaves, highlighted with gold inlays.

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