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Nyuto Onsenkyo [Tsurunoyu], Akita Japan

now THIS is a hot spring.non of that nasty mammoth hot springs crap. Natural Hot Spring by tachimayu

Veiled Sannou Matsuri Beauties, Japan

Miko are women in the service of Shinto shrines (at the biennial Sanno Festival in Tokyo).The translation of Miko is “Woman of God” (chosen by, or totally devoted to, the gods), but the closest meaning is “shrine m

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scale and proportion to create mood - use of large type to be playful. The large O's frame the faces in the design, making you focus on them. The faces are smiling creating a mood of happiness and playfulness.

Lovely old Japanese inn in the beautifully preserved old post town of Magome-juku, Nagano Prefecture.

Lovely old Japanese inn in the beautifully-preserved post town of Magome-juku, Nagano Prefecture.

20 dec 12 [Sacred ropes mark a holy tree at the Togakushi Inner Shrine, Japan]

pagans-dream: “ Sacred ropes mark a holy tree at the Togakushi Inner Shrine, Japan ”

Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine

Kumano Hongu Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, deep in the rugged mountains of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. It is included as part of the Kumano Sanzan in the UNESCO.