Persimmon and Snow scene by yubomojao, via Flickr- this color scheme reminds me of Snow White, because this is exactly what her mother was looking at when she wished for a daughter with hair as black as wood, lips as red as blood, and skin as white as snow.
luminous japan-it is so beautiful in Japan during cherry blossom season, which is much too short. We were stationed in Iwakuni Japan for 9 years and enjoyed attending the Kintai bridge cherry blossom festivals.
Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama (嵐山), Japan Soaring bamboo stalks dwarf visitors to Arashiyama Park in western Kyoto. Known for its vertiginous growth, bamboo has numerous uses in Japan, particularly in Kyoto, where it is made into baskets, flutes, pipes, benches, dolls, garden fences, and artifacts for tea ceremonies.