Subversive Metaphoto
Osaka Castle © Harold Davis

Subversive Metaphoto

I think that "subversive metaphoto" is a mouthful, but I kind of like the phrase. Ponderous? Sure. Pretentious? Double sure.  But here's the thing. I spend much time thinking on…

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Tree Shadow
Tree Shadow © Harold Davis

Tree Shadow

The Grand Shrine of Ise is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu. One of Shinto's most sacred shrines, this complex of shrines, inner shrines, and sub-shrines covers a larger land…

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Bamboo Woods near Kyoto
Bamboo Woods near Kyoto © Harold Davis

Bamboo Woods near Kyoto

For the image of Bamboo Woods near Kyoto, I made seven exposures on my tripod at shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 a second to 20 seconds, varying each exposure by about…

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Cup Noodles Museum

When I first heard about the museum in Yokohama honoring Cup of Noodles instant soup, Nissin Food Products, and Momofuku Ando, the company's founder and the inventor of instant ramen…

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5-Story Pagoda
5-Story Pagoda © Harold Davis

5-Story Pagoda

I spent the day on Miyajima Island, which is a pretty wonderful place. I told Phyllis it was like Sausalito with a bit of religion, tame deer, and 300,000 oysters…

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Pretty Train
Pretty Train © Harold Davis

Pretty Train

At Kanazawa Station, on my way to Hiroshima, I saw this pretty train on a local track. I don't really know what it was about, but it seemed to be…

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Sushi Made by Harold
Sushi I Made © Harold Davis

Sushi Made by Harold

I had a lesson in making Temari sushi at In Kenazawa House. This kind of sushi is a specialty of the Kenazawa region, and based on small, round balls that…

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Coming into Kanazawa
Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa © Harold Davis

Coming into Kanazawa

Following a long "day" of travel I am now in Kanazawa, Japan. I use the term "day" somewhat notionally: I started early Wednesday morning California time and arrived at my…

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Tokyo here we come

I'm organizing a photography week in Tokyo for next year. As part of my research and planning for this destination photo workshop I pulled some photos from my files that…

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Nanzenji Aqueduct

Nanzenji is one of the Five Great Zen Temples of Kyoto, Japan. Wandering through the grounds at Nanzenji, I came across a huge red brick aqueduct, built in the 19th…

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Yoshino River

The Yoshino River is one of the three great rivers of Japan. Located on Shikoku Island, it is nicknamed "Shikoku Saburo," Sabaro being a popular first name for a third…

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Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo

In the eighteenth century, Tokyo---then known as Edo---was the world’s largest city, with a population of over one million. Today, Tokyo is still one of the world’s great metropoli, sprawling…

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Nachi-san

Japan, as someone put it to me, is the most exotic place one can go that is absolutely safe. Nachi-san, shown in this image, is one of the ends of…

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