The Autumn views in Hokkaido are quite different from those of say, Shirakawa- go in Japan which I have uploaded in my last post.
Here are a couple of forest view which I have taken in Hokkaido. They were taken in the middle of nowhere – we were just passing through on our way to the next destination.
Not too many of the leaves in trees have changed their color.
A couple of trees with yellow leaves stood out; they were a stark contrast with the trees in the background.
Sometimes, I feel a bit of melancholy with the colors of Autumn, however, they look beautiful – romantically beautiful!
One of the the best Autumn views I ever have was at Shirakawa-go, Japan.
Color foliage was everywhere as we strolled in the valley with A-frame farm houses.
The sight by the river was all the more colorful and peaceful.
Autumn was in the air, they made a joyful note!
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In our travels, we always come across merchandise displayed in shop windows.
I like window shopping- different cultures have their way of displaying merchandise.
The way merchandise are displayed in Japan is quite interesting and unique.
The shops are full of colors and vibrancy which are unique to their culture.
The following images were all taken in Shinkoku, Japan.
The first image is taken at the Towel Museum, the colors are just interesting.
Near to the Kintai bridge is this small shop which sells ice cream with 100 flavors – 100 flavors is their selling point – and there was a long queue of visitors waiting to buy.
Pottery shop alongside a waterway in Shinkoku.
Traditional lanterns displayed in the window shop.
Never saw an optical shop in such attractive colors – on first sight, I thought it was for something else.
Bags! These are what ladies are looking for.
Umbrellas – it is good that they still have specialty shops for umbrellas and fabric. Where I am based, all umbrella shops are closed because of the high shop rental and that umbrellas are now available at such a competitive price.
The world of merchandise is just a world of colors on display!
Here are two images of babies with a lot of contrasts between them.
The first one was taken in Japan.
I seldom take pictures of pictures. However, I have taken this from a photo by the side of a photo shop in Shinkoku, Japan.
I was attracted by the expression on his face and the seemingly large head when compared with his body.
The second photo was taken by Jennie, my sister-in-law, in Botswana.
It is the image of a baby girl of the Bushman tribe – an image I have shown before.
There is so much contrast between the two – one with white skin, eye almost closed, well dressed while the other is almost naked (apart from the necklace), dark skin, large and hopeful eye. They are of course from different parts of the world and so far apart.
To me, one represents joy while the other represents hope – and we need them both, as they are the Future of Humanity!
I was thinking of posting something on the Itsukushima Shrine, but never have the time to do it.
It would be a simpler task if I just concentrate on some of the things I saw – the Lions.
I have taken pictures of at least three Lions
Even when we alight the ferry and walked towards the shrine, there are various statutes, including Lions (second picture) alongside the seaside walk to the shrine.
Right at the waterfront of the shrine is a Lion (first picture)which is quite unusual in its sculpture. This lion looks powerful and photogenic.
In the nearby courtyard of the shrine, I also found a stone lion (last picture), which seems to be playful.
Lions have a special meaning in the Oriental culture, something which Orientals will revere.
This perhaps is my most liked image on Silhouette.
The image was taken in the aquarium in Okinawa, Japan.
The objects of the photos are not just the fishes swimming happily in the aquarium but also the visitors who appear as silhouettes against the blue aquarium waters.
Just from the silhouettes, it is clear that the visitors were having an enjoyable moment – pointing fingers at the passing stingrays or getting the fishes photographed with their mobiles or cameras.
I also had an enjoyable moment there getting both the fishes and the visitors photographed.
Well, everybody was preoccupied and having fun!
The picture was taken in the Towel Museum, Imabari, on one of my recent trips to Japan.
For those who have not been to this Tower Museum, I append below an introduction from this Museum:
There probably aren’t many towel museums around the world, so if you want to visit one before you die, you had better come to Imabari, Ehime. Here there’s a towel museum of unparalleled size and splendor. The reason for having a towel museum is that Imabari has a long history of producing towels, but competition overseas has meant that ‘just towels’ are a difficult sell. Ehime is responding by bringing a new design sensibility and quality with the aim of differentiating its towel products. So the museum represents something of a challenge to the rest of the towel-producing world.
They have a variety of exhibits showing how towels can be used in daily life and they have a shop too.
This is one of their exhibits – I am sure they are having a wonderful time and a leisurely dialogue over the dining table!