The colors of Japan

This post is about admiring how color-full Japan is, as I did with a group of friends during my first time in the country this May. It was the best of times: right after graduation (woo!) and freshly summer in Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo. There was eye-candy everywhere, from the rice paddied countryside to the electric mosaics of Shinjuku. Here’s a selection of photos from the trip, selected purely because they’re colorful.


Right outside the Tofukui-ji Temple in Kyoto. Such a bright, happy little baby. Just look at it. Let your eyes bask in that solar-powered pink. (❛▿❛✿)


The volcanic glow of one of Akihabara’s multi-storied arcades. A photo you can hear.


Got a lucky shot of this tangy torii tunnel. More than 10,000 of these arches innervate the mountainside, each one paid for by a local business.

Golden, rich egg tarts from a food market in Kyoto.

If we had made it to the famous Arashiyama bamboo forest before dusk, I probably would’ve made that my dedicated green photo. But instead I give you this: an ascent through the woods of Mount Takao on Japan’s steepest funicular. Looks like something out of Studio Ghibli. And goes nicely with this next one.

The fading blues of Mount Fuji, as seen from the summit of Mount Takao.

And lastly, Shibuya Crossing. An illustration of controlled chaos.

And that’s it. That’s a brief recap of my brief time in one of the world’s most photogenic and color-saturated countries. I was really satisfied by this series of photos, and couldn’t pass up the chance to share my impression of Japan in the form of these quick blasts of color. Thanks for scrolling along. (^∇^)

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