One Year in Japan – A Photo Essay

It goes without saying that 2011 was a difficult year for everyone in Japan.  As the country continues to mend in 2012, I hope the rest of the world does not forget the beauty that is everywhere here.

In 12 months, through four distinct seasons and an emotionally impactful year, it is Japan that taught me how to be strong, persevering and unafraid.  For that, I am forever grateful.

2011年はとても大変でした、でも日本が大好きです。

January

Gyouden Park in Namerikawa on a snowy January morning

February

Hakuba Ski Resort in Nagano, Japan

March

Volunteers in Namerikawa, Japan pack boxes filled with relief items for victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

April

Cherry blossoms in Kojo Park, Takaoka, Japan

May

Bonsai rooftop garden at Bonsai Guesthouse in Osaka, Japan

June

Sea of Japan sunset from Namerikawa

July

Creek in Kamiichi, Japan

August

Nebuta festival in Namerikawa, Japan

September

Owara Kaze no Bon Festival in Yatsuo, Japan

October

A traditional Japanese garden in Toyama, Japan

November

Design Festa in Tokyo

December

Two brothers enjoying candy canes at Namerikawa International Day

All of these photos were taken with my iPhone, Nikon Coolpix S6000 or Lumix G2.

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