I took this photo of smoke cloud rising above the cloud line over Sakurajima from my hotel balcony on the last day of my Christamas holiday in Kagoshima in 2011.
The next two photos were taken during a day trip to Miyajima Island in November 2011.
This photo was taken in a cave at Daishoin Temple, Miyajima, where 88 altars are set up for the 88 temples on Shikoku Island.
The Obon festival in August is a time when the spirits of the dead are said to return. These lanterns are set up in graveyards to greet the ancestral spirits. This is a photograph of some obon lanterns outside my local DIY store in August 2011.
A typical scene at our local shrine, Shoria Jinja’s summer festival. There was also a kagura performance at Shiora Jinja – it was going on behind me as I took this photo.
Shioya shrine festival stalls, summer 2011.