Images of Japan

Photographs added September 21!

My other pages about Japan:
SUMO Photographs | Autumn in Kyoto
My Life In Japan! | Links About Japan

Monument to Tokugawa Shogun

Women in kimono
Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo

Hundreds of Torii
Nezu Shrine, Tokyo

If you are planning a trip to Japan I highly recommend these books:

cover Gateway to Japan (Kodansha Guide) -- I used this book when I first went to Japan and it was fantastic. It has an excellent introduction to the country and highlights features that a visitor might find useful in organizing a trip - culture, food, history, etc and gives great suggestions of where to see what. Then each regional section has all the details for actually setting up your visit. They also have great walking tour suggestions and excellent choices of restaurants and hotels. If you just take one book, make sure this is the one. Make sure to read this book well in advance of your trip, because the introductory sections will definitely make you want to visit some different places after you read about them!
cover Memoirs of a Geisha -- A long-standing bestseller, but definitely worth reading. Amazing accuracy of details! This book really transports the reader back in history and will provide historical and cultural background that will make your visit even more enjoyable. Read it even if you never plan to go to Japan!

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