[Japan in Pictures] Colorful Manhole Covers

Being able to discover beauty in the most unlikely places is one thing I really love about Japan. Hidden alleys, temples and shrines, little gardens in front of houses, juxtaposition of tradition and modern structures. Something that immediately caught my eye on my first trip to Japan were the colorful manhole covers with different designs…

[Japan in Pictures] Shoutengai | lostmyheartinjapan.com

[Japan in Pictures] Shoutengai (商店街)

Shoutengai is the japanese term for “shopping street” or “shopping district” and surely you know such a place in your hometown as well. The Shoutengai here in Japan often are blocked from traffic and housed under a long covering roof. The size of the Shoutengai vary from very small to unbelievably large. If you have…

Osechi Ryouri - New Year's Traditions | lostmyheartinjapan.com

[Japan in Pictures] Osechi

Osechi ryouri are traditional New Year foods in Japan, that have been around since the Heian period. Every dish has a meaning, such as ebi (prawns) as a symbol for long life, kuro-mame (black beans) for health or konbu (seaweed) for joy. Making all those different dishes by yourself takes a lot of time and…

Doraemon - Beloved anime character | lostmyheartinjapan.com

[Japan in Pictures] Doraemon

Every child in Japan (and every adult as well) knows Doraemon, the blue robot cat without ears, who can pull gadgets for every occasion from its pocket. Have you heard of Doraemon, maybe even seen episodes of the anime in your home country?

Momiji - The beautiful autumn foliage in Japan | lostmyheartinjapan.com

[Japan in Pictures] Momiji

If I post one picture a day it would take years to show you each and every one of the thousands of pictures I have stored away on my hard drive and various hard disks. And since I won’t stop making photos, it would never end. So why not put those photos to good use…