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Night Scenes in Japan (Photos)Malta Atsushi (Photographs)/Marumaru Motoo (Text)

Japan is enjoying an ongoing boom in yakei, the appreciation of nighttime scenery, which has become a popular form of tourism in its own right. The bright lights of urban landscapes are especially popular, but there are many variations, from factories to hot springs.

Strolling Beneath the Cherry Trees (Video)

Walking under cherry trees in full bloom is a simple way to appreciate the beauties of the season.

Professional Wrestling and the Hidden Harmony of Battle (Photos)Rodrigo Reyes Marín (Photographer)

There are strong ties between professional wrestling in Mexico and Japan. Many Japanese wrestlers have built careers in the Latin American country and substantial numbers of their Mexican counterparts have come to Japan to grapple. Japan-based Mexican photographer Rodrigo Reyes has dedicated himself to documenting the bonds between Japanese and Mexican pro wrestling.

Japan’s Castles Stir Memories of Feudal Past (Photos)Yamashita Shigeki (Photographer)

Japan’s castles, mainly built by powerful regional leaders in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, are among the country’s top tourist attractions. In this collection, photographer Yamashita Shigeki captures the rich variety of Japanese castles in all their majesty.

Hot Springs and Snow Monkeys: Four Seasons in “Hell Valley” (Photos)Kobayashi Hideki (Photographer)

Japanese macaques are unusual among monkeys in preferring a cold habitat to a tropical or subtropical one. Like most Japanese, these “snow monkeys” like nothing more than soaking in a hot-spring bath in winter. Here we showcase Kobayashi Hideki’s photos of these endearing creatures.

An Agricultural Wonder: Japan’s Vanishing Terraced Rice Fields (Photos)Kit Takenaga (Photographer)

Terraced rice fields, constructed and refined by farmers over centuries, were once a common sight on Japan’s hillsides. Today, though, they are disappearing from the landscape. These photographs document the natural, agricultural, and cultural heritage of the tanada.

Sushi Heaven (Video)

A lot of work goes into a serving of sushi. The skills of a sushi master include carefully selecting the fish and applying various techniques to preserve its freshness. We discover the fine cuisine of the famous Ginza restaurant Sushi Aoki.

A Year in the Life of Ise Shrine (Photos)Nakano Haruo (Photographer)

The year 2013 was a special one in Ise, as Japan’s most important Shinto shrine was rebuilt from scratch—the latest iteration of a ceremony carried out every 20 years since the seventh century. This selection of photographs by a man who grew up close to the shrine shows the beauty of the four seasons in one of Japan’s most important sacred spaces.

World Heritage: Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) (360° Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

This series of 360° panoramic images shows Hiroshima as you’ve never seen it before—from the inside of the A-Bomb Dome (normally closed to the public) to the August 6 memorial ceremony, the Peace Memorial Museum, and the lantern floating ceremony held to commemorate those who died in the world’s first nuclear attack.

Ōmagari Hanabi―the Pinnacle of Japanese Fireworks Displays (Photos)Izumiya Gensaku (Photographer)

Around 500 firework displays are held every year throughout Japan, mostly in summer. The famous Ōmagari National Fireworks Competition held at Daisen in Akita Prefecture is the biggest of them all. The beauty of fireworks is introduced here through the work of a photographer who specializes in capturing the fleeting beauty of fireworks.

Izumo Taisha Shrine: The Ancient Meeting Place of the Gods (Photos)Nakano Haruo (Photographer)

Izumo’s religious importance dates back to the very dawn of Japanese history. The Izumo Taisha shrine is said to be where the myriad gods of the Shinto pantheon gather from all corners of Japan for a month-long meeting once a year. What made them choose this place? Nakano Haruo’s evocative images of this special place suggest an answer.

Gunkanjima: A Sacred Site of Relics (360° Panorama)Somese Naoto (Photographer)

In its heyday, the coal mining island of Gunkanjima was the most densely populated place in the world. Today, nearly 40 years after the mine was closed, it is uninhabited but is attracting new attention for its relics, which exude the sadness of the past. It was also catapulted to fame in 2012 as the model for an island in the James Bond movie Skyfall. See places not open to the general public in these stunning, high-definition immersive photographs.

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