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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 Japan’s most important sacred spaces.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Mount Fuji: Where the Spirits Dwell (Photos)Ōyama Yukio (Photographer)

Japan’s iconic mountain is at the heart of the country’s spiritual traditions. Ōyama Yukio has spent almost 40 years photographing Mount Fuji. Here he presents a selection of images that capture the spiritual side of the mountain. The photographs continue from our previous post on his work from January 2012, "Mount Fuji Through the Lens of Ōyama Yukio." 
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A Skytree Grows in Tokyo (Photos)Satō Shintarō

More than a year has passed since Tokyo Skytree opened on May 22, 2012. In that short time the majestic tower has already become a Tokyo landmark, visited by thousands every day. This slideshow presents photographs taken by Satō Shintarō over four years as the tower inched higher and higher into the Tokyo sky.
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Yamaguchi Akira’s World (Photos)Yamaguchi Akira

Artist Yamaguchi uses the technique and approaches of traditional Japanese painting to open up new possibilities for contemporary art. His superbly detailed paintings reward close inspection. Take a closer look!
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Tateyama: Another World Above the Clouds (Photos)Yanagi Akinobu

The Tateyama mountain range in Toyama Prefecture is a special place, offering climbers access to a world of stunning snow-swept landscapes and a precious opportunity to see the ptarmigans that have lived here since the last Ice Age. Nature photographer Yanagi Akinobu presents a selection of his favorite images of the area.
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Isezaki Jun’s Beautiful “Bizen” Pottery (Photos)Ōhashi Hiroshi (Photographer)

Isezaki Jun has been designated as a “living national treasure” for his “bizen” pottery creations. This traditional style of pottery is distinguished for its reddish-brown color and lack of glaze. Here we take a closer look at his marvelous creations.
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Floating Like a Cloud (Photos)Hayashi Natsumi (Photographer)

Hayashi Natsumi is floating above the ground. She has not jumped, she has levitated. This gravity-defying spectacle takes place against the backdrop of everyday life. Take a look at the photographs and feel yourself float away.
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The Woodland Oasis (Photos)Ōhashi Hiroshi (Photographer)

Yaho no Jōyama is a small area of woodland in Kunitachi, on the outskirts of the Tokyo metropolis. Just steps away from a residential area and busy train lines lies a self-contained oasis of tranquility and unspoiled nature.
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