Japan – a vibrant, noisy, peaceful, loud, calm, colourful, hectic country. A country that is full of people, but a place where you can still find so much quiet. My travels to Japan took me across the nation, exploring as much as I possibly could in the limited time that I had, tasting, seeing, smelling and feeling it all. I am counting the days until I can return to continue discovering more about this incredible country, until then, I must satisfy myself with photos from the journey.
A Japanese fire artist dances with flames in Nozawa Onsen for an end of winter celebration.
With food stalls and markets peppered everywhere, seeing, smelling and tasting all the delicious foods becomes a full-time travel job
A local woman cycles though the streets of Matsumoto
A young girl steals a few moments of quiet in a beautiful Japanese garden
The busyness of Shibuya Crossing as night falls in Tokyo
A local shop vendor looks unimpressed as a deer noses into his store
Life continues amidst the visiting travellers at the peaceful Kasuga Grand Shrine
Nara is home to thousands of wild deer, wandering through the gardens and around the temples.
The Three Wise Monkeys stand watch over evil at a shrine in Matsumoto
Locals wait for a train to pass on the outskirts of Tokyo, away from the busy centre, Tokyo is surprisingly peaceful
A fishmonger preps an order at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
After an early start fishmongers begin to pack down their work areas, another day done
The aftermath of the hectic morning tuna sale at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo