The Secret Life of Moss at Gioji

Back in my Japan trip, I took a detour into a small and tucked-away shrine in the western district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. And was I glad to have been there. In its tiny confines was a whole universe of verdant greenery, abundantly expressed through various species of moss. Layers of it hugged the ground,Continue reading “The Secret Life of Moss at Gioji”

Tokyo Sumo Bout

There was excitement and anticipation in the air, when, two years ago, I walked the periphery of the Ryogoku Stadium to watch the September 2015 tournament bout. Colorful banners waved in the air, cheerfully showcasing the names of the dozens of wrestlers I would be seeing today. Each one of them would only have oneContinue reading “Tokyo Sumo Bout”

Hong Kong: Urban Jungle

My sister and I visited the city way back in 2013. It was a special trip for me, as it was the very first time that I had actually tried shooting with an actual, honest-to-goodness, proper camera (a Nokia 6610 makes for a poor DSLR, unfortunately). And what better place to explore the world ofContinue reading “Hong Kong: Urban Jungle”

Zen in Eikando

The foliage of Eikando Temple is said to be most spectacular during Autumn. During the season, evening lights illuminate red leaves that stretch out towards the starry sky. I arrived there last year just as summer was ending; the scarlet hues that would eventually dominate Eikando’s foliage had not yet fully taken root. Still, theContinue reading “Zen in Eikando”