two girls in kimonos in Kiyomizu, Kyoto, Japan


While the sun ascends over the Eastern horizon, I feel the chill of early morning as I frame my camera towards the glowing Sakura petals. I press my shutter button and look around at the orange and pink light rays surrounding me. I close my eyes to take a deep breathe. I know I've found a brief moment of peace.

Sakura petals near Chureito Pagoda, JapanKiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan

Japan was everything I expected it to be, and more. It's not only a country who leads the technological forefront, but one deeply rooted in its culture. You'll discover cities as it once was, and see history as it was. From the hustle of Tokyo to the serenity of Kyoto, there is an experience and vibe to every city yearning to be explored.

A woman walking with an umbrella in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Yasaka Pagoda in Kyoto, JapanTwo women walking down the steps at Fushinari Inari-taisha in Kyoto, Japan
Shibuya crossing in Tokyo, Japan
"I know I've found a brief moment of peace."

Japan taught me the perseverance of culture. Much like the castles and pagodas, there are snippets of past influence behind every neon-lit sign. While the days of carrying a pair of daishō are long gone, its significance is still tied to our time. You get a peek at life during the golden age for honor, and everyone who visits wants a closer look.

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