In Photos: Japan in Red

For this mini photo essay, I wanted to share a few leftover photos from the autumn and winter season in Japan. Up first is Tokyo’s 2017 Furusato Matsuri, an indoor event celebrating all the different foods, souvenirs, and unique festivals from around Japan. From Okinawa’s Eisa Matsuri to Aomori’s Nebuta Festival to Tokyo’s Koenji Awa Odori festival, locals from around the country gathered in Tokyo to dance, show off the magnificent (both in size and color) festival floats, and represent the spirit of their city.

The last two photos include a snapshot of a couple having their wedding photos taken among the autumn colors in Kyoto, and lastly, girls who got dressed up in kimonos to walk around Kyoto and take selfies.

For me, red is a fiery, passionate, sometimes angry color, that reminds me of everything from blood and strawberries to stop signs and fire hydrants. Japan looks good in red. Perhaps because red provides great contrast to the sea of jet black hair and dark-colored wardrobe.


tokyo furusato matsuri

Life is a balancing act.

What if we fall? But what if we fly?

“And a country is not just a country, I mean it is part of you. You are part of it in a way that is very difficult to describe to other people.”

“Wherever you have friends that’s your country. Wherever you receive love that’s your home.”

“If something can be done about the situation, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected?”

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