On Valentine's Day 2014, snow fell all over Japan. I took my camera to World Heritage Site Daigo Temple in Kyoto to capture the magical combination of ancient architecture and snow. Colorful banners for the upcoming Godairiki-san event lined the paths. The vermilion red of Bentendo Hall and the bridge over the pond made a startling contrast, and the wooden five story pagoda seemed insubstantial behind a veil of snowflakes.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.