One November afternoon, driving home from hiking the Nishizawa Valley, we stopped off at Erinji Temple. One of the temple's neighbors was burning rubbish, and the smoke drifted lazily through the temple grounds. The result was about five minutes of magical lighting as rays of autumn sunshine slanted down over Erinji's second gate. Also photo-worthy were women wearing kimono, strings of orange persimmons hanging to dry, and the temple's elegantly twisted pine trees. Actually, The temples of Yamanashi seem to always have the most beautiful pine trees!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine 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.