Japan (Nipon, Nippon, Nihon) - the land of the gods.
Even as I wander on my journey
It always stays above me in the sky
This moon at dawn,
This moon I gazed on in the Capital.
Lady Sarashina - Heian-Kyo 1048
(Excerpt from "As I crossed a bridge of dreams" by Ivan Morris - ISBN 0-14-044282-0)
Photo Frantisek Staud ©
Perhaps not all pages are translated into English at the time you read this, so you might end up on our Dutch pages.
Sorry for this inconvenience. We're working on that one...
Many of the beautiful pictures on this and the next pages are from Frantisek Staud (www.phototravels.net). Frantisek has a website filled with loads of gorgeous pictures of Japan. His work touched me in my soul, reason why we made an agreement and I obtained permission to include some of his pictures on this site. The best thing one can do is of course visit Japan firsthand, but for all those who will never go that far or those who just love beautiful photographs, a visit to Frantisek's site is a must.
Tea ceremony in Kyoto (foto:© Frantisek Staud)
will encounter every now and then a water color painting. These are
made by Koban-san (mister policeman, that is, as we will call
him for now).
Enjoy the reading, Boudewijn.