Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Japanese summer green VII

White lilies in the forest - imagine their perfume floating in the warm summer air!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Japanese summer green VI

Delicious green asparagus, just pure, with a bit of fleur de sel ...mmmmmh!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Japanese summer green V

Moss-covered roof of historical watermill (Michinoku Folklore Village)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Japanese summer green IV

Friday, August 26, 2016

Japanese summer green III

Japanese maple tree somewhere in Kitakami.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Japanese summer green II

2 meter high tobacco plants, at the Kitakami Michinoku Folklore Village.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Japanese summer green I

Rice paddy inside the Michinoku Folklore Village.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

What a feast!

That's how the table looked like when we where invited recently by friends in Kitakami. We managed to finish almost everything. But I have to admit that we where ten persons altogether.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rainy day in Iwate

... in the Kitakami Poetry Park, near the Japanese modern poetry and literature museum.

Monday, August 15, 2016

All-time family favorite food: Okonomiyaki!

... at the Dotonbori-Restaurant in Kitakami (near the Loc Town Shopping Center). It's all about preparing it yourself!              
So yummy!
(although it has nothing in common with the esthetical principles and rules practised with other japanese dishes)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Simple, healthy and delicious

Japanese breakfast at our friend's house.

Summer in the Tohoku forests

The White Lily, Kitakami's city flower -  symbolizing the growth of thecity with its clean beauty and strong life force. This one is growing in the Michinoku Folklore Village . They are now everywhere in the forests, filling the air with their sweet, almost heavy perfume.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Four years ago ...

... two girls enjoying spring at the beach of Rikuzentakata.

Monday, May 09, 2011

First spring days in the Mountains of Northern Japan

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Spring camellia

... in spring 2006, at the Sekaino Tsubakikan Goishi , near the tsunami-striken Iwate coast - has anybody an idea how things are looking there?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Beach still life in a little bay near Kaminari-iwa, Goishi-kaigan, Iwate

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Rocks, sea and trees near Rikuzentakata

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Matsushima Bay, March 2007

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jodogahama beach, Myako, 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Peaceful ocean near Rikuzentakata, 2008

I will continue to post pictures of the coast of Iwate for some time, taken during the years we lived in the region, to express my deep grief about what happened, and my hope that Japan will keep its courage.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ofunato, 2006

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rikuzentakata, at the beach (2008)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo taken from Rikuzentakata beach, 2008.

Japan needs help: Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region, closely cooperating with japanese organizations:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shrine near Rikuzentakata, April 2006

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ofunato, 2006

Friday, March 18, 2011

Figurines in a shrine near Rikuzentakata, Iwate (photo taken April 2006)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Spring - well merited.

Old chestnut tree.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Caterpillar, observed october at the Iwate coast.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kitakami countryside

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Other style

Monday, November 03, 2008

Waiting for the show to begin.

During the summit of environment in Kitakami.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Fisherman in Rikuzentakata

Saturday, November 01, 2008

After the fight

... with only three legs left (normally, spiders have eight). But bravely waiting for the next prey (who might take the remaining legs).

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ripening rice

... and its wonderful golden-green color all over the landscape.
See here how it will be harvested.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More new houses

I will never understand why they are built so very close to each other. And it's a pity that little by little, so many rice paddies in Kitakami are eaten up by those new housing areas.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Old mountains and new plastic houses

Close to Kitakami, Iwate.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Meanwhile, rice harvest is almost over in Northern Japan, but on our recent trip it just had started, so in many rice paddies, we saw scarecrows - but modern ones like these are quite rare.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Red spider lilly (Lycoris radiata)

This flower, higanbana in japanese, in autumn is omnipresent in Japan.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tatami room

... where we had the pleasure to stay during our September trip to Iwate.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Army of water striders

... in the Kitakami Poem Park.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Susuki in the morning mist

Friday, October 17, 2008

More susuki grass

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Autumn grass (Miscanthus sinensis)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Back in Japan

... for a three weeks holiday - Kitakami, we're coming!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Living next door to everybody

Small house neighbourhood in Uenomachi, Kitakami.