Midori Days

I can’t seem to get Japan out of my head!
Here’s a green, green gallery from the land of the rising sun:

Uji Tea, Kyoto
Geisha, Kyoto

Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

75 thoughts on “Midori Days

  1. I’m not surprised you cant’! Absolutely beautiful. The tea and soup both look very strange, I’m not sure how I would manage with the food there!

    1. Thanks Gilly
      I have never before had a problem with food anywhere, But Japan was hard! The strange flavours just got too much after a while πŸ™‚

  2. I do like your green theme, that color makes your images pop. Very pretty!

  3. Japan works very well for this challenge, Madhu. It’s the clean, simple design of temples and gardens, the way food is presented, and so on.

    But it sometimes surprises me that the Japanese have a very kitsch side to their taste too – Hello Kitty, for starters.

    1. Me too πŸ™‚ That Kitsch is such a contrast to the Zen mystique commonly associated with Japan. It seems restricted to urban Japan though. Unless the traditional Japan we perceived is just reserved for tourists!

    1. Oh, thank you Ron! Delighted that you think so πŸ™‚
      Considering I had a much better camera, I expected a distinct improvement in quality from my earlier images that i don’t perceive. I obviously haven’t figured out all that the camera has to offer!

  4. This is an amazing collage of Japan! It spells out “Best of Japan” to me! Sounds like you had an “unforgettable” time! As did I the 6 times I’ve been here! πŸ™‚ Keep up the stunning photos Madhu!

  5. Beautiful green, Madhu! Love the landscape and temple. Speaking of food, I heard that Japanese people love Ding Tai Fung. When they travel to Taiwan, that’s where they eat. πŸ™‚

  6. I’m actually sitting in the Tokyo airport as I write this. Unfortunately, I won’t get to see what’s beyond it’s walls and windows, but I’m happy enough to be eating sushi in Japan, if only for an hour.

    I’ll be back.

    1. What a pity! But Sushi in Japan is a good thing, as long that is not all that you get to eat for days πŸ˜€ I KNOW you’lll be back!

    1. Thank you. The tea was my entry for ‘foreign’, but the colour is so green, I couldn’t not include it for this challenge πŸ™‚

  7. Ah! Wonderful post ! Well, I love sushi, sashimi and hot sake ! But, ofcos, your pictorial post has a superb offering in both sense and sensibility. Madhu rocks !! xx

      1. I’ve been through a lot of it. Mostly in Kyushu and Tokyo areas. I’d love to see more though. Beautiful country, although a bit expensive. I live in Korea though, so at least it’s close by.

  8. Oh dear, I’ve rushed to the end without reading the other comments Madhu – just quickly wanted to say I’m so glad your head’s still filled with images of Japan, cause it’s such a treat for us. You know which i’m going to pick, I’m sure: The Green Obi. Oh what splendour and style! πŸ™‚

  9. I love how the Japanese turn food into art. That soup looks amazing. Great images, Madhu! Sounds like you were quite taken with the country and need to plan another visit.

  10. Hi, Madhu: I am not surprised you are absorbed by Japan. The images are so vivid, the Japanese attention to colour and detail and so much else just amazing. Lovely pictures.

  11. Beautiful- why would you want Japan out of your head- so many beautiful photes to share!

  12. Stunning photography Madhu,I really enjoy it thanks for sharing my friend.

  13. Leave it to you Madhu to choose some amazing photos for the Weekly Challenge. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  14. what a great collection of greens. thanks for travelling to Japan and sharing your discoveries here. i still remember your description of that green tea from a recent post. what a beautiful presentation that is! and the header image is gorgeous.
    thanks for sharing.

    1. oops, that was supposed to say ‘pix & kardz’. for some reason kardz by kris came up as the default instead. but it’s really me! πŸ™‚

  15. Are these your photos, Madhu? They are glorious!
    Japan is a green country, especially in spring (although it’s also pink then) and in summer, still somewhat in fall although it’s really red then, and sometimes in winter. And beautiful in every season and every color.
    Your gallery made me so homesick! even though Japan is not my actual home. In another life, it must have been. I am hoarding your posts on Japan to enjoy little by little.

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