Rice-paddies reflecting the evening sunsets and glittering in orange. The houses tend to be separated from each other and surrounded by trees, with the farmland extending beyond them. This settlement pattern mitigates damage from fires, which can be easily fanned by the foehn winds that blow along the Japan Sea.
Underwater: manta rays, the most graceful swimmer in the Okinawa oceans
Drone shot: autumn at Onuma Quasi-National Park in Hokkaido
Amazing rocket launch moments in Japan
Festivals in Japan: Aomori Nebuta Festival
Underwater: northern sea lions flock to a tiny island