Sunday, December 14, 2014

Poetry Pantry #231

Photos of  Japan
By Totomai Martinez

Autumn Lake in Yamanashi, Japan

"This is my favorite autumn photo that I took. I can still remember the time I went around 
this lake and almost forgot to take photos because I was in awe."

Otaru Canal in Hokkaido, Japan

"One of the popular winter destinations in Japan is in Hokkaido. During winter, 
the town celebrates annual snow festival showcasing ice scultptures.
The Otaru canal is particularly famous during the blue hour."

Hanamigawa River in Chiba, Japan

"Funny but I really hate myself while taking this photo. I forgot to bring my DSLR and just settled with my phone 
camera.This was taken while biking. I need to go back here next spring. I found cherry blossoms relaxing."

Sakura at Meguro, Tokyo, Japan 

"Another cherry blossoms pic. I decided to include this, as night viewing 
of cherry blossoms are very popular in Tokyo area."

Poppies at Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

"Another spring photo but poppies are also popular in Japan during springtime.
Most tourists think that during spring, only cherry blossoms can be seen in Japan."

Hamaorisai at Chigasaki, Japan

"This is how Japanese welcome summer.
It was one of the unique activities I have seen here."

Mt. Fuji at Yamanashi, Japan

"I guess Japan series will not be complete if Mt. Fuji 
is not included. It’s one of my favorite photos." 

Greetings, Poets!

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  This is a very busy season of the year for many of us, so I appreciate very much that you took time to link to Poetry Pantry today and to visit others as well.  Hope each of you is enjoying holiday preparations and celebrations, as well as taking a bit of time to enjoy writing and reading poetry.

As I mentioned last week, Poets United will be taking a winter break.  All will go on as usual this next week, but next Sunday we will have the final Poetry Pantry for 2014. After that at Poets United you will see a holiday message which will remain in place until January 4's Poetry Pantry, when our usual schedule will resume once more!

This week's beautiful photos have been shared by Totomai.  Hope you all enjoy them.  Stop back at Poets United for Sherry's interview of Totomai on Monday.  I know that you will enjoy it!  And on Wednesday, you will find another writing opportunity at the Midweek Motif.  Here's a hint:  The subject this next week will involve music.  You will find out more on that day.  Smiles.  And on Friday, remember to see who Rosemary Nissen-Wade features on "I Wish I Had Written This" or  "The Living Dead."

Again:  I issue an invitation here to those of you who participate in Poetry Pantry.  If YOU have special photos that you would like me to feature some week (after the holidays), let me know what kind of photos you have.  Send inquiries first to  I am interested in city or country views - in your home area or places you have traveled.

Link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below. Then visit other poets.  And I will too.  We really like it if you link back to Poets United too, so we spread the Poetry Pantry word in the blogosphere.  Come back a few times on Sunday and Monday to see what's new.  Visit some strangers, and they will become new friends!  Making new friends and reading new poetry, what more could one want?

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  1. Wow.. What a wonderful set of pictures.. Each one of them are a piece of poetry. I'm really impressed.

    1. I read your poem that you submitted this week, and I was astonished at how well written it was. I really could feel the depravity and the soils of the city life. Kind of reminded me of how New York City used to be back in 30s. Really well written. :)

    2. This helped me to breathe freely this morning

  2. I agree with Bjorn - absolutely beautiful photographs - each one is a piece of poetry (as Bjorn said) each one could be a wonderful poetic prompt :) Thank you for these

  3. Incidentally Bjorn - your photographs from last week absolutely blew my mind with their sheer magnificence ...

  4. Agree with Bjorn too - excellent images. Also thanks for the opportunity to share here.

    Been on night shift, so off to bed now. I will visit other poets on rising and tomorrow morning.

    Kind regards.
    Anna :o]

  5. Have to concur...these are works of seen through an artist's eye and especially the last is my favorite too!

  6. Hi All

    I am back in Japan, thank God there's no jetlag since it's only one hour time difference between Philippines and Japan. Currently adjusting to the cold weather though.

    Hope you will enjoy the photos and will inspire you to visit Japan.

    Have a nice week everyone!

    1. I absolutely loved the photos that you have taken and shared with everyone. I too was really amazed by the autumn photo that you had taken. What I really love about Japan though is the unique differences from province to province. I would love to see a photo collage that combines the rural life with the city life of Japan.
      I've always wanted to travel there just to get a good experience outside of my own country for a change. Unfortunately money becomes quite an issue for me nowadays.

  7. Back in the mountains, nestled in the woods with loving, patient, and positive family... not to mention everyone I meet, with smiles and have a positive attitude.
    So glad to be back in a sane wonderful place. A writer takes his chances when he leaves his cave... beat up, robbed, and displaced... a disgrace... but I left my hat on and found my way back! Thank you for you who left the light on.
    Enjoyed your photos totomai

    1. So happy to hear this good news, ZQ. "Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in." Am so happy you have them. Looking foreard to your new poems! You were missed.

    2. Glad to see you, ZQ. Back in the mountains, nestled with family, seems like a good place to be.

  8. Exquisite photos@! I especially like the first where I see a reflection in the lake behind the autumn leaves. They are all awesome, though, Totomai. Thank you all, Poets United, for your comments on my poem and for leaving greetings here and at each other's sites!

  9. Totomai,
    eye captures the world
    suspending the sands of time
    gives beauty away

    Thank YOU!

  10. A good Sunday morning (here) to each of you again. Always wonderful to see a sea of faces over at the pantry. Also wonderful to see the comments of those who post here. It is sort of like a morning gathering at the coffee shop when that happens. Remember, if any of you who post here have some photos, do make an inquiry with me. I will be needing some in the new year.

  11. Totomai, your pictures are stunning ~ I specially love the river and the Sakura ~

    I have been away on a study break but I am back now, trying to find my words again ~

    Wishing you all Happy Sunday ~

  12. Beautiful photos, I especially like the last one as there is such a deep sense of calmness and peace..a reflective place for the soul. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Greetings, poets. Totomai, your photos are absolutely wonderful. You should have an exhibition and publish a book. I hope you all have a great Sunday.

    1. YES! See? I told you you should do a book! Totomai, your photos are poetry captured in landscape. The Mt Fuji shot would make a wonderful art print........each of these is simply glorious. Many thanks!

    2. Pressure's on me. Will try this holiday making a photobook

  14. Oh my gosh, Totomai, these photos are amazingly beautiful!! Also, good morning to everyone here at the pantry! Good to see that there's going to be lots to read today! I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday :)

  15. What the beautiful photos, Totomai! Love the sakura and fall picture, ah thank you for the treat. Happy Sun-Day to all!

  16. A lovely feast in here today, my friends......looking forward to diving in. I am feeling slightly nudged out of my torpor - that is a hopeful sign, LOL.

    1. Glad to hear, Sherry! Hope is the light of the world.

  17. Great to se Totomai's photos - your work is beautiful and what a way to end a year

  18. I really love landscapes in general, so these pictures were, in my eyes, exceptional! :) I specifically liked the autumn one the most. Might be because I was born in the autumn, but at the same time I enjoy all the magnificent colors that are displayed during this time of year. Very inspirational. :)

    P.S. Don't forget to check out my poetry blog if you haven't already.

    I post a new poem each day if I can. If I don't post a poem that day, I try to make up for it the following day. Don't forget to email subscribe so that you don't miss out on the newest poems. :)

    1. Hi Kenn, we all enjoy visits to our blogs; and when someone visits my blog I will definitely visit them back. The way to become involved in this community is to start by visiting and commenting on the poems of many others. Before long you will have reciprocity going....and both you AND the other will get to know one another.

    2. I've noticed that starting to happen quite a bit as of late. It is actually really exciting, but at the same time really stressful. I like responding to everyone's comments and checking out their blogs in return. It is all kinds of fun being active like this since my last blog that didn't work out nearly as good as this one.

  19. Hello everyone, love the pictures Japan is one place I would love to visit only had the opportunity for a layover enroute to the Philippines once. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

  20. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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