Exploring Western Prefectures

Chugoku | Japan

From Spring 2017 — To Spring 2019

Collection bio

An elegant collection of gallery-quality fine art photographic prints, designed to transport you to the enchanting Chugoku Region of Japan. Immerse yourself in the captivating Ghibli charm of Tomonoura village, the architectural elegance of Kintaikyo Bridge, the exotic history of Mitarai, the serene beauty of the Geiyo Islands, the tranquil waters of Seto Inland Sea, the picturesque canals of Kurashiki, and the delightful character of Yanai and its cute washi goldfish lanterns.

Situated in the westernmost part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan, the Chugoku Region is a treasure trove of natural wonders and rich cultural heritage.

Our curated photographic prints showcase the captivating contrast between the old-world fishing villages of the Geiyo Islands and the modern suspension bridges seamlessly connecting them to greater Japan. Experience the warmth of the local people, who take immense pride in their Japanese heritage and offer delightful local delicacies and endearing town mascots inspired by nature. 

As a part of our Photo Essay: Exploring Western Prefectures, these prints have been carefully crafted to reflect the rich history and inspiring spirit of the Chugoku Region. Each print is a chapter in a tale, providing an authentic glimpse into the creative energy and vibrancy that defines this extraordinary part of the world. We believe that the art you display on your walls should captivate, inspire, and tell a story that resonates with you on a visual, emotional, and contextual level. Elevate your space with our stunning photographic prints and experience the magic of the Chugoku Region.

A single illuminated paper goldfish lantern suspended in the air against a black background, more blurred lanterns can vaguely be seen in the background — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

A single illuminated goldfish paper lantern

Yanai | Japan

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Couple riding on a motorbike, the driver waving his yellow glove in a friendly way. Tomonoura Village, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Couple riding motorbike in Tomonoura #1

Hiroshima-Ken | Japan

Travel and Place

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The Joyato Stone Lighthouse above stone steps. Tomonoura Village, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Steps in front of the Joyato stone lighthouse in Tomonoura

Hiroshima-Ken | Japan

Travel and Place

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Flowers growing tall on a tiled shop roof in Tomonoura Village, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Wild snapdragon flowers growing out of tiled Japanese roof in Tomonoura

Hiroshima-Ken | Japan

Travel and Place

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Japanese pine tree in the foreground with Kinyaikyo Bridge in the background. Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Kintaikyo bridge with Japanese pine tree in foreground

Iwakuni City | Japan

Architecture

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Japanese pine tree in the foreground with Kinyaikyo Bridge blurred in the background. Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Japanese pine tree with blurred Kintaikyo bridge behind

Iwakuni City | Japan

Travel and Place

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Two Japanese punters, wearing traditional clothing and wide conical hats, punting a tourist boat across the Nishiki River in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Punters ferrying passengers across the Nishiki River

Iwakuni City | Japan

Travel and Place

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A lilac-washed seascape scene taken from Osaki Shimojima Island, looking out over veiled layers of mountainous islands — Geiyo Region, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Lilac washed Seto Island Seascape at dusk

Geiyo Islands | Japan

Travel and Place

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A large painted blue storehouse building flanks a narrow alley filled with traditional wooden residential town houses; in the foreground to the right is a bright red postbox — Mitarai village, Osaki Shimojima Island, Geiyo Region.

Red postbox and pale blue wooden barber shop

Mitarai | Japan

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A stone Shinto Torii; Japanese spiritual gate with the ocean, islands and bridge spanning two islands seen the background in black and white — Mitarai village, Osaki Shimojima Island, Geiyo Region.

Granite torii with bridge and islands seascape behind

Mitarai | Japan

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A stone lighthouse at the end of stone harbour jetty in black and white — Mitarai village, Osaki Shimojima Island, Geiyo Region.

Small stone lighthouse on stone jetty seascape

Mitarai | Japan

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Large old metal signs nailed to the side of a wooded shop advertising insect repellant coils and insect killer spray. A traditional street can be seen to the left side — Mitarai village, Osaki Shimojima Island, Geiyo Region, Japan

Rooster insect repellant advertising from previous era #1

Mitarai | Japan

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Two wooden rowing boats moored to the side of a stone lined canal with stone pedestrian bridges and two rickshaws in the background — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Moored canal boats with willow lined stone banks

Kurashiki | Japan

Travel and Place

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A close-up of stacked shelves selling senbei; 煎餅 — which are baked salted biscuits, in a shop window — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Shop window full of senbei rice snacks

Kurashiki | Japan

Travel and Place

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A couple of tourists waving and smiling whilst being taxied in a jinkikisha; rickshaw — along a shopping street in Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Jinrikisha driver taxiing smiling tourists

Kurashiki | Japan

Travel and Place

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A bronze cat figure sits on a stone birdbath's rim holding a fishing rod, and a caught fish — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Bronze cat fishing on a bird bath

Kurashiki | Japan

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A detailed shot of a panel of yakisugi, or charred cedar wood, with a central un-charred orange coloured column of oiled cedar wood, creating a striking contrast — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Yakisugi panel with contrasting oiled cedarwood column #1

Kurashiki | Japan

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An entrance to someone's home with a large elegant wooden framed nameplate, with a colourfully decorated tree branch attached — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Elegantly decorated entrance to a Japanese establishment

Kurashiki | Japan

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A traditional Japanese curiosity shop decorated in colourful displays of pink flowers — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Traditional Edo period shop front decorated in pink and blossom

Kurashiki | Japan

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A young Japanese couple wearing traditional clothes; the man wearing a navy blue yukata and the woman wearing a red kimono. The stand alone in a narrow alleyway between traditional Japanese building — Kurashiki Town, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Smiling young couple wearing yukata and kimono in Edo period alleyway

Kurashiki | Japan

Portrait and People

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A view down Shirakabe High Street lined with paper goldfish lanterns swaying in the wind — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Edo era shopping street lined with goldfish paper lanterns

Yanai | Japan

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A shop sign in focus in the foreground, with 'coffee' written along with some simple coffee illustrations. In the blurred background is a smiling woman standing the in the shop entrance surrounded by paper goldfish lanterns — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Handwritten coffee sign surrounded by goldfish lanterns

Yanai | Japan

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A single paper goldfish lantern hangs from a metal gutter with more blurred lanterns in the background — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Single goldfish washi lantern hangs from a shop front

Yanai | Japan

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A pine bonzai sits in a blue bowl atop a huge ceramic pot, behind is a wall of yakisugi — Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Bright green Japanese pine bonsai on huge ceramic pot

Yanai | Japan

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