10% off all photos on 500px Prime until July 31Start exploring now!

Septimiu Catona

  • 16,964 Affection
  • 136,199 Views
  • 413 Followers

"Konoe Pond, Kyoto"

Published February 10th, 2014

Foreword

Fumimaro Konoe, as an Prime Minister of Japan in three different cabinets, between 1937 and 1941, opposed war with the United States and because of that had to resign on the 16th October 1941, just before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After the war, he refused to collaborate with the U.S. Gen. Bonner Fellers, and opposed the exoneration of Emperor Hirohito and the imperial family of war crimes responsibility. He committed suicide on the 16th of December 1945, poisoning himself with potassium cyanide. His grandson, Morihiro Hosokawa, became prime minister of Japan five decades later, in 1993.

Read More →

Barcelona

Published January 21st, 2014

Barcelona seen from the Montjuïc hill

Read More →

Nijo Castle gardens

Published January 18th, 2014

Nijō Castle was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626 in Kyoto. The Castle has several gardens and groves of cherry and Japanese plum trees. The Ninomaru garden is located next to the Ninomaru palace. The Seiryū-en garden is the most recent, it was constructed in 1965, and has two tea houses and more than 1000 carefully arranged stones.

Read More →

Osaka, the smaller and taller Capital

Published January 17th, 2014

On the 7th of March 2014, Abeno Harukas tower will become the tallest building in Japan, 300 meters (984 ft) tall and having 62 floors. Osaka will take on Tokyo once again. Osaka remains the only contender to Tokyo supremacy as a Capital, and is considered by some Japan's best place to eat, drink and party. The pictures are from: Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka harbor, Osaka Castle park, Dotonbori, and Namba.

Read More →

Kyoto, the hidden jewel

Published January 17th, 2014

Kyoto has been the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, until the beginning of the Meiji Restoration in 1868. With its 2000 temples, 1600 Buddhist and 400 Shinto shrines, as well as palaces, gardens and architecture intact, Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. The reason why Kyoto was spared from the dropping of the atomic bomb at the end of World War II is that Henry L. Stimson, the Secretary of War of the US in 1945, removed Kyoto from the atomic bomb target list (where it was the main target) because he wanted to save this rich cultural center. If Tokyo may be considered the most representative for the modern and hi-tech Japan, then Kyoto represents the classic Japan. The photos are from Kiyomizu-dera, Maruyama Park, Nijo Castle garden, and Gion district.

Read More →

Walking the parks and gardens of Tokyo

Published January 17th, 2014

It's very difficult to compress a photo-walk in the parks and gardens of Tokyo in only 10 photos. However, I had to try! :)

The photos are from: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Chiyoda Imperial Palace East Garden, Hamarikyu Gardens (Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien), all located in central Tokyo, Japan.

Read More →