Nozawa Wonder

Nozawa, Japan

Nozawa, Japan

Photo of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.

July 30th, 2020

Today we’re in Nozawa Onsen, Japan – a popular winter ski town in Nagano Prefecture (site of the 1998 winter Olympics).

We went wandering one day and discovered an old wooden temple and shrine up the stairs from the town onsen (hot spring). This is one of the carvings on the shrine — elaborate and aged, and so beautiful with the marbling of the wood. I wish I knew anything about what’s depicted — maybe a genie escaping a bottle or prayers releasing to the heavens? All I know is that these are the rewards of wandering when you travel — discoveries you didn’t know were there that you’ll probably never see again.

We’ll explore more of the shrine and temple tomorrow.

Until then,


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