Making my way to Matsue Castle, I pause for a moment at this quiet stretch of the outer wall in Matsue, Japan.
Hiking through the countryside on the Kiso Valley Road, I pass by an orange tractor stopped next to a rice paddy near Tsumago, Japan.
Several cities in Japan have distinctive manhole covers, such as this one in Kirashiki, Japan.
From the surrounding parklands, the red footbridge leads to Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto, Japan.
An umbrella hangs out to dry in the streets of Kyoto, Japan.
This photo of the Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, in Kamakura, Japan, was the very first photo I took on my first independent solo trip.