About PHOTOGUIDE.JP

PHOTOGUIDE.JP is a Web site dedicated to introducing Japan in English with photos, video clips, articles, and blog entries by me, Philbert Ono. By accessing PHOTOGUIDE.JP’s top page, you can easily navigate to or search for what interests you. My images of Japan are There are images for all of the 47 prefectures which I have visited. Some images are also organized by theme. My video clips are all on YouTube and usually embedded in my online picture gallery.

PHOTOGUIDE.JP basically has four sections:

  • Japan Photos is my online collection of tens of thousands of photos of all of Japan’s 47 prefectures. The images are organized by prefecture/city/town/village. Some images are also organized according to theme. Most images are available for licensing (contact us).
  • Japan Articles is where I write full-length articles about Japan-related subjects.
  • Japan Blog (which you are reading now) is filled with my commentaries about Japan.
  • Japan Videos (YouTube) (username: photojpn) centers on Japanese festivals or matsuri. I like to capture the motions and sounds which still photos cannot capture or convey.

Some resources on this site are also shared with my sister site called PhotoGuide Japan (photojpn.org) which introduces Japanese photography.

My favorite subjects to shoot are traditional Japanese things like festivals (matsuri), castles, temples (especially National Treasures), women in kimono, sumo, cherry blossoms, etc. But I also shoot many other things in Japan. Although I have visited all 47 prefectures, there are still many places I plan to visit and introduce on this site. Just about every month, I visit a place or see something I’ve never visited or seen before in Japan. I specialize in Tokyo (where I live) and Shiga Prefecture (my ancestral home) which is next to Kyoto.

My photos are organized in coherent photo sets (albums) which give you a good idea of what a place or festival looks like. I’m a prolific shooter and can easily shoot several hundred pictures a day. I select the best ones and put them in a logical sequence for you to view online. One photo set (for a festival, etc.) may have up to 250 images. You will never see this many pictures in any travel guide book on Japan.

My main motivation behind all of this is that, I want to rediscover Japan for myself and to promote tourism in Japan at the same time. I want more people from overseas to visit Japan. (As well as residents to discover more about the country they live in.) To show that Japan is much more than just Tokyo, Kyoto, and Mt. Fuji. Visiting Japan, even as a tourist, is the first step toward understanding the country better.

About Me
Based in Tokyo, I’m an American citizen of Japanese ancestry born and raised in Hawaii, USA. Graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I now live and work in Tokyo, Japan. I am fluent in Japanese–reading, writing, and speaking. You can read more about me here.

Enjoy!

Philbert Ono
Tokyo, Japan

Privacy policy

  • Any private or personal information you give us through email or other means will be kept private unless we are requested by law enforcement authorities for such information.
  • If you appear in any of the images we display on our Websites (photojpn.org, photoguide.jp, shiga-ken.com) and do not want your face to be recognizable or included in the image in question, we will honor any requests to delete the image or blur your face.
  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our websites.
  • Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to our users based on your visit to our sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the ads preference manager. (Alternatively, you can opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.)
  • The cookies of other third-party vendors or ad networks may also be used to serve ads on our sites.
  • You can opt out of the use of cookies for interest-based advertising (if the vendor or ad network offers this capability) by visiting those sites (click on link above). Alternatively, you can also to opt out of some third-party vendors’ use of cookies for interest-based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.

Leave a Reply