Yuki-tsuri 雪吊り at Kenrokuen Garden in Ishikawa, Japan Yuki-tsuri is a technique for preserving trees and shrubs from heavy snow. Trees are given extra support by bamboo poles with ropes attached to limbs.
"Woman in sensible armor! A rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan. Often mistakenly referred to as “female samurai”, female warriors have a long history in Japan.
kochia-hill-hitachinaka-city-japan Filled with woods, gardens, a mini amusement area and cycling courses sprinkled throughout the park, Hitachi Seaside Park is a must-see for anyone venturing to Japan.
What cat?: The manul, an ancient breed of small cats, 12 million years old. They can't be domesticated and are classified as "near threatened". They live on the Asian Steppes. Check out the link for lots of photos! (Also called Pallas cat)