Land of the Rising Sun

From the solitude and serenity of nature to the
pulsing energy of her cities,
Japan is truly a country of contrasts and contradictions.

The aesthetic qualities of Japan form a cultural world view, centered around the concept of living in harmony with nature.

Gozanoishi Shrine, Semboku

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

Japan is a country where ancient and the modern
are inextricably intertwined.

Japan’s educational methods have proved hugely successful. The country’s literacy rate is frequently put at 99%.

Auction at the old Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo
Zen priest, Hoitsu Roshi, paints in his studio in Kyoto, Japan, 2004. He is painting an enso, which symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, and the universe.

“When you look at Japanese traditional architecture, you have to look at Japanese culture and its relationship with nature. You can actually live in a harmonious, close contact with nature –
this is unique to Japan.”
– Tadao Ando

We invite you to check out Steve’s current and upcoming exhibitions:

The Eyes of Humanity
April 29 – July 30, 2022
Frankfurt, Germany
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For Freedom
March 29 – July 17, 2022
Palermo, Italy
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April 14 – September 18, 2022
Riccione, Italy
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Le Monde De Steve McCurry
December 9 – July 31, 2022
Paris, France
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Oltre il Cibo
May 7 – September 4, 2022
Ventimiglia, Italy
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Steve McCurry: Photographer
May 28 – August 14, 2022
Ankara, Turkey
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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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9 replies on “Land of the Rising Sun”

Thank you Steve for your marvelous pictures. I have always enjoyed them so much. I haven’t been on lately due to my husband’s illness. However, I am back now and always enjoy these wonderful travels around the word.

These photographs are of sublime beauty- pure bliss and transcendency; thank you so much 🌸❤️🍒🇯🇵

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