Thought a bit late, here are some photos from my two-week trip to Japan in July 2009.
Have no idea what it is called in English or Japanese. It is normally found at temple or shire where wishing boards are hung. This is Katuso-ji famous for the red wish Daruma doll (dharma doll) in Mino city, Osaka Prefecture.
The Tower of the Sun（太陽の塔）is an artwork created by Japanese artist Tarō Okamoto. It was known as the symbol of Expo ’70 and currently is preserved and located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Suita, Osaka, Japan. The tower has three faces on its front and back. (Source: Wikipedia)
Guardian deity of children or Ojizo-sama (お地蔵さま), one of the most loved of all Japanese divinities. In Chōhō-ji temple（頂法寺） in Kyoto city.
Maple tree in summer. Its leaves turn yellow and red in autumn. I have missed autumn for seven years now. Wondering if I will ever have chance to capture its beauty again when they turn red and yellow.
A Store selling Japanese traditional snacks in Kyoto.