Blue Pond, Hokkaido
It might be difficult to imagine this frozen pond etched in solitude as a place frequented by many, yet in spring, summer, and autumn, the “blue pond” in Biei, Hokkaido, is a famous gathering spot for travelers the world over. I love it just as it is, in all its regal stillness. How magical it must have been for the photographer to capture this moment during the first snow of the season as it fell in hushed silence over the water.
Photograph by Kent Shiraishi