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The Land of the Setting Sun

The Land of the Setting Sun

Navodinee Wickramanayake

Many, if not most associate Japan for being the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ but to me, its underrated sunsets are just as captivating and magical.

The hues of a Japanese evening in spring (Beppu, Oita).
The hues of a Japanese evening in spring (Beppu, Oita)

The summer sunsets are the most beautiful of the 4 seasons but when you scroll through the pictures below you will come to realize that each season has its own charm and majesty all pack in one sunset.

Note: Seasonal changes also means that the times of the sunsets may vary make sure to plan your trip to the beach accordingly.
Note: Seasonal changes also means that the times of the sunsets may vary make sure to plan your trip to the beach accordingly.

Travel is often romanticized and the excitement it brings or even the Zen it gives you sometimes takes away from really absorbing the beauty of something as monotonous and sure as a sunset.

Spring and summer often come with the rains and even though this if often a travellers nightmare, the impact it has on the skies are truly magical. Most often rainbows can be seen spreading across the skies. This is an absolute delight and even more beautiful when it is contracting the big city skylines.

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I personally would recommend any one travelling to Japan to always make it an attempt to truly see the beauty that lies within every sunset. What sets it aside from any other sunset is the beautiful landscape or even skyscrapers that frame this work of art that splashes through the skies every evening.

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Especially you will forget the scorching Summers in Japan if you look up at the sky at sunset, especially near a sea-shore. The summer skies (as in the cover photo) show hues of purple fading in to blue which is then reflected on to the waters holding these fishing boats which has just brought-in, the catch of the day!

Note: The Writer is a budding nature photographer and all photographs have been taken by her.