Best of 2018: Spring in Japan | Photograph by Takashi (@takashi_artfuji)
“The five-storied pagoda of Arakurayama Sengen Park located in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi has become popular for both foreign and Japanese tourists because we can see the pagoda, Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms symbolizing Japan at the same time,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Takashi Nakazawa, “It gets very crowded when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. When you see this scene once, your visions of Mt. Fuji change forever.” This photo was published on the June/July 2018 National Geographic Traveler cover as part of @natgeoyourshot’s “Trip That Changed My Life” assignment — and was featured in Your Shot’s Best of 2018 gallery. To see more, go to the link in our profile.
“There’s a beautiful delicacy to this image, a sense of movement and a mood of anticipation. While it’s an exciting photograph that captures Mount Fuji, the cherry blossoms, and the pagoda in great detail, the image also has a sense of romance and optimism. Above all it’s the feeling this image conveys that speaks to me. I want to be there, in that moment, to feel the air and float away.” — @natgeotravel Editor in Chief George Stone (@georgewstone)