Michael Yamashita@yamashitaphoto

National Geographic Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist. Follow @thesilkroadjourney


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Lucky red light at 42nd and 7th Avenue, NYC. These 2 buses pulled up as I was crossing the street. I went for the reflections walking between the buses and found these 2 faces staring at one another. I shot a few frames and got off the street as the light changed to green. Photographer’s luck. #rain #reflection #42ndstreet #timessquare #nyc #manhattan @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative

Manhattan, New York

View from my window on UA 180, Hong Kong to Newark at 36,000 feet, sea of clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. #clouds @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Newark Liberty International Airport

Tram jam in downtown Hong Kong. The trams in Hong Kong have not only been a form of commuter transport for over 110 years, but also one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling and cheapest mode of public transport on the island - HK$ 2.30 or less than US$ .30 cents a ride.#hongkong #hk #hongkonglife #hongkongtram @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @natgeo

Starbucks Hong Kong

Lu erh Men Temple, largest temple in Taiwan, dedicated to Mazu, decorated in the colors of the rainbow. From last night’s show. #tainan #mazu #taiwan @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @natgeo @supchinanews

Taipei, Taiwan

Sound the horns - I’m honored to be the keynote speaker at the anniversary of the Taiwan edition of National Geographic Magazine this Friday, December 1st in Taipei. For my Taiwan friends, I hope to see you at the National Geographic World Photography Awards Presentation. Go to natgeomedia.com/events/68947 to reserve your spot. Here, novice monks (trapa), practice blowing the dungchen, traditional 13-foot horns, that will be used in Buddhist ceremonies and call to prayer. The sound can be compared to the singing of elephants. #labrangmonastery #monks #Xiahe #Gansu #China #tibetan #Buddhism #Buddhist #horns #dungchen #music #tibetanmusic @natgeo.media @natgeo @natgeocreative

Taipei, Taiwan

Fall’s final in Gyarong Valley, Sichuan, China. The best, mouth numbing (mala) Sichuan peppercorn (hua jiao) comes from here. #tibet #tibetanplateau #teahorseroad #danba #kham #sichuan #china @natgeocreative @natgeo @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney


The monks at Ganze Monastery enjoying their meal of the day. Eat Pray Love - Happy Thanksgiving! #ganze #sichuan #china #kham #tibet #thanksgiving #eat #pray #givethanks #thankful #teahorseroad @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney

Tibetan Plateau

For all the cooks preparing tomorrow’s feast, here’s how the monks do it at Ganze Monastery in Sichuan, China, feast for 500. Happy Thanksgiving. #shangrila #ganze #tibet #tibetan #monk #sichuan #kham #china #teahorseroad #buddhism @supchinanews @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety @thesilkroadjourney


Morning moment in Slender West Lake, Yangzhou, China. Marco Polo visited here 700 years ago remarking on the number of bridges as well as their height- “And you must know that in this city there are 6,000 bridges, all of stone, and so lofty that a galley, or even two galleys at once, could pass underneath one of them.” #yangzhou #slenderwestlake #china #bridge @thesilkroadjourney @supchinanews @natgeocreative @natgeo


Late fall in the Humble Administrators Garden, a World Heritage site and Suzhou’s best known. Chinese gardens are “seasonless,” designed to be viewed and enjoyed at all times of the year, #gardens #chinesegarden #Suzhou #china @thesilkroadjourney @natgeo @natgeocreative @supchinanews

Suzhou, Jiangsu

Tongli water town, a classic Chinese village with a thousand year history, where streets are replaced by canals and pathways just big enough for bicycles. In the early morning it’s still possible to witness traditional lifestyles; come noon it will transform into a tourist Disneyland. #Tongli #grandcanal #watertown #Suzhou #China @natgeocreative @natgeo @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney @thephotosociety

Tongli, Jiangsu, China

Back stage at a Kun Opera performance in Suzhou, China. One of the oldest forms of Chinese Drama, Kun or Kunqu technique have influenced Beijing Opera as well as Kathakali theater in India. #kunqu #beijingopera #kathakali #suzhou #china @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @thephotosociety @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney

Suzhou, Jiangsu

An egret in search of breakfast waits inside the Chinese fishing nets of Kochi. Who says birds have no brains? @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #kochi #kerela #india @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety

Fort Cochin

Chinese dip net fishing in Fort Kochin, the technique brought to India by the Chinese admiral Zheng He in the 15th century. Still in use today catching fish from dawn to dusk plus providing a major tourist attraction. @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #kerela #kochi #india @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative

Kochi, India

Back stage at Kathakali theater, the traditional dance drama of Kerala. It takes more than an hour to apply the makeup and get into costume. Some say the elaborate costumes and makeup were influenced by Chinese Opera brought to India along the Silk Road. @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #kathakali #Kochi #india @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety

Kochi, India

It’s all in the eyes - Classical dance students practice facial expressions and eye exercises at the Kerala Kalamandalam Dance School in Thrissur, College of Art and Culture. #dance #dancers #india #eyes #portrait @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety @thesilkroadjourney

Kochi, India

Basque girls running home - Photograph by Bill Allard @williamalbertallard - Bill Allard is my long time friend and colleague at National Geographic Magazine, who is the most honored and decorated photographer at NGM still standing. The photograph below is one of his most iconic. Here’s what he has to say about the image now being offered in a flash sale till November 13 . “My picture of two small girls scampering home to the call of their mother in a tiny French village, is 50 years old this fall. To commemorate my 80th birthday and honor the anniversary of this picture, it is now available as a flash sale print for $100.00 for two weeks only starting November 1 through November 14, 2017. Made in the French Pyrenees mountains in 1967, it is a photograph that has stood the test of time and has been published in many magazines, books and photographic anthologies. This print is in private and museum collections and in large sizes sells for $3,000-$10,000. This flash sale print is a 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper. It is an archival ink jet print on archival watercolor paper. It is signed in graphite pencil on the front border and on the back. It is a perfect gift for a young aspiring photographer or for anyone who loves photography. At a price of only $100.00 it is a bargain not to pass up. All prints are shipped via USPS” @natgeo @natgeocreative


Temple moment - a young brahmin novice prepares for afternoon class at Vedic (Hindu scripture) school in the inner chambers of Thiruppurakundram Murugan Temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India. @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #Madurai #Madurai #Tamilnadu #India #hindu @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Madurai, India

Aqua alley in Kokilamedu village where the fishermen have painted the town in rainbow colors. The midday sun glancing off the top of the wall transforms a dark alley into a red carpet walk. @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #followme #mahabalipuram #india #tamilnadu @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @thephotosociety

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

The color of India- their love of vibrant color is evident in the fishing village of Kokilamedu, where the houses are painted in the colors of the rainbow. Following the Maritime Silk Road in South India for the next 2 weeks traveling the coast route from Chennai to Kochi. @thesilkroadjourney #silkroadindia2017 #followme #mahabalipuram #india #tamilnadu @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @thephotosociety

Tamil Nadu

Krishna's Butterball is a gigantic granite boulder resting on an incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram in India. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons and is said to have been at this same place for 1200 years. In 1908, then-governor of the city Arthur Havelock made an attempt to use seven elephants to move the boulder from its position due to safety concerns, but with no success. I can’t figure out why the rock doesn’t roll down the steep incline by itself. Traveling the Sea Silk Road in India for the next 2 weeks. @thesilkroadjourney #followme #mahabalipuram #india #rock #tamilnadu #silkroadindia2017 @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @thephotosociety


Wedding guests gather at the brides house waiting for the groom to arrive. I first visited this Tajik village following Marco Polo’s route from Afghanistan nearly 16 years ago. Back then, women wore only red and men wore blue. Some fashions don’t change. . @thesilkroadjourney #tajik #taxkorgan #xinjiang #China #mysilkroad2017 @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Taxkorgan, Xinjiang, China

Catch me if you can - the central Asian game of buzkashi is like polo but played with a sheep’s carcass. The object is to place the sheep into a hole on the far side of the field which can be more than a kilometer long and can involve 20 or more horseman, all trying to grab the carcass. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of rules, at least in the version played here by Tajiks at a wedding celebration in Taxkorgan. @thesilkroadjourney #buzkashi #mysilkroad2017 #taxkorgan #xinjiang #China @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @better_moments_photography @supchinanews

Taxkorgan, Xinjiang, China

Tajik women in an intimate conversation at a wedding in Taxkorgan, the western most town in China close to the Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan borders. Their traditional greeting begins with a kiss and traditional dress favors strong primary colors. @thesilkroadjourney #tajik #taxkorgan #xinjiang #China #mysilkroad2017 @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @better_moments_photography

Taxkorgan, Xinjiang, China