Author Archives: Yasuharu Nagura

About Yasuharu Nagura

Born in 1989. Musician. Hideout Records Founder & CEO.

Photography at Lake Kawaguchi, Japan (2020)

Lake Kawaguchi area in Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of Mt. Fuji, is a favorite vacation spot for a day trip or weekend away for many. It is around one and a half hours via bus or express train from Tokyo.  It is the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in terms of surface area, and is located at the lowest elevation. 

Photography at Shosenkyo, Japan (2020)

Shosenkyo is a gorge which is in one of the most beautiful national parks in Japan located in the north part of Kofu city, Yamanashi prefecture. It is often regarded as a national treasure for its exuberance that can be enjoyed in all seasons. Famous for preserving the excellent quality of its waters, the gorge is included in “The Heisei Era 100 best water sites.” The photographs were taken on the Shosenkyo Line.

Photography in Kōfu, Japan (2020)

Maizuru Castle Park is a park and historical site in Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan. It contains the ruins of Kōfu Castle, also called Maizuru Castle, which is about 400 years old and has been designated as a Yamanashi Historical Site. Maizuru Castle Park is a place of rest and relaxation for the people.

p.s. Kōfu Castle made me stop and take its picture. Photography, to me, is a record of the passing moment.

Photography at Shingen Museum, Japan (2020)

The Shingen Museum was opened in 2019, the same year as the 500th anniversary of the establishment of Kofu in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It is located to the south of Takeda Shrine, which is the former site of the Takeda Residence, the home of Takeda Shingen, who was said to be the strongest military commander of Japan’s Warring States period (from the late 15th to the late 16th century).

Suplementary information

Fūrinkazan (Japanese: 風林火山, “Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain”), is a popularized version of the battle standard used by the Sengoku period daimyō Takeda Shingen.

It is based on four phrases from Sun Tzu, which in the original Chinese appear in two consecutive passages:


Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your gentleness that of the forest.


In raiding and plundering be like fire, be immovable like a mountain.

Photography in Yamanashi, Japan (2020)

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At Fuji Sengen Shrine : Shooting date 8/12/2020

 According to shrine legend, it was built in 807. Although it incurred major damage from the Hoei eruption (1707), it was rebuilt in 1718 and has since been repeatedly repaired to reach its current state.

When the main shrine hall was restored in 2009, it was discovered that some sections of the hall had been built using beams that were around 300 years old.