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Michael Yamashita National Geographic Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist. Follow @thesilkroadjourney http://www.michaelyamashita.com/
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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
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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
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 @thephotodociety
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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 @thephotodociety
Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” peaks its head out of fast moving clouds. On the northern edge of the Pamir Plateau, it is so named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. This photograph taken from the Karakoram Highway side heading to Taxkorgan, western most town in China. @thesilkroadjourney #muztagata #glacier #pamir #korakoram  #xinjiang #China #mysilkroad2017 #natgeocreative @supchinanews @natgeo
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Muztagata, literally, “ice mountain father” peaks its head out of fast moving clouds. on the northern edge of the pamir plateau, it is so named for the 12 glaciers that ring it’s 7509 meter summit. this photograph taken from the karakoram highway side heading to taxkorgan, western most town in china. @thesilkroadjourney #muztagata #glacier #pamir #korakoram #xinjiang #china #mysilkroad2017 #natgeocreative @supchinanews @natgeo
Photographers taking pictures of photographers at Jiayuguan fortress, a major stop along the Silk Road through which all travelers must pass. What? @thesilkroadjourney #mysilkroad2017 #jiayuguan  #gansu #china #photographer #photography @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative
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Photographers taking pictures of photographers at jiayuguan fortress, a major stop along the silk road through which all travelers must pass. what? @thesilkroadjourney #mysilkroad2017 #jiayuguan #gansu #china #photographer #photography @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative
Mingshashan - the Singing Sand Dune of Dunhuang - 700 years ago Marco Polo described the sound of the wind blowing over this mountain of sand as sounding like singing. The name stuck. Here tourists trek around  the dunes on camels at sunset. #silkroad  #mingshashan #Dunhuang #gansu #sand #sandunes #china #mysilkroad2017 @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney
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Mingshashan - the singing sand dune of dunhuang - 700 years ago marco polo described the sound of the wind blowing over this mountain of sand as sounding like singing. the name stuck. here tourists trek around the dunes on camels at sunset. #silkroad #mingshashan #dunhuang #gansu #sand #sandunes #china #mysilkroad2017 @natgeocreative @natgeo @natgeo.media @supchinanews @thesilkroadjourney
The Rainbow Mountains in China’s Zhangye Danxia Park are mostly made up of deep red sandstone. These famous mountains are indeed a geological wonder of the world but don’t believe the over photoshopped photographs you might have seen on the internet. Here’s a no filter version. #silkroad #danxia #zhangye #gansu #China @thesilkroadjourney #mysilkroad2017 @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @supchinanews
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The rainbow mountains in china’s zhangye danxia park are mostly made up of deep red sandstone. these famous mountains are indeed a geological wonder of the world but don’t believe the over photoshopped photographs you might have seen on the internet. here’s a no filter version. #silkroad #danxia #zhangye #gansu #china @thesilkroadjourney #mysilkroad2017 @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @supchinanews
Foggy garden: an  eerie cloud of steam envelopes a garden fountain in central Xian. This former imperial capital of China marks the beginning of the Silk Road.  #xian #silkroad  #China @thesilkroadjourney  @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @supchinanews
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Foggy garden: an eerie cloud of steam envelopes a garden fountain in central xian. this former imperial capital of china marks the beginning of the silk road. #xian #silkroad #china @thesilkroadjourney @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @supchinanews
Landing in Lanzhou over the Qilian Mountain Range. Beginning a new series on the Silk Road - traveling the next 2 weeks from Xian to Xinjiang along the ancient trade route - stay tuned. #qilianmountain #gansu  #silkroad @thesilkroadjourney @natgeocreative @natgeo.media
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Landing in lanzhou over the qilian mountain range. beginning a new series on the silk road - traveling the next 2 weeks from xian to xinjiang along the ancient trade route - stay tuned. #qilianmountain #gansu #silkroad @thesilkroadjourney @natgeocreative @natgeo.media
A hillside of larch bathed in early morning mist in #Gifu #Japan @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @thephotosociety
151 38,856 3 weeks ago
A hillside of larch bathed in early morning mist in #gifu #japan @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeo.media @thephotosociety
A carpet of green surrounds the koi pond at the Moss Temple, Kokedera, Kyoto, Japan. #saihoji #kokedera #moss #zen #kyoto #japan #japanesegarden #mossgarden #worldheritage  @natgeo @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @thephotosociety
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A carpet of green surrounds the koi pond at the moss temple, kokedera, kyoto, japan. #saihoji #kokedera #moss #zen #kyoto #japan #japanesegarden #mossgarden #worldheritage @natgeo @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @thephotosociety
Saihoji Garden, also known as Kokedera, the moss temple, for my eye is Kyoto’s most beautiful. It’s 120 varieties of moss cover the ground in a velvety green carpet, best photographed in the rain. This Zen temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. #saihoji #kokedera #moss #mossgarden #worldheritage #japanesegarden #zen @natgeo @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @thephotosociety.
262 46,112 4 weeks ago
Saihoji garden, also known as kokedera, the moss temple, for my eye is kyoto’s most beautiful. it’s 120 varieties of moss cover the ground in a velvety green carpet, best photographed in the rain. this zen temple is a unesco world heritage site. #saihoji #kokedera #moss #mossgarden #worldheritage #japanesegarden #zen @natgeo @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @thephotosociety.
A potted plant garden on the streets of the old town in Takayama. It is often called
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A potted plant garden on the streets of the old town in takayama. it is often called "little kyoto", and is famous for its artisans and their tasteful craftsmanship. #japanesegarden #takayama #gifu @natgeo @natgeo.media @natgeocreative @thephotosociety