Welcome to Eden Walkers!
This site is about finding a way to express our creativity through travel photography. It is about creating something interesting and unique by combining our visions into images.
One of our core desires is to express our creativity. We create because we seek a betterment in life and that gives a positive impact upon the world around us. Life becomes more enjoyable and meaningful by sharing our joys in creating.
My name is Akiko Morita. I am a Kyoto based travel photographer and videographer, currently under a photo/video assignment, traveling throughout Japan since 2013. I was born in Japan and have lived and worked in London, the UK more than a decade. I bring what I found and felt beautiful into visual images.
Beauty does not merely exist externally but also is already there to be discovered within us. Once we open our hearts, beauty is felt everywhere wherever you live. Beauty inspires us, drives us and heals us to be more creative in life. This is the Power of Beauty.
Visualise your ideas and experiences through travel photography. Photography gives us the greatest opportunity as ever before, to see and to feel the world around us in more interesting ways. Traveling expands our awareness and that liberates us from the ways of ordinary thinking. Inspire. Be the change to see the world as you desire!
You might ask why Japan and the UK?
There is a commonality between them. Japan and the UK have a strong historical and cultural foundation to celebrate beauty of gardens and landscapes. People love to visit gardens there!
Apart from that, Japan is a country where I was born, and I myself received education, have lived and worked in the UK. I now divide my time between Kyoto and London: traveling for finding historic and secret places as well as magnificent landscapes and gardens to photograph.
Do you know we live in a golden era?
Historic and sacred places as well as gardens were hidden and closed for a long time. They were shared by privileged people and were open for special occasions until the mid twentieth century. Many gardens and historic places are open publicly now, and scenic landscapes are more accessible to anyone due to the development of transportation.
In Japan, many gardens ceased due to a rapid industrialisation as well as the second world war. And yet, more than hundreds historic gardens open publicly in Kyoto and many more in a countryside. They have been protected more than some centuries.
Why do I visit historic and sacred places as well as scenic landscapes and gardens?
Well, there is no reason. I feel good, cheerful and cannot stop smiling there. I love photography and traveling. They are my passion!
When eyes meet at a beautiful place, people smile at each other for no reason and start talking. Do you know why…? We experience love within, not necessarily love to someone or something, but deep within.
A specialness of visiting historic and sacred places is to experience beauty. Beauty is universal and is something which connects us to a deeper part of ourselves. Knowing beauty is instantaneous because it is beyond words and more than the mind’s limited understanding.
When our minds meet beauty, our mental activities are highly reduced. We feel connected, centred and fulfilled within. Visualise your experience and feeling through travel photography. I am willing to share all the wonder and beauty the world can offer to us!
What have I experienced and learned from nature?
Nature shapes our physical and emotional wellness. This ancient wisdom was introduced from China to Japan, and which was to combine the power of nature into a living place. Wisdom, technology and an insight of power of nature, were all combined, at the highest degree in shape, structure and composition, into garden landscaping. No wonder, we feel good in a garden.
When we visit beautiful places, our mental and physical tensions are reduced, and so that space is much created within, and energy begins to regenerate harmoniously.
Nature inspires us for nurturing our inner garden and to sprout out a seed of Love, a seed of Enlightenment, we all have within.
Let’s go out and visit magnificent landscapes and gardens. Explore the world and extend our horizons. Join me, share and learn from the creative Power of Beauty; taste a richness of life.
I would like to give you all special thanks!
After my many trips and walks, your smiles and kind words helped me. When I lost, you showed me a direction and sometime even gave me a lift. I met and talked with many travelers, gardeners, some manor owners and local people. Thank you for sharing and that for your openness. It is spontaneous to get on well with you since our interests are common, in traveling and photography.
I would like to give special thanks to my best friends and ex colleagues who kindly accommodated me and gave me a lift in London. Thank you for sharing ideas, feelings and insights about this website for travel photography.
In Kyoto, I have met many photographers, who are locals as well as who are coming from every corner of the world. I have enjoyed our exchanges uttermost! Thank you for sharing and that for your valuable advice about photography and web design.
Without your help and support, the project would not be pursued.
Note: 1. Historical names, such as garden landscape architects, gardeners, patrons and owners, are given in the Japanese order, i.e. the surname precedes the personal (given) name, as this custom has become accepted in academic and published works in the English language. However, the names of researchers on gardens follow the customary English order, i.e. Akiko Morita.
2. Gardens are introduced with reference to country names for a practical matter. However, it does not mean that ‘Japanese gardens’ or ‘British gardens’ exist as a set of whole unit. It seems to be limiting to categorise and stereotype them as a total unit or an object by such naming. Each garden shows different modalities in shapes, expressions and essences.
All contents and images of Eden Walkers are licensed. If you like any of the images and would like to use them in your publications for commercial or non-commercial purposes, please do let me know through Contact Us page. I have photos with a full resolution format.
My images do not belong to The Public Domain. All images on Eden Walkers are copyrighted, and I reserve all rights to the photographs. Without my written permission, copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any these images are strictly prohibited under copyright laws. Please do not steal them; they won’t grow well.
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