Meiji Era naturalist and polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941) described his chosen home of Tanabe as a quiet place with kind people, cheap commodities and beautiful weather and scenery — a description that still holds true.

On the 150th anniversary of Minakata's birth, I traveled to Wakayama Prefecture to explore the Kii Peninsula and photograph the area that gave birth to one of Japan's greatest minds.