I am neither a twitcher nor an ornithologist, so some of these may be Grey Herons rather than Great Blues. Though, like all wild animals, they are naturally skittish around people, many live in urban settings and will allow you to get closer to take photos.... this one was in downtown Kurashiki.
With their long, spindly legs they are well adapted to wade in the shallow waters of ponds and rivers to find their staple... fish. This one is in the pond at the Tenmangu Shrine in Nagaoka.
Known as sagi in Japanese, they feature in many poems and paintings.
Graceful in flight, their wingspan can get close to 2 meters..
This one was in a drainage ditch in Tsuwano, literally a few meters away from where the Heron dance was being performed.