Category Archives: Japan

January 18

Shichigosan At Meiji Jingu

On a Sunday closest to November 15, considered the most auspicious day in the Japanese calender, families descend on Shinto shrines across Japan, to celebrate a rite of passage called Shichi-go-san. The name literally translates to ‘Seven-Five-Three’, indicating a medieval tradition among aristocratic/Samurai families that stipulated that boys and girl stopped getting their hair shaved when they turned three, that boys aged five […]

December 28

Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

A proud new father at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo……  and closer to home, two very happy boys 🙂 Hope your weekend is just as joyous! Related articles: Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy

Kiyomizu Dera December 09

The Temple Of Pure Water

A grand viewing deck to commune with nature. That is the principal attraction of Kiyomizu-dera (Clear Water Temple), a Buddhist shrine near Kyoto, founded in 798 AD, whose main hall is dedicated to the eleven headed, thousand armed Bodhisattva. Highly venerated for its wish granting abilities, and brought out for public viewing only a few times a […]

October 28

Travel My Way

I was on the road when I was nominated for the ‘Travel Your Way‘ contest by Kathryn from Travel with Kat, and didn’t expect to make the September end deadline. Viveka’s kind nomination last week made me realise that the last date had been extended to October 31. So here I am, with just a couple of […]

October 12

Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite

“What you see, but can’t see over, is as good as infinite.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Thank you for visiting and have a great weekened 🙂 Related articles: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Infinite Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside

September 11

What’s Your Superstition?

Watching Rafael Nadal’s pre point wedgie picking the other day, and his obsessive alignment of water bottles, stirred memories of the irrational superstitions that I grew up with. They were mostly harmless. Perhaps nicer ways of getting children to comply with the norms of safety and propriety of the time, as compared to my daughter’s […]

The Buddha – From Unusual Points Of View!

“In fact, everything we encounter in this world with our six senses is an inkblot test. You see what you are thinking and feeling, seldom what you are looking at.“ ~ Buddhist Quote “Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men;  They describe it from their own point of view,  which they […]