The Cleansing Waters Of The Temizuya

Ritual cleansing prior to worship, is an age old practice. The use of water to purify oneself, being obligatory in most world religions until today. Traditionally, this purification was done at a river, stream or seashore.  As religions evolved, ablution fountains and Lavers started appearing in the outer courts of places of worship. The temple tank […]

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2012 – My Year In Pictures!

A flashback gallery with one random image from the archives for each month of the past year. Just to set things straight, we only visited Japan, Laos and Cambodia in 2012. The rest are stories from our travels over the past few years. I look forward to the pleasure of your company on another year of travel […]

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‘The Mountain Of Fuji’

“No, that can’t be Mount Fuji” I dismissed my sisters query very authoritatively, as I snuggled back into my seat. “Where is the snow cap and cloud cover?” My sister’s faith in my opinion was plain for all to see, when she turned to our guide for confirmation. “Nooooo! Where is the snow cap and cloud cover?” she […]

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How Tall Is Tall?

The Tokyo Skytree is a freetsanding tower that is as different from the Window Tower of Uzes as you can possibly imagine. At 634m it is the world’s tallest tower and the second highest freestanding structure. My one thought, gazing at the soaring latticework of steel tubing looming in front of me is…..how much higher can […]

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Midori Days

I can’t seem to get Japan out of my head! Here’s a green, green gallery from the land of the rising sun: Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend.

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The Takayama Hachiman Matsuri

No temple festival in India is complete without a procession of the temple chariot around town. Like the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri for example…..that incidentally gave the English language the word ‘Juggernaut’! Originating in the early 17th century, as thanksgiving for a good harvest, and to mark the onset of winter, the Takayama Hachiman […]

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Kenrokuen Garden

Kenrokuen Garden, - Kanazawa, Japan

Yes I think to myself………what a wonderful world! And if you still aren’t convinced, I think you should go check out my archives…

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Jinrikisha – The Pulled Rickshaw

I had assumed for some reason, that the word ‘Rickshaw’ was an Indian export to the English language. Much like Bandanna, Khaki, Pyjamas or even Cot! (R thought that was dumb, because “it is so patently Chinese” ) I was also under the impression that the hand pulled Rickshaws had been banned or discontinued around the […]

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The Gassho Zukhuri Houses Of Ogimachi

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Gassho-Zukhuri means ‘Hands folded in prayer’ in reference to the roof of the distinctive thatched buildings in the Shirakawa-Go district. Ogimachi – a living, traditional Gassho village with 59 original Gassho-style houses – is one of three villages designated UNESCO heritage sites, .

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Tadaima!

Torii, Itsukushima Shrine - Japan

Back home! Japan was a wonderful and unexpected jaunt, but the pace of the short trip was hectic and I feel I need another vacation! Have been sleeping off the jetlag and exhaustion the past couple of days. We covered a fair bit of ground for ten days including Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama, Shirakawa Go […]

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Sayonara!

First off, I apologise for my tardiness in visiting your blogs and responding to your generous comments. My excuse? The never ending demands of the Indian extended family. And finishing touches to my upcoming trip to Japan. I leave tomorrow – early day after actually – and shall not be posting anything new for a couple of […]

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