Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Preparing goshuin

at Zuihoji temple in Kanuma:

Goshuin is a piece of paper with a stamp and calligraphy that you can buy at a shrine or temple.

Here is a short video of one being made:

Saturday, August 4, 2012


Pilgrims having a ritual drink after coming down from Mt Nantai.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012


Last Sunday kids were practicing for the festival season:

I suppose that taking and posting such a photo would get me into a lot of trouble in most (if not all) Western countries. Here, however, nobody so much as bats an eye. The boy is properly dressed for the occasion.

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Why do they even bother going to a restaurant together? They were sitting there and playing games on their phones. Not a word between them. Sad...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

First omikuji of the year:

At Futaara shrine in Nikko right after midnight.

And this is what we saw at midnight at Rinnoji.

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