Koinobori - Onomichi

Near the sea: six views of descent in Japan

Stories behind the photos On our way down from exploring the low mountains above Onomichi, we walked through a cramped neighbourhood filled with cats. The humans obviously adored the creatures. There was a cat-themed tiny bar, cats made of rocks and cat signs. While koinobori (Japanese carp banners) are hung around Children’s Day in May,…

carp in pond in Japan

Top four REAL reasons to move to Japan

Moving to Japan can be a great way to find and then unfind yourself, worship washlet toilets, and fill up on individually packaged ice cream treats every day. However, there are four far better reasons. (4) exemplary hair elastics Having long hair means hair elastics. Before Japan, hair elastics were a necessary evil that broke regularly and had…

small statue in front of house

Photo Fridays! Take 10: sunbathing statuette in Kyoto

This cross between a jizo (children’s guardian) and a good luck statuette is cute and peaceful. As for the Weekly Photo Challenge of refraction, I had to dig back into junior high science for the differences between refraction, reflection and diffraction. I thought this photo might fit and then wasn’t sure. Since relearning that refraction is light…

gorgeous tree trunk

Photo Fridays! Take 9: tall trees

The startling bells at the modest shrine likely scared off creatures of all sizes. Following the path around the back of the shrine led to this noble tree. Next was a tiny waterfall against a rock wall and the end of the trail. My manager took a few of us deep into the Shirakamisanchi region. It covers…

discarded signs of protection

Photo Fridays! Take 8: discarded gomagi at a Kyoto shrine

A large weathered trough on rotting feet holds its place outside one of the shrine buildings at Matsuo Taisha in Kyoto. Hundreds of discarded gomagi lie in a dishevelled nest. It seems unfit for these formerly treasured strips of wood to be tossed without care, but they have served their purpose. These signs of insurance are renewed as…