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…

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…

old mailbox - Kyoto alley

Photo Fridays! Take 3: Kyoto mailbox

Mailboxes are special. Wee me used to hover with anticipation, waiting impatiently for the mailbox to clatter shut. Even if no mail was for me, it was still exciting to see a stack of paper in the mailbox. When I did get mail, oh happy day! I still love to send and receive real letters that I can touch.…

ink pot - Kyoto shrine

Photo Fridays! Take 2: ink pot at a Kyoto shrine

Take 2 is from Matsuo Taisha, a higher-ranked shrine in Kyoto. This large ink pot was on a plastic-covered table along with brushes. It was in an unusual spot outside near a covered rest area, far from the shrine buildings. There was little around to help me figure out its purpose: no host, no sign that I can recall and…