Hope and change in an Eternal Flame

The theme for 2015 is change. Our family will be moving homes, jobs and the direction of our lives. Personal change is also important with me learning how to have more hope for the future of our child and making my dreams come true like I have in the past. Change also means new. What…

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,…

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…