Posts in Japan

GalleryKyoto, in an everyday sort of way

Sometimes the eye captures what words cannot express. For once, I'm going to let our eyes do the talking. Right now, it seems to be the only fitting way to explain to you how much we love this city, its streets and its people.

So please, stroll on down, all the way to the bottom. Take your time. But when you're through, once you've had a good, long walk, take an extra moment and tell us how you feel. View Gallery »

GalleryEbisu Festival

On the night of Friday, January 10, we shuffled in along with the rest of the crowd to visit Ebisu-jinja for the Ebisu Festival. During Ebisu, people flock to the shrine to pray for success in business. We slowly made our way around the small compound, watching locals toss money, pray, and buy lucky branches of bamboo which they then decorated with small charms to bring home. According to mythology, Ebisu is slightly crippled and hard of hearing. We noticed, on our way out of the shrine, each visitor knocking with their fists on the wooden walls, calling out to the god to hear their prayers. View Gallery »

GalleryNew Years in Kyoto

On the morning of December 30 we board a tiny, conductor-less train brandishing Thomas the Engine's face on its side. Looking out over the tracks, I'm immediately reminded of the little train from Ghibli's Spirited Away. I find myself thinking about how the imagined world of artists is still a reflection of what they see around them. In fact, I've thought this many times as we've been traveling, especially when a place is synonymous with one artist, like Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico. Here, in Japan, this train may not be under water, but it's just as cute and mysterious as the one in the film. View Gallery »

GalleryTenjin-san Flea Market

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GalleryToji Temple December Market

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