The stores and commercialism can be overwhelming for an introvert even when you can’t read what the signs say.
A “torii” — although it’s translated gate, it doesn’t have a door.
The Largest Carp
My kids loved to watch the huge carp of gold, orange or red. What big mouths they have!
I wonder how they make them.
For the Dead
Shintoism—an ancient nature religion—is practiced in the shrine. Most Japanese consider themselves adherents of both it and Buddhism.
Hot Springs Bath
A wonderful way to relax: first you clean yourself under the shower while sitting on a (pink) plastic stool, then into the hot water to soak and take in the beauty and let all disturbing thoughts drain away.
A Grand Country Home
I love the woodwork and contrast of white and brown in this traditionally styled inn or large home.
Some wear these lovely straw hats for outdoor occupations or hobbies.
Loving the Uniform!
Japanese have a penchant for wearing matching clothing - even on the ski slopes!