Monday, July 29, 2013

The bell tolls

A woman making a prayer / offering at Kiyomizudera. in Kyoto.

Some temples are associated with a shrine. It often happens with Shingon and Tendai temples, especially. In this case, there will be some kind of bell with a long rope hanging from the ceiling in front of the altar. When this is the case, you can throw money in the collection box (anything from 10 Yen to 500 Yen will do) and then ring the bell.

After ringing the bell, clap your hands twice, bow once and pray silently.

Clapping is, in Japanese Shinto, the original sound that separated the elements to form the world. It is used to attract the attention of the gods.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting for your train to come

The train systems in Tokyo are great! every 3 or 4 minutes a train comes to whick you around teh large city. With such efficient and speedy transportation it makes the city seem much smaller than it is.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A photo blossoms

A man photographs the Cherry blossom in full bloom... with his cell phone.

Chase Jarvis says the best camera is the one you have with you.
During Hanami, hundreds if not thousands of Japanese flock to parks to view the Sakura (Cherry) Blossoms.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ueno Streets at night

Braving the streets of Ueno in Tokyo isn't all that dangerous... just a few cyclists to watch out for.
It's even safe enough for school kids to wander around by themselves.