TRAVEL ~ JAPAN
A window of Enlightenment at Unryu-in temple ~ Kyoto, Japan
Tsukubai, water basin, ~ Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Oiran 花魁 ~ Japanese courtesans back in 17th and 18th century. There're no more Oiran in modern times but there're few Matsuri (festival) parading wearing Oiran costume.
Oiran in Yoshiwara, Japan
Stones laid across a shallow pond in the formal garden at the Nanzen-ji temple ~ Kyoto, Japan by Aaron Webb
100 Jizo statues in Nikko, Japan ~ Red scarves in remembrance of babies gone too early- the jizo looks after those mizuko (water spirits)
Kamakura, Japan ~ the Great Iron Buddha is a World Heritage Site, and worth pilgrimage no matter what you worship.
Shrine Maiden ~ Meiji Jingu Shrine Tokyo Dancing in Japan first started as temple dances performed by shrine maidens, hence one of the names for Japanese Dance (when performing solo) is "Mai" or "Sacred Movement".
I like this - okiya: The Maiko of Kyoto (by Baron Reznik)
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Hydrangea Temple ~ Kannon-ji temple,Fukuchiyama, Kyoto, Japan