Picture This…

July 23, 2009

(Originally Published 05/05/2008)

This blog has undergone a transformation this semester and instead of writing about my thoughts on Japan I just upload skads of pictures of signs and a few of the interesting places I’ve been recently.  I really have been doing a lot of pretty cool stuff and I’d like to tell you all about it but this is basically just another pictures post again.  The soccer tournament, the art show in Kyoto, watching Kabuki in Kyoto, the trip to Takarazuka, another trip to Kisaichi, a couple more shopping adventures in Osaka…  Maybe sometime soon I’ll tell you or maybe I’ll forget.  I don’t really have any excuses.

More... Anyway, last night I went to Yawatashi again to climb up Otokoyama and visit Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine.  My friends David and Leyre went with me and we climbed together up through the quiet, sweltering forest.  We weren’t really sure if anything was happening or not because there weren’t any other people around and it was so quiet but when we got to the top and reached the shrine there were lots of people milling about.  This was the only night of the year that they open the main building to the public and the entire shrine was lit up with candles.  There were lots of shrine workers dressed in white running around guiding everyone and selling charms.  We entered the main building and were blessed by a man dressed all in white who shook a giant feather duster over us and then told us we could enter.  They had a table inside where they were showcasing some really old painted wooden sculptures (the oldest of which was more than three hundred years old).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t take any pictures of these but they were really beautiful.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Jinja


A view of some of the current fancy woodwork at the shrine.

Woah, pretty.

And I’ve got a few pictures of signs from the Takarazuka trip too.  I hope to tell you more soon.

Beware of perverted shadow monsters!


And giant hands…

Woah, where'd that come from?

Some warnings to pedestrians about road construction.

There could be moles...

Which is a bad thing if you're a tanuki

The difference between warning signs in America and Japan: signs in America threaten to fine you and send you to jail while signs in Japan strike you down with guilt for doing anything wrong by being incredibly cute.

Don't start fires!

And finally – Japan is full of signs warning you to clean up after your dog, but I’ve never seen one this cute.

Motte kaette, ne!


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