Statue mash up

Carrying on our trip around Daishoi-In Shrine we come across a room full of little gold statues. This is the room of 1000 Fudo Images. Commemorating the succession of the current (77th) head priest, one thousand Fudo myo-o, or Immovable King, images were donated by worshippers. The shrine is stuffed to the gills with aContinue reading “Statue mash up”

Shrines and sushi

Follow us as we trot around the quaint little streets of Takayama, chock full of gorgeous old buildings and quirky sights. Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. Consequently the city was put under direct control of the shogun and had quite a bitContinue reading “Shrines and sushi”

Into the abyss

After the wonders of Nikko we head to the impressively named Kanmangafuchi abyss. Kanmangafuchi is also known for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased. This particular group of Jizo statues is alternately called “Bake Jizo” (Ghost Jizo), “Narabi Jizo” (Jizo in a line) or “HyakuContinue reading “Into the abyss”

For Sakes sake . . .

Another of my Japanese obsessions is the beautifully ornate Sake barrels often found displayed close to shrines. There is a particularly impressive Sake barrel display close to the entrance of Meiji Jingu Shrine in Shibuyu. When displayed near a Shinto shrine, such barrels are called kazaridaru, which means “decoration barrels.” The barrels on display areContinue reading “For Sakes sake . . .”

Raccoon dogs and tiny peeps

Heading on from Senso-ji we briefly admire this impressive copper statue of the 9th Danjuro Ichikawa the famous kabuki actor. He is shown in the role depicting “Shibaraku”. Then it’s onwards for more exploring of the winding streets of Asakusa, complete with colourful wall hangings and delightfully garish posters. Now  we find ourselves exploring the curiousContinue reading “Raccoon dogs and tiny peeps”

Faux food and fascinations

Finally back on the blog to carry on charting the epic trip to Japan that we took last year. Still in Tokyo’s Asakusa district we carry on exploring the fascinating back streets full of incredible sights. The man starts off his holiday task of being “stick your head in that” man and poses for aContinue reading “Faux food and fascinations”

Old churches and ancient stones

On a slightly grey, overcast day we all pile into the cars for a day trip from Loctudy to Camaret. On route we stop at a traditional stone church. Here we can see some of the archetypal religious architecture that is prevalent in Brittany. There are several regional features that mark out the Breton countryContinue reading “Old churches and ancient stones”

Panormitis monastery

While touring around Symi you will see many churches  devoted to the Archangel Michael. The decorative Greek Orthodox Monastery of Taxiarchis Mihail Panormitis is the most important on the island. The monastery is a large 18th-century Venetian styled building with the highest baroque bell tower in the world. It’s covered in ornate red, yellow and blue detailing,Continue reading “Panormitis monastery”