Weekly Photo Challenge: THRESHOLD

How many senses there are to the word “threshold”!

I’m starting off with genkan, a kind of no-man’s-land space between  the street and a house in Japan. This threshold figuratively marks the difference between inside (no shoes) and outside (shoes).

Genkan in Shimane Prefecture

The next threshold opens from outside gardens to an inner garden, intended to be private for the household. The Lord and Lady of the Manor graciously beckon to us to enter. Their pose is modeled on the affable gesture of the Duke of Berry in a 15th century Book of Hours illuminated by the Limbourg brothers. Approche! Approche! waves the Duke on the illuminated page. Come! Come! we — er, they — are inviting you.

Come! Come!

And last in this series, another literal threshold.  This one, though, is so small you’d be hard put to get over it and into the little patisserie beyond unless, like Alice in Wonderland, you had access to a marvelous shrinking mushroom, or something like that. This is a model from the Mini Time Machine, a Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona, a marvelous place for anyone who remembers from childhood how enchanting miniatures can be.

Victorian Pastry Shop

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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: THRESHOLD

  1. jfb57 says:

    Love the effects on that last photo!

  2. I looked at the photos before reading and wondered about the little blonde. NOW it makes sense. 😉
    Great shots. This one has me stumped.

  3. I cross a threshold between wonder and appreciation every time I come here to read! You never cease to impress me. And spring is coming, really it is – my rhubarb is up!

  4. Stef says:

    I love how inside slippers are provided for guests (in your first image). And the gardens look beautiful – both inside and out! Great representations of “threshold”. 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thank you, Stef.
      (I didn’t have room for the info that at the threshold of the toilet door there are special “toilet slippers” provided that you change into!)

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