Tag Archives: Japan

Weekly Photo Challenge: ZIGZAG, 2

What beautiful memories these particular zigzags conjure up! These are the vermilion zigzag edges of the pagoda associated with Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Anyone complaining about August heat in New England just needs to head for Japan in the summer. The very definition of HOT! … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: THRESHOLD

How many senses there are to the word “threshold”! I’m starting off with a 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). The next threshold opens from outside gardens to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: UNIQUE

Many emotions mingle in this photo — Delight at having captured the essence of something I loved, nostalgia for a place I love and probably will never visit again, sorrow because this unique “bonsai” tree (which was actually lifesize, that … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: NEAR AND FAR

Famed minimalist Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed this entrance to his new Stone Center at Williamstown’s Clark Art Institute: Ando had no formal training as an architect; his vision is purely his own. But it is surely influenced heavily by … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PURPLE

So, in this tangle of footwear at the entrance to our house, à la Japonaise, which are the shoes you notice first? Got it in one, of course. The purple Crocs! Purple is a color with ATTITUDE. Just like what … Continue reading

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Weekly (Unofficial) Photo Challenge: SUMMER TRAVEL

Nothing I have ever seen in my life is so GREEN as rice fields in Japan in the summertime.  They are the essence of greenness, so much so that first they shocked my eyes, and then nourished them as green … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ARRANGED (1)

What an abundance to choose from on this challenge! I’ll be playing with it all week — But I’m hungry right now, so I’ll begin with this bento box (itself offering plenty to choose from) — before I disarranged it! … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: THROUGH, 3

Glimpsed through the window of an upstairs tea room in Kyoto,  two strolling Japanese girls in a narrow street, warding off the fierce summer sun with their waxed sun umbrellas. There are two girls, two colors of umbrellas — but … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder, 3

When it comes to trees —- the Japanese have the right idea! Shinto is an animist religion which worships Kami, spirits that inhere in nature: in oceans, rivers, the sun, rocks, perhaps above all, in TREES.  Every Shinto shrine I’ve visited … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

In an inner sanctum at Ise Jingu, the shrine in Japan’s Mie Prefecture dedicated to the founding goddess Ameratsu, this Shinto priest is folded into himself:

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