Japan Kyoto . 日本.京都 Gion 傍晚時的祇園.白川南通 DSC_7551
Gion is a district of Kyoto, Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. Shirakawa Canal in the Gion district, showing the rear of some ochaya The geisha in the Gion district (and Kyoto generally) does not refer to themselves as geisha; instead, Gion geisha use the…
The Peaceful Tranquility of a Buddhist Temple
I was over at a friend's house recently, and she had some interesting literature about the Buddhist religion. To be precise, it was a comic book version of the path to enlightenment of Gautama Buddha. Wacky stuff - especially the demons shooting raybeams from their eyes... Now, I'm not throwing stones in a glass house. Christianity has some seriously loopy mythology (and I praise those who choose to interpret most of it from a symbolic viewpoint), but it did open my eyes to some interesting…
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Beautiful and powerful. Shot in Seattle at the "From Hiroshima to Hope" festival which marks the day that the "Little Boy", the first atomic bomb, was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945, and serves as a memorial for the victims of both the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.