Sunday, September 03, 2006
Once Upon a Time In an Ancient Land
1,500 years old grave. Islam wasn't even established as a "religion" back then. But in an world of ancient wonder and mystique, in a world like Japan there was a sacred ritual already in place! Seeing things like this really puts the world in perspective.
Bamboo is a type of grass. It's very 'fern-like' in its leafy sprawl.
Temple on the mountain. I finally hiked part way up the mountain. This isn't the temple on the very top, this is only the Shinto shrine half way up. But this one is really old. Maybe two hundred or three hundred years old. It seems to have been rebuilt several times. It seems that around every corner there is a Shinto shrine to pray at or a Buddhist temple to enjoy. I've already found five within my small town.
Spitting Dragon! After all you have to wash your hands and cleanse before praying.
Bridge over the pond of Koi. Koi are the big carp Gold Fish which every pond in Japan has an abundance of. Koi also means 'love' in Japanese.