Temple of the People

A torii (literally bird abode) is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane…Read More

Wander and Wonder

This afternoon, I went to Tsuruoka, a neighboring city to eat…ok to see the festival. But I fell in love with this side of the park.

running free

“can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” — kw     In photo is the beautiful tulip garden at Ikoi no Mura…Read More


Koinobori ‘Koinobori’ means ‘carp-streamer kite’, and the carp was chosen as the symbol of Children’s Day because the Japanese consider it the most spirited fish, full of energy and power…Read More