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... about the only parts not covered are the in laid mother of pearl pieces. The original shrine is now housed inside a "fire proof" building to protect it from the elements and fire.
There are a total of about 20 separate shrines in the immediate area. Unlike other shrines, most of the shrines here have exteriors of natural wood. Many have beautiful carvings, ...
... the countless buildings across Japan. That's a good thing, as there is very little else left standing in Hiraizumi and the attractions mainly consist of foundation stones marking the locations of once grand buildings. Riding around in the bus covering all the different sites across town, the driver anticipated the boredom of the passengers and started singing old songs about the region. At least that is what the others told us.
I awoke the morning of the 11th to an onslaught of messages on facebook of concerned friends in Japan. They described the swaying of the buildings to that of our ship rolling back and forth on the high seas. The video footage was unbelievable. The devastation was a far-cry from the pristine and orderly manner of Japanese culture that I was so accustomed in my five previous visits to Japan.
My earliest memory of Japan dates back ...
... and electric cables spaghetti from wall plugs as camera batteries and mobile phones are charged.
What sort of people would do this to such a lovely space? What sort of animals are we?
Unfortunately we're only being true to ourselves.
And don't get us started on all the ******* around with slippers. I only want to go and have a pee. Why do I need to change my footwear three times?
In all our miles travelling through the ...
... of some terrifying anime character. And yet these monsters are not designed to scare people or their little sons and daughters for they are good ogres. Unpredictable and hairy, yes, but good, and their purpose is to scare off some other predator, ward off some other evil. In this sense, as with shaman they are both wild and dangerous but ultimately protective and healing.