Cherry and Plum Blossoms
All this has a symbolic meaning but I don't remember what it is
Purification before going into Shrine
Getting one's fortune
What you do with your fortune if you don't like it!
Crafts and customs
Japan is noted for government support for people upholding traditional crafts. This lovely lady (I just loved her expressions) does silk weaving.
These are like the old computer punch cards and determine the design of the fabric
How she keeps all the threads straight is a miracle to me
Our Guide Moka
We had a good time with her. Lot's of life experiences we shared in common as well as the love of photography
After much discussion she mentioned a local place that was in the back of a produce shop that was basically Mom's cooking. We couldn't resist that. It was very simple and good. All kinds of interesting vegetable salads and pickles with a fish or meat to go along with it.
Picture of a wedding party we weren't supposed to take
This is of an archeological dig taking place of a facility where foreigners during the 8th/9th century came from China and elsewhere and were quarantined until their credentials were approved by the Japanese Emperor in Kyoto
Fukuoka Castle is mostly gone with only a few restored parts
Japanese Park and Garden
Just loved the garden. So many textures.
Our intrepid - if wet and cold adventurers
I believe Wife is saying "#@!*&% It's raining!!!!
Of course Signs of the World
I think this says you have to wear a hat to fish while the one underneath I think mentions a place for drunk ducks to rest.
No peeing on the fish!
And the absolutely last thing we saw before heading back to the apartment...
A Rainbow :)