Japanese Cemeteries

October 30, 2015 - In honor of Halloween, I thought I would mention cemeteries today. Because of the lack of land, most people opt for crem...
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Bamboo Forest

October 29, 2015 - I have seen bamboo growing in small clumps at various botanical gardens but I had never seen a bamboo forest until I was...
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Frogs are lucky!

October 28, 2015 - The Japanese like puns (same as me!). The word for frog sounds very similar to the word for return. So to encourage peop...
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Tenryu-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

October 27, 2015 - T enryu-ji is the temple of the heavenly dragon and has a huge dragon painted on the ceiling of the main hall. We saw th...
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Kaiseki Lunch, Kyoto, Japan

October 26, 2015 - We had a Kaiseki Lunch at Shozan, a kimono factory. It was very elaborately presented! Each person had 11 separate littl...
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Ryoan-Ji Temple Garden, Kyoto, Japan

October 23, 2015 - The temple had a beautiful garden behind it with a pond. It had a tea house and a war memorial in addition to many flowe...
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Ryoan-Ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

October 22, 2015 - The Ryoan-Ji Temple was built in 1450. The centerpiece is a huge Zen rock garden which consists of only white gravel and...
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Cherry Blossoms, Kyoto, Japan

October 21, 2015 - We were fortunate to be in Japan when the cherry trees were in bloom (April). It was quite a beautiful sight to see! We...
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Golden Pavilion, Kyoto, Japan

October 20, 2015 - The first place we visited was Rokuon-Ji Temple, which is best known for the Golden Pavilion (see picture below of me in...
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Kyoto, Japan

October 19, 2015 - The first place we visited in Japan was Kyoto. It was the imperial capital of Japan from 794 – 1867 and it is still cons...
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Sale!

October 19, 2015 - Sale! I have put my photos of Japan and South Korea on my website and to celebrate I am offering 20% off your whole orde...
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Peacock Vase Lantern

October 08, 2015 - This lantern is made from medicine bottles to show the importance of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which relies on mixtu...
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Year of the Sheep

October 07, 2015 - The Chinese have a 12-year zodiac cycle and each year is represented by an animal. 2015 is the year of the sheep. Accord...
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Lighted Giant Penjing

October 06, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, clipping plants into shapes started in China. The process is called penzai a...
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Joyous Greeting Lantern

October 05, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, red ribbon symbolizes joyous celebration in Chinese culture. Ribbons are oft...
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Birdland

October 02, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, many Asian water birds spend the winter at Napa Lake, which lies below Shang...
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Porcelain Stupas Pagoda

October 01, 2015 - This lantern is modeled on the Porcelain Stupas Pagoda built during the Qing dynasty on a mountaintop in southern China.
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