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The last of the pictures from Japan
Deadly Mally

These are from my solitary wanderings after the seminar ended on July 1. I didn't whip out the camera as often when I was on my own, partly because it was pouring most of the time. But here are a few last bits and pieces:

Akihabara, looking just the way you'd expect:

Tanuki shrine near Sensoji, the great temple of Asakusa (I absolutely loved the energy and relatively relaxed attitude of Asakusa--I want to spend more time puttering around the side streets someday):

I was having some tanuki synchronicity while I was in Tokyo; the evening before I went to Asakusa and happened across this shrine, I watched a TV news story about a litter of abandoned tanuki pups that had been found in a storm drain, rescued by city workers, and taken to a zoo where they were happily thriving. Soooooo cute (but then, I think raccoons are adorable, nuisances though they are). (Here's a full-grown tanuki: http://www.uf.a.u-tokyo.ac.jp/hokuen/gallery/tanuki.jpg)

The other end of the tanuki shrine's yard:

Little area close to Sensoji:

Side shrine:

Entry to Asakusa shopping arcade:

And the last picture I took in Japan, from the bus on the way to the airport:

The Bless Us All chapel. Seemed like a nice sendoff, you know?

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Really nice shots. Thanks for sharing them.

I still feel all sniffly that I've come to the end of the pictures! Waaaaaah.

Me too! :( The last picture from the bus makes me so sad.

But ooooh. The "Little area close to Sensoji" - absolutely lovely.

Sigh. I love that you've taken so many street scenes, which actually gives depth to the experience of the shrines tucked into these spaces. This leaves me feeling a little jealous of a culture that encourages this cheek-by-jowl jumble to exist.

In the "little area," what are the table-cloth looking things on the statues? They make me think someone has kindly provided a tucked-in napkin to protect the clothing from other-worldly feasts.

See, I'm not even sure what to call that particular spot with the lifelike busts and the bodhisattva with the bib . . . an outdoor temple? I guess so; it doesn't seem to be a cemetery. I hope somebody wanders by who knows more than I do.

I saw the bib things on some images in the temple cemetery near our Musashisakai hotel, and also at outdoor sections of the Hasedera temple at Kamakura. Shinto gods are thirsty, but Bodhisattvas aren't--so I don't know what the cloths mean, unless they're just a way of honoring and decorating the image?

Thanks for sharing the pics with us!

(Hopefully you got my email with my new addy. Time is getting short on me now...)

hey they look like racoons!!!

awesome pics. that first one is like all candy bright new york city-like.

Ooooh I went to Asakusa Shrine too when I was in Japan. No wonder the places looked familiar.

*sigh* so different. Somedays things are so ordinary here. Though I suppose the Japanese probably feel the same about there.

Japan is such an amazing contrast of the old and the new, nestled so uniquely side by side. That duality so well blended seems to be part of the fascination of this wonderful culture.

I see photos of futuristic cityscapes and a very modern Japan and I think of the Blade Runner, and then I see the temples and think of the samurai tradition and their past.

Thanks for sharing your impressions!! ^__________^

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