December 15, 2017

Heart-shaped Ema for Good Matches

Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto
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松尾大社(京都市西京区嵐山宮町)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Ema (絵馬) are small wooden plaques, common to Japan, in which Shinto and Buddhist worshippers write prayers or wishes. The ema are left hanging up at the shrine, where the kami (神, spirits or gods) are believed to receive them. Typically 15 cm wide and 9 cm high, they often carry images or are shaped like animals, or symbols from the zodiac, Shinto, or the particular shrine or temple. In ancient times people would donate horses to the shrines for good favor; over time this was transferred to a wooden plaque with a picture of a horse, and later still to the various wooden plaques sold today for the same purpose. Once inscribed with a wish, Ema are hung at the shrine until they are ritually burned at special events, symbolic of the liberation of the wish from the writer. (Read more...)

December 09, 2017

Tinted Metasequoia Leaves

Kyōto Botanical Garden, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto
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京都府立植物園(京都市左京区下鴨半木町)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Metasequoia glyptostroboides, the dawn redwood, is a fast-growing, endangered deciduous conifer, the sole living species of the genus Metasequoia, one of three species in the subfamily Sequoioideae. It is native to Lichuan city in the Hubei province (湖北省利川市) of China. Although shortest of the redwoods, it can grow to at least 200 ft (61 m) in height. In 1941, the genus Metasequoia was originally reported by palaeobotanist Shigeru Miki (三木茂) as a widely distributed extinct genus based on fossils, before attracting considerable attention a few years later when small populations were found in central China. It is a particularly well-known example of a living fossil species. The tree faces considerable risks of extinction in its wild range due to deforestation, and so has been planted extensively in arboreta worldwide, where it has proved a popular and fast-growing ornamental plant.

December 07, 2017

Wallpaper

McDonald's Kinkaku-ji Shop, Kita-ku, Kyōto
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マクドナルド金閣寺店(京都市北区衣笠大祓町)

December 06, 2017

Berries of the Heavenly Bamboo

Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
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北野天満宮(京都市上京区馬喰町)

The fine-texture foliage of Heavenly Bamboo is a more delicate stand-in for bamboo, with the bonus of red winter berries. Reddish new leaves mature to blue-gray as the showy flower spikes form and begin to bloom. In colder climates, the plants may drop their leaves; in warmer areas, the foliage reddens in winter. Heavenly bamboo forms an airy layer under trees in dry shade, but it performs best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

December 03, 2017

Pikachu Smart Phone Cases

Silvers, Shinkyōgoku-dōri, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto
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シルバー(京都市中京区新京極通四条上る)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Hepburn: Pikachū) are a species of Pokémon (ポケモン), fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation. (Read more...)