Shirasaginomai Asakusa via Tokyobling's Blog. Twice a year at Asakusa’s famous Sensoji temple an old ceremony of dancers dressed as white egrets or herons take place, once in April and once in November. The ceremony is called Shirasaginomai (白鷺の舞)
Yame paper - a handmade soft textured Japanese paper made from the long-fibre kozo (mulberry) plant and the clear waters of the Yabe river - is a fiber beloved to us. Indeed, we used it to create the collection of dresses and kaftans ('Quan Yin's Vow') currently on show at the Kyosei-no-Sato Kurokawa Inn Gallery, in Japan. The irony of buying paper in England only to return it to Japan was not lost on us. http://www.misskikisalon.co.uk/blog-app/yame-washi-paper
Temizuya (手水舎) along the trail to the top of Mt. Inari, part of the Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Caution: this is not for drinking, but, to cleanse one’s hands and mouth before praying at the shrine.