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moat female shaman dance (Haniwa はにわ:Japanese terracotta figures )

moat female shaman dance (Haniwa はにわ:Japanese terracotta figures )

No.377 at Heisenji Hakusan Shrine, Katsuyama City, Fukui, Japan Tranquility, combined with modest green and fresh air, can create a place for contemplation.

at Heisenji Hakusan Shrine, Katsuyama City, Fukui, Japan Tranquility…

福井県あわら市、あわら温泉の「湯巡権三」。頭の白っぽいふくらみは湯気。 "Yumeguri-Gonzo" Awara hot spring, Awara city, Fukui prefecture, Japan.

福井県あわら市、あわら温泉の「湯巡権三」。頭の白っぽいふくらみは湯気。 "Yumeguri-Gonzo" Awara hot spring, Awara city, Fukui prefecture, Japan.

Shrine maiden performing a Kagura, traditional Shinto dance, at the Fushimi Inara Taisha in Kyoto!

Shrine maiden performing a Kagura, traditional Shinto dance, Fushimi Inara Taisha, Kyoto

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)

Shirasaginomai – White Egret Dance

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

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

Fushimi Inari Taisha: Climbing Mt.Inari!

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.

“Itako are blind women who train to become spiritual mediums in Japan. Training involves severe ascetic practices, after which the woman is said to be able to communicate with Japanese Shinto spirits, kami (gods), and the spirits of the dead. Itako perform rituals tied to communication with the dead and divination. The practice has been on the decline, with only 20 living itako in Japan, all more than 40 years old.” http://www.therealjapan.com/meeting-an-itako-spiritual-medium/

Itako are blind women who train to become spiritual mediums who are said to be able to communicate with the dead. Here, we meet Nakamura-san, Itako in Japan

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Old and new photos, natural objects. Studio of artist/sculptress Erin Curry.

Small artificial canal called levada, part of an ancient irrigation system, flowing through a temperate primary forest called laurisilva, Madeira (4201-76751 / 00621587 © Minden Pictures)

Small artificial canal called levada, part of an ancient irrigation system, flowing through a temperate primary forest called laurisilva, Madeira (AWESOME)

Yoshino Tayu Hana Kuyo is a memorial service held in Kyoto every April to commemorate Yoshino Tayu, a famous 17th century tayu, the highest rank of geisha.  The ceremony consists of a procession of tayu outside Josho-ji Temple followed by a brief memorial service and tea ceremony inside the temple grounds.

Yoshino Tayu Hana Kuyo is a memorial service held in Kyoto every April to…

Tenshin-En, which means the “Garden in the Heart of Heaven,” was designed after Zen temple gardens of 15th-century Japan. Come join us again, or discover this peaceful garden for the first time.

Tenshin-En, which means the “Garden in the Heart of Heaven,” was designed after Zen temple gardens of Japan. Come join us again, or discover this peaceful garden for the first time.

Aaron Ruff of jewellery label Digby & Iona shows Vogue his Brooklyn studio - Aaron Ruff in the Digby & Iona studio.

Aaron Ruff of jewellery label Digby Iona shows Vogue his Brooklyn studio - Aaron Ruff in the Digby Iona studio.

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