Sighting not one, but two! Can you spot the second one?
This large shoe outside the entrance of Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo represents the shoes of supplicants who make ritual pilgrimages to well-known temples. Similar shoes displays can be found in temples throughout Japan, such as Zenko-ji in Nagano.
Young Japanese couples will often travel to another city and then rent traditional outfits (colorful kimono for women and solid for men).
Walking along the main road of Hakone Moto, with it’s stately cypress trees, one can spot tourists in kimono.
The overhead signage calls attention to both the entrance to Kyoto’s famous food market as well as highlights the colorful glass roof that lets in light while protecting from the rain.
We know, it’s a dying breed to anyone under 35… an old-fashioned telephone booth for when you had to make calls while on the go. This one was spotted in a small town near Hakone.
For the English speaker, this unusual flaunting of authority by the Japanese bicycle rider is pretty funny. But if you read the Japanese, it’s entirely possible that the bikes parked here are rental bikes and maybe they just don’t want OTHER bikes parked here. Who’s to know if you don’t speak Japanese.
These ladies in their lovely kimono are just entering the famous Nijo castle, with it’s nightengale floors. Mabye they’ll be able to walk without setting the floors to singing?
These ladies are most likely coming from their weekly tea ceremony lesson at one of Kyoto’s premier monastery complexes, Daitoku-ji, which houses numerous sub-temples.
Kimono Sighting! This one at Sanjusangendo in Kyoto. We love it when the ladies of Japan where their original kimono when they go on an outing (as opposed to the rental ones that tourists wear in famous places).
Who knew you could find an old English phone booth in the middle of the mountains in Japan. This one was spotted on the streets of Takayama.
This is the beautiful Vermillion Torii gate entrance to the Matsuo Taisha shrine in western Kyoto. The shrine is dedicated to the god of water, which the families of sake-brewing have worshiped for centuries!
Kimono (for both men and women) as a fashion option for a visit to Saiho-ji Moss Garden Temple.