Friday, April 20, 2012

How To See Something Amazing: Shrines.

Kasuga-Taisha.  Shrine of the Fujiwara Family.  Nara.

Step 1.
Wake up and decide to have an adventure.

Step 2.
Pick a place to go.  Have a stack of guidebooks at hand...that will make this step much easier!

Step 4.
Pack your kid's diapers/snacks/bottles/extra formula/binkies/wipes/ziploc for dirty diapers/blankie/extra outfit/magic charm to to instantly silence crying (ooooh, maybe the shrine has one of those).

Step 5.
Pack your wallet/fully charged phone/keys/chapstick/train pass/extra yen/extra-adventurous attitude.

Step 6.
Smile and tell yourself this adventure with your kid WILL be fun.  Or really funny in a couple of years.  Either way, good things will come of it.

Step 7.
Repeat!  Repeat!  Repeat!

If you do this enough times, at enough shrines, you will see things that you've never seen before; yet, somehow you've seen them a thousand times.  Wherever you are in the world, only the details that are different.

Shinto wedding.

Exchanging of rings.

Getting teary at the wedding of complete strangers.

Omiyamairi.  Very similar to Christian baby dedications.
Little Tofu Fox used to be that small.  Getting teary, again.

What can be more amazing than two lives being joined together, or a life just beginning?
This is part of life in Japan.  Don't miss it.


-The Tofu Fox

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