Red is associated with Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism, and in many shrines in Japan, red will be the dominating colour. Nonomiya Shrine is located in Arashiyama, Kyoto and is the place where many imperial princesses during the Heinan period spent a year in order to purify themselves before going to the Ise Shrine. In this…… Continue reading Nonomiya Shrine: A Word A Week Challenge – Red
How I love pretending to be a princess in feudal Japan. Constructed in 1333, Himeji-jo is Japan’s biggest and possibly most recognised castles. I’ve been to Himeji-jo twice and I just find it really beautiful and peaceful. Looking out of the windows near the top of the castle, or jo, it is easy to imagine that I’m a…… Continue reading Himeji-jo: A Word A Week Challenge – Castle
Roof of the world – Looking down at clouds on Mt Batur, Bali, Indonesia There’s so many interpretations of the word “roof” and I decided to go with the idea of “roof of the world”. While in Bali years ago, we decided to join a group to climb up Mt Batur. We set off at…… Continue reading Roof of the World – A Word A Week Challenge
One day, as I was getting ready for work, I heard chirping that made it seem like there was a bird in my room. I turned to my window and there was this silhouette of a bird. A Word A Week Challenge – Unexpected
http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/a-word-a-week-challenge-distant/ In the distance, an explosion of colours. Taken while I was on a plane to Tokyo, Japan. I was mesmerised by the sight of the sun rising above the clouds.