New Years Day, 2017

life_in_maine_new_year_2017Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous new year.

(The start to our new year was marked by a snow storm that caused
a three-day power outage. We got our power back today.
But it made our forest look very pretty. Click on the image for a larger view.)

New Years in Tokyo

tokyo_new_years_dayNew years in Japan is a rich event. Millions of Japanese visit shrines and temples. One of the largest temples in Tokyo and one of the busiest is Senso-ji in Asakusa. This temple is famous for its gate. What it is little known for is one of the shortest rituals of the new year celebration, moja-okuri. Click on the image for a larger view.

Winter Returns

life_in_maine_winter_returnsIt snowed all day Tuesday. This is the first significant snow we have had this winter. Up until now, we have had a very mild season with warm temperatures breaking records for the holiday. Looking out our front door tonight gives a very different impression. Will will have to dig out Wednesday. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Schoolyard Nativity

tokyo_school_nativityA schoolyard nativity scene in Tokyo, with pink rabbits and Winnie-the-pooh. Note the shoe boxes where students place their footwear before entering the school building. This was one of the outtakes from Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness. Click on the image for a larger view.