Japan has been fascinating and unexpected. Unexpected to me anyway. We're just back from Kanazawa with our friend Rie who's been translating and explaining the many things that we're baffled by, (what various foods and implements are for instance - I nearly bought some pickled fish thinking
it was candy).
We're also accompanied in Kanazawa by Chris from Japan Experience the travel company which has helped me for some of the trip. He's a lot of fun and I feel we've seen a side of the city that most visitors don't see. Here are Chris and Rie doing the Kanazawa version of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" cover.
One of the places we visited was Oyama shrine which has great modern sculpture in its grounds and coloured glass in its tower
Stained and coloured glass is not a Japanese traditional craft. Dutch stained glass was brought over several centuries ago to Japan when the country was still mostly closed to the outside world. The shrine was established in 1599 but moved to this location in the 1870s. By then, I suppose coloured glass seemed like a smart Western style to use in this beautiful shrine, specially as Kanazawa has a strong artistic tradition. Can you see it in the top window of the tower?
We also understand that the central area of the pathway is reserved for gods but I'm afraid we walked down it anyway!
Here is more sculpture.
There's a tiny gold frog on this Alice in Wonderland leaf.
To get back to Halloween, I found this image in my files. Looks like a prompt a for a Halloween story, doesn't it? In fact, it's a prop, and at a particular point in the performance, it swoops out at the audience. Scary! But not quite so scary when the audience has just left and the lights are up.