As noted in Bhajan singing 1 and 2, the warmly dressed singers from the Rama Temple are singing songs of praise to Vaishnava deities. Women and men sing together in these groups.
The saint, Jalal al-Din, is said to have thrown a stick which stuck in the ground and began growing into a tree. As this now magnificent tree is associated with the saint and his healing powers, pilgrims tie colored fabric to its branches as a symbol of their petitions. In particular, women who have been infertile come to this shrine to pray for the blessing of children.
A fish-shaped, carved white jade vase with dark edging and detail.
Chilled coffees and teas in a local shop.
A number of middle-schoolers have trouble staying awake in class.
With the variety of vending machines on the street, to live in Japan you'd never have to step foot inside of a store. Here is a row of vending machines offering beer and liquor.
This doorway leads into a small shrine room with a lingam carved in a yoni, symbol of the union of Shiva and Shakti, the divine male and female. The light of the candle, the only illumination in this inner shrine room, is visible through the doorway.
Familiar scenes from the Indian epic, the Ramayana, cover one outer wall of the main temple. The parallel wall on the other side tells the story of the Mahabharata in carved vignettes of well-known episodes.
This majestic and huge elephant stands at the entrance to the most complex of the Jain caves. Elephants are associated with royalty and power.
Instant Ramen, always a popular item, is shown here, pre-packaged with bowls.
The Manu Stambha stands just inside the temple courtyard.
A closer look at a Japanese ATM.
A variety of popular sushi is seen on this advert.
The colonel gets into the spirit on Chldren's Day in Japan by dressing up samurai style.
Counters in a Japanese post-office
A group of Japanese school boys show off for the camera.
Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.
Bronze axe with man and beast motif. May have been a token of rank and an instrument in conducting human sacrifices. "The innocent face, flanked by a pair of animals, usually identified as tigers, seems blissfully unaware of any unhappy outcome, and the tigers, most ferocious of beasts, are surprisingly benign." [as quoted from Robert Thorpe]
Whatever Chairman Mao tells me to do, I shall do--Learn from Chairman Mao's works like Comrade Wang Jie. Illustration shows Wang Jie, a model PLA soldier who was used to promote the cult of Chairman Mao in the early 1960s, amidst grinning workers and peasants.
A poster with maps of regions in Japan at the Hokkaido post office.
Three boys enjoying their time between classes.
A sheep announces it's a new year, the year of the Sheep.
A mail-drop box at the Hokkaido Post Office
Children's drawings adorn this poster.
As described in the pamphlet, this is a "skull hand-drum, dating from Qing dynasty. Made from the skull caps of a boy and girl joined together at the tops and covered with lamb or monkey skin."