Hi everyone. Monday has arrived. I must be ready for my summer break because I can't say I am very excited about having some work days ahead of me. I did have a great Sunday though. It was just gorgeous here. Sunny, not too hot or too cold, not too many black flies and a little breeze to blow the ones buzzing about away. I spent a happy day working out in my garden. And the hubby brought his boat home from his mother's house where he stores it for the winter. This is always a very exciting day for him too.
I did squeeze in a little art time later in the day, but for some reason nothing was drying very quickly, which surprised me since it seemed like it would be a good drying day. So my art time didn't last too long since everything I was working needed drying before I could move forward.
But I do have this simple page from my Nature Journal for you today.
Another little flora piece for Jo's Flora and Fauna challenge at Art Journal Journey.
And lastly, as promised, some more photos from the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. If you want to see the photos from the first post, I put it up yesterday here Favorite Tokyo Spot.
These 2 trees in the next photo are called the marriage trees. I guess that's why they have the rope connecting them. But what is really cool about them is how their branches are intertwined and grown among each other. I thought it was nice symbolism. This is a common place for people to marry and I like the idea of 2 people becoming more intertwined as years go by and as they grow..
And this next photo was a really eye catching wall.
Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine. Now I don't really know anything about Shintoism, but we were told that the shrines each have their own "themes" and that you go there to have good luck with whatever the theme is. Since Meiji shrine is about the Emperor and his wife that opened up Japan, you go there to pray to their spirits for luck from them.
This wall is made of empty sake barrels, and there is a connection between sake and connecting to the gods. I believe that drinking sake is suppose to make people be closer and connected to the gods. (But don't quote me on this, as I might be wrong). These barrels were very beautiful and I spent quite awhile looking at them.
You can also pay for a wooden board where you write what you wish for. Then they hang theses at the shrine.
They are written in all kinds of languages.
It is a very popular thing to do from the number of these. I admit I didn't buy or write one, but I did buy a small good health token. It was only a couple of dollars and I thought it was just a cool little souvenir. I don't carry it on me, although it's meant to be in your wallet or pocket, but I do have it along with some other little memory pieces in my studio to inspire me.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to this shrine, and at some point I will bring you to a few more that are very different.
Have a great start to the new week.