Asakusa Kids

Asakusa Kids

Originally uploaded by crowley_station.

I liked this candid portrait of the child standing by the fortune stand. (Those are paper fortunes tied to wires… it looks like barbed wire, but it isn’t) I noticed on my travels through Japan that the concept of Shrines and Temples were different by definition, but each seemed to offer the same services and features. In a way, each establishment “borrowed” concepts (such as the fortune stands) to the point where each appears (to the culturally untrained) to be the same… when in fact, for the locals (and for those who know the purpose of shrines and temples) each has a special place in daily life and activities.


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