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What is Wabi Sabi? by nim
April 8, 2009, 11:53 am
Filed under: Architecture, Education, Group, People, Temple, Tokyo

wabi-sabi

We decided to ask these youthful suits what they thought Wabi Sabi meant. They told us that it was too difficult to explain in English what it was (although their English was pretty good)- so naturally we asked them if they could show us a pose that represents Wabi Sabi. Personally, I have  refrained from telling you what I believe Wabi Sabi to mean, because it can have so many defintions- for me it resided in an experience (in Japan) which will be shared later on in this blog series. But for all you Marcel Theroux wannabes, for now, this pose will have to do.

group-photo

…I should mention, the Japanese local in the middle is infact Bandai reject “Job hunter Ken”. These guys were amazingly animated, and incredible fun and I wish them the best of luck with their job hunting, especially Ken.

Nim and Chandni

senjo



Senso-ji by htkay
April 7, 2009, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Architecture, People, Photography, Temple, Tokyo, Tourism

Although Senso-ji temple is the oldest in Tokyo most of the buildings were built after the second world war, due to the originals having been destroyed by bombing.

tourists-templeThe above photo shows the Nakamise-dori, a 250 meter long street; once lined with market stalls that provided locals with necessities in the 18th century, but is now lined with stalls selling artifacts that any good tourist needs; folding chopsticks, green tea ice cream, Geta (wood sandals) and bright kimonos.

dsc05841The first structure you arrive at down Nakamise-dori is the Kaminarimon, the Thunder Gate, from which a huge lantern hangs. As you draw close up to this structure the age becomes apparent. The huge columns are cool steel, rather than timber and there aren’t the wonderful details in the eaves.

eaves1Despite Senso-ji being built in the 1960s and it feeling like a tourist attraction it is still very much a functioning temple. Along Nakamise-dori we ran into a group of third year college students, one of whom was ‘Job Hunter Ken’. They were on the way to pray for good fortune in Job Hunter’s search for employment.

 

Harry