Today was the start of 2017 for work. Suited up gents were in the mood for celebration in Ginza when we were crossing the zebra. Suddenly one of them was bouncing crazy.
Kodak Ektar 100
A set from yesterdays snow walk in Woluwe Saint-Pierre Brussels.
Name your wish in Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West, Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine is wonderfully serene and austere, not colorful or flashy like other Asian places of worship, and is less of a tourist trap than Senso-ji, the big Buddhist temple across town in Asakusa. The 40-foot-high (12-meter) torii gate at the entrance to the 200-acre park is made of 1,500-year-old cypress, and there’s a second one like it closer to the shrine itself. Stop at the cleansing station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer. You can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall, or do as the locals do — toss some yen into the offering box (it’s near the enormous taiko drum), bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more.
On Sunday mornings you are likely to see a traditional wedding procession (or two) through the courtyard — the bride in a white kimono and hood and the groom in his formal black robe, walking together under a big red parasol, with Shinto priests leading the way and the rest of the wedding party trailing behind. Shrines, big or small, can get interesting on festival days. Check the calendar to see what’s happening.
Meiji-jingu is open sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. Take the JR Yamanote line to Harajuku station.
How much do you value the public space?
Take a bike, a pink one to work. In Osaka people do it.
In Japan there’s a waffle chain called Manneken. We have not tasted them but the waffles smelled good.
Köln Dom Waffle is famous. Brussels people may not know this. We did not even try but I am sure it will taste sweet. May 2017 be a sweet year as well.
If you are visiting Copenhagen, I suggest taking a free walking tour. 1.5 hours is well spent and be generous tipping your guide.
Become more resilient for the challenges of 2017. Maybe the force be with you or have these teeth to bite!