Standing through the Storm

#Temple in #Taipei. The #cultural difference between temples mainland #China and #Taiwan was interesting. Taiwan had more varieties of blue, a lot more incorporation of ocean symbolism, and a lot of practicing believers in there praying. In China you have some believers pray, but it’s more like ‘while I’m here.’ In Taiwan the feel is that they normally come, and this is daily life.

Either way, the temples are gorgeous!

Cherry Blossoms

Art in the temple & gardens of Sanjusangendo & Chishaku-in at the beautiful #Kyoto. Facebook reminded me of this trip in my memories today. I still say, if you could only visit one city in all of #Japan, go to Kyoto. Breathtaking history, culture, art, museums, temples, natures, modern. . . . I ❤️ Kyoto as much as I do Seoul (and that’s saying a lot!)

Gongyi Grotto

#Gongyi #Grottos – one if 4 Famous grottos in #China.  These are places where loyal #monks have carefully carved out thousand and millions of #buddhas and religious #statues into the walls of nearby #caves over CENTURIES!  Unfortunately, many of the ones in Henan were destroyed during the #CulturalRevolution or were defaced by the Western militaries During the wars with #China.  Still an amazing, awe-inspiring sight! Well worth the trip! Thanks to the Henan Provincial Tourism Bureau for sponsoring our trip today – it was lovely!

The Next Generation

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Jumping Jacks (Wushu-Style)

Look carefully, and you’ll see the Chinese lanterns in the background – I thought this was a cool photo. These are performing Chinese students of Wushu from the Shaolin Temple during the biennial Wushu Festival.

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Light in the Shadows

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Through Ancient Roofs

 

 

The modern Kyoto Tower through the roofs of one of the Shrines

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