Holier Than Thou?

First of all, it’s nice to be traveling with friends (and friends of friends), but starting every morning at the Starbucks right near our hotel is a bit much guys! Not to mention it’s right beside a Krispy Kreme, where the line runs way out the door every night. For fairness and full disclosure, I did indulge once, just to support a North Carolina original.

Fortunately my friend Larry (who planned out his Japan trip to every, last, excruciating detail) had highlighted many of the same things I wanted to see. So I have done my best to hang with them, until, invariably, I stop to do some photography and they move on. That’s ok, really, I am fine on my own. So anyway, we have been to lots of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, which is one of the things I want to see.

On the surface, these various religions and faiths look very different, but at the core they are strikingly similar. Sure, when the Japanese Buddhists put there hands together to pray, that make a loud slap, as if to wake the lazing Buddha before them, but still the hands are reverently together. Same same – as they say in broken English all around the world.

Yesterday, we took a trip south out of the city to the seaside town of Kamakura. Which is famous for this giant, if not a bit green, Buddha:


These temples are very interesting, often with long pathways leading to them, sometimes very dramatically. Thare are usually large gates that overhang the pathway marking the entrance to the temple grounds. Incense are a big part of the ritual of these temples, very much like with Catholic or Orthodox Christianity, and these were burning in a spherical container in front of the big B himself.

At another temple, we were fortunate to encounter a wedding being performed. Who would have thought I would come all this way to shoot a wedding! It seemed like I was working harder than the official photographer there. Meanwhile, the guys were impatiently waiting for me back at the entrance, but I wasn’t going to miss this.

In a place like this!

Sorry guys.


11 Responses to “Holier Than Thou?”

  1. 1 pro10s May 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I’m enjoying your pictures. They’re a little bit differnt view from what I usually see. Very interesting. You already have visited many placeis but You really haven’t seen temples and shrines yet until you get to Kyoto!

  2. 2 Foodie Pam May 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hey Peter – Love the posts and getting to see what you’re seeing! Wish I could have seen the wedding you were really lucky to catch it…

  3. 3 Salmon King May 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    You got mad skills at photography AND writing bro. I am enjoying the commentary. You will never believe this, Blade Runner is on TV tonight, I may have to watch it. And speaking of dreary Buffalo, Rome NY has been 50’s and rainy this week. I am making good use of your GO umbrella! NC or Bust!

  4. 4 Salmon King May 22, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    btw gas hit $4.00 per gallon here today. And Blade Runner was not that good Pete.

  5. 5 michele May 23, 2008 at 9:38 am

    hey george!

    thanks for the call. . .’just wanted to let you know that michael and i went to maryland over the weekend for his graduation.
    during the hooding ceremony i wept. it has been a long haul but he finally reached this particular goal. . .masters in computer science management cum laude : )
    talk about going forward. . .now is time to figure out what MY goals are once again. . .i have lost sight of them some how. . . your pics are an inspiration. i am so grateful for the person you are, george!
    i just ordered my obama yard sign!!!! ‘am going to a fundraiser next week hosted by stephen king, john grisham and tess gerritsen. i just love king. . .and he hardly ever gets involved in politics, but due to the ruin over the last 8 years, he said he just HAD to.
    any news on your car? unfreakin’believable!!!
    stay safe and remember to look at the moon.

  6. 6 salmon king May 23, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Michele, it’s me Jeff, remember me?

  7. 7 michele May 26, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Well, yes, of course I do ! You live in Rome, yes?
    How IS live in leatherstocking country these days?

  8. 8 Salmom King May 26, 2008 at 9:24 am

    yep, that’s me. The leatherstocking region could not be any more dreary and boring these days. Terrible!

  9. 9 Salmon King May 26, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Whoops, that should read Salmon King as I love to fish for King Salmon.

  10. 10 Salmon King May 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Hi Michele,

    Yes, it is me. The leatherstocking region could not be any more dreadful and boring! Really terrible.

  11. 11 Le Conte de Montecristo May 27, 2008 at 8:34 am

    The first one with the wavers is interesting, I just wish for more air again. This is not TV nor National Geographic Peter, it is supposed to be fine art, work on the composition.

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