Japan, "simplicity is graceful", 2015
The Shinto shrine was mysterious with the snow of late February. Located in Nikkō in the Tochigi Prefecture the shrine consists of more than a dozen richly decorated buildings.
Further down from the Shinkyo Bridge is a path lined with a collection of Jizō statues. It is nice and quiet. Every time you count the jizo statues you end up with a different number, they say. Local women usually take care of Jizo statues and provide them with hand-knitted hats and hand-sewn bibs. Such red bibs were said to have been worn by children in earlier times. The practice of dressing Jizo statues is related to receiving merit for the afterlife, a common theme in Buddhism.
When fish is a passion, one can sneak into the Tsukiji Fish Market outside of the visiting hours and stroll around until caught. Entering the market during the exciting auctions of the early morning hours is not allowed.