My family just returned from a trip to Japan and I wanted to share some images from our time there. We had many incredible impressions, and in particular were touched by the special affection that is given to children, and also the care that is shown toward animals, plant life, art and architecture.
We stayed in Kyoto during the Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi celebration when families come together to honor those who have gone before, and to spend holiday time together. The mood was festive and gave us many opportunities to experience this modern/ancient culture.
We visited the Arashiyama Monkey Park and fed the monkeys.
And then we visited a temple in Nara where hundreds of deer
live out in the open among the visitors.
This is my son taking a selfie.
And throughout our trip we saw many ancient Jizu shrines to honor children past and present.
We visited the aquarium (in Osaka).
And an ancient temple with a gigantaic pillar that children love to crawl through.
Our family had a very special trip and will long remember the generosity and spirit of the Japanese people.