Clean Street Innards at Kurashiki

Touring the streets of Kurashiki, it was notably praiseworthy to find that not only were the “front of the house” tourist paths clean, so were out of the way “corridors.” It was so refreshing and admirable. It’s the same feeling I get when I go to a restaurant’s powder room and it has been cleaned…

Bikan Historical Quarter, Kurashiki

Sword-wielding samurai’s used to tread these Kurashiki streets back in the Edo period when the Shogunate controlled this port town whose canal was the main thoroughfare for transporting goods to and fro. The Bikan Historical Quarter has been recognized as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, its storehouses made characteristically with white walls…

Kurashiki Handcrafted Gift

The lady vendor by the canal asked for my hand, right after I bought a small hair stick. Romantic right? She was assessing the diameter of my ring finger and right then and there made a small matching ring as my gift! . Reminds me of when we receive Jesus into our hearts, we get…

Wabi-Sabi: Beauty in Imperfection

Love this beauty concept: Wabi-sabi (侘寂) -Japanese lifestyle of “finding beauty in the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay; Beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete; includes asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.” … How very…