Monday, August 29, 2005

Kobe


Hello to all! Sorry for the long delay in updating. I`ve been observing classes all week and settling into the new apartment. I`ll have some pictures of that place soon, when it doesn`t look like a bomb went off inside it (a bomb filled with tacky decorations). In the meantime, here`s some pictures from a jaunt to Kobe! This was about two weeks ago, when Jeff and I were still enjoying unemployed bliss. It rained all morning, so when we arrived, we made our way to a shrine near the train station. It was a really cool one: huge curved roofs, paper decorations and enormous gates. There was a naming ceremony going on at the time, kind of like a Buddhist baptism. That huge rope in front of the interior of the temple is attached to a giant bell, shaped like a bell you`d put on a cats collar. Here`s a shot of the prayer cards outside. You write a prayer on the back and hang it at the temple site. It looks like a lot of people are praying for cars. There were also some sweet looking lanterns. After the shrine, we took a cable car up the top of the mountain. Here`s a cool shot of the city. Can you believe this whole place was leveled by an earthquake less than ten years ago? Amazing. At the top of the mountain was a botanical garden park. It was really nice to walk around the plants (though they were mostly European). What a nice time! Thanks for all the comments, guys! It`s great to know people are actually checking the site. I love and miss you all!

2 Comments:

Blogger Kathy Bender said...

So happy to see the update! Loved the pictures of the the temple and all but particularly loved the two cuties with the sunflowers :-)You guys look so happy! Can't wait to see the apt. pix - can't imagine you have any tacky stuff!Love and hugs to you both!

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Auntie Shirley said...

Hi you two. I get all warm inside when I read your captions and see your pictures. Very funny about praying for cars. That temple was very cool. You do look great. I miss you. XXOO

4:56 AM  

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