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The people of Nishinoshima construct great Shaara-bune straw "spirit ships" with a coiled prow ornament representing an elephant trunk (Buddhist symbols) for the send-off (of spirits) rite on last day of O-bon. Kids prepare thousands of little paper prayer flags which they carry around from house to house to be inscribed to Buddha. Kids are rewarded by sweets at the homes memorializing the first Bon after a death. These so-called tsuzuki-bata are strung together and suspended to simulate…

A giant Kokeshi doll!

Inari Shrine, Kyoto I love this one. Some of my favorite places to visit & photograph are Shinto and Buddhist shrines. So beautiful. ~ Image from: http://www.tinytoadstool.com/top.html

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wonderful Nepal http://www.travelandtransitions.com/destinations/destination-advice/asia/

Prayer wheel, Jokhang Temple/Qokang Monastery, Barkhor Square in Lhasa, Tibet √