Old Japanese inn in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto. The stickers are called Senja fuda, which means “one thousand shrine card” and they are often put on the gates of both temples and shrines by visitors to leave a record of their visit.
Sacred penises at the Awashima jinja in Wakayama. This shrine attracts many female visitors who come to pray
for safe childbirths, pregnancies, and cures for feminine troubles.
Bonsai plant in Showa Kinen Koen. Many of the plants in this lovely little bonsai garden are hundreds of years old and some are equisitely beautiful. There are also huge fields of flowers, a Japanese garden, and an incredible children’s playground. The children’s playground has giant, climbable dragon sculptures, rubber mountains for bouncing on, a water park, unicycle training area, and a “sea of mist”. The best time to see the flowers is late-April to early-May, but the park is enjoyable any time. It’s on the Chuo Line about 30 minutes from Shinjuku. Click here for the park’s website.
A month or so ago, I received some Matsuzaka beef as a present, and was surprised to get this certificate of authenticity with our meat. Not only did the certificate have information about the cow (whose name was Takako, by the way), but it also had information on her ancestors, going back to her great-grandfather.
1. Cow registration
2. Inspector’s name: Fukumi Okano
3. Takako’s nose print
4. Takako; birthday: Aug. 2, 2005
5. Father: Shigefuku
6. Mother: Takateru: 79.5 kg
7. Grandfather: Anpei
8. Grandfather: Takazakura
9. Great-grandfather: Yasujuku
Great-grandmother: Itohiro II