This blog will continue show the photos that I take as I live and vacation in Japan. I particularly love to walk and have a strong interest in Buddhism and Shinto so I will be showing the temples, shrines and other interesting things that I discover.
I have lived in Japan since 1976 and now consider it to be my permanent home. I have a very varied background having studied engineering, Japanese and East Asian studies, and education at the university level. I spent ten years in the Army where my job involved Area Studies, mostly in East Asia. When I started to teach in Japan, it was at a post high school level and, after I completed a PhD in education, I moved to a university where I become a full professor. After retiring, I taught part-time but am now completely retired and spend my enjoying myself. I am reasonably fluent in Japanese and at present all of my friends are elderly Japanese.
Standing in line for the bus, myself and one other person making the line, I could see many places that I use frequently: on the far left you can see my dentist, the yellow sign shows where we stop for curry sometimes and where we buy our ground coffee, and on the second floor is my barber.
I rode the bus to Mirikaroden where I was going to have my exercise class. In the waiting area, they were having an exhibit of the masks that are used in classical Japanese theater. I think these came from both Noh and Kyogen. These two are the bad guys. You can tell because of the dark colors. The red faced one looks a lot like a Christian image of the devil.
These white faces are good guys. The one in the middle has a moveable jaw so that it can move while the actor is speaking.
These masks are considered very valuable and are passed down for hundreds of years, which explains the lack of paint. New masks are made but often they are copies of older ones.