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.
I wish there had been a person here so you could see how low this gate actually is. When I stood directly in front of the gate, I could see over the top of the little roof that covers it. Many gates, particularly in traditional walls are very low. I believe that the main purpose is Buddhist, to force the person into a state of awareness. This is the same as the walkways in Japanese gardens that are made from irregular stones, again forcing the person to pay attention to the present. One additional point with the low gates is that back in the age of continuous fighting throughout the country, a low gate put the invader at a distinct disadvantage when carrying a sword of spear.
I came to the river and started following a very wide sidewalk. The sidewalk was wider than the water in the river.