Friday, October 1, 2010


Last Sunday as we researched netbooks we heard eery chanting outside. We looked out and saw Shinto monks begging for alms.

Japan's like that. You're just plugging away on your superfast internet and then you hear the shrine bells toll or some monks chanting and you're reminded that while Japan is speeding towards the future, they're simultaneously preserving their ancient traditions.

(In case you're wondering what's behind the monks in the second picture, it's the covering for the outdoor pool at my school. I told you they hate the sun. Nah, actually, I think it's more for the noise factor.)

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