|A temple screen. Fish swim over the bridge for good fortune.|
There are many temples and gods in Japan, great trees are decorated with rope and the gateway to the many temples through which you enter takes you to a different realm.
Last night there was a shock, a private matter of one of the family who has taken a decision which was very surprising and sad. I lit candles as a vigil and also as a mark of respect.
I think belief is individual and that we accept whatever other people think is right for it is their decision.
The other day I had an email from Paul's cousin, to see how I was faring. In it he mentioned that he had an article about Paul's time in Japan. I remembered I had a similar article, but could not find it - despair. But then I carefully sifted through my bookcase and found it and one day I will copy it on to file to be read.
|A garden Boddhisattva|
You have refreshed my sense of good luck that I live in the middle of all this. I have reset great blocks of stone which were the portal between the Temple Precinct and the Great Bath, finding Celtic artefacts underneath it. I park my car on Walcot Street, and I often wonder what lies underneath it, like the body of Richard the Third in that car park.