Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art

I saw this sunflower papier-mâché prop in the window walking in Osaka, Japan one day. I loved its originality and the black-and-white newspapers with  politicians' photos in the center. I almost walked on by, but I'm glad I didn't. Sometimes it's the little things that turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful.   This photograph … Continue reading Sunflower Mâché — Photo Art

Co-existence – When Art and Global Collaboration Meet

Maria Papatzelou and Jagoda Kalliarekou One of my great joys has been to be a part of a wonderful collaborative group of global artists, writers and thinkers that are producing some amazing projects. I've been exited to share news of the Major Group Exhibition in Kyoto, Haiku books as well as art and haiku books, … Continue reading Co-existence – When Art and Global Collaboration Meet

熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原

The Oyunohara (大斎原) Otorii Gate, the largest of the Kumano Kodo sanzan. Before 1889, 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō pilgrims arriving at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine visited its original site of Oyunohara 大斎原, an island located at the fork of the Iwata River and the Otonashi River in Tanabe, Wakayama. Instead of Misogi, 禊 a Japanese Shinto practice of … Continue reading 熊野古道, Kumano Kodō: Oyunohara 大斎原

Walking the Kumano Kodō 熊野古道- Kumano Hongū Taisha 熊野本宮大社-

Walking the Kumano Kodo beings at 熊野本宮大社, Kumano Hongū Taisha. It serves as the head shrine of more than 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan and is part of the san-zen - three famous shrines that cover the route. Hongu Taisha enshrines its own deity and the deities of the other two Kumano shrines, Hayatama Taisha, Nachi Taisha, as well asthe sun goddess Amaterasu.