Intl Saturdays 50: Make a wish…

While visiting the Shinto temples in Tokyo, I came across a lot of such paper strips located just outside the temples. I noticed a lot of people, selecting some bamboo stick which had some characters based on which they would select a strip of paper from a box – which had the same initials as those found on the bamboo stick. This strip of paper just like the strip of paper found inside a fortune cookie, would then tell the person of his fortune. The technical term for this custom is Omikuji.

Luck is classified into dai-ichi (great luck), kicki (good fortune), sho-kichi (middle good fortune) and kyo (bad luck). If you like your fortune you can keep it. If you don’t like it you can tie it to a branch on a tree on the shrine grounds. (Source: Shinto Shrines

If you may have noted, the International Saturdays series completes a half-century today. Two more and it will complete a year. I would also like to make a mental wish and tie it on that string:)

Take Care,
Ciao 

Intl Saturdays 47: The Golden Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

I may have seen endless number of Buddha statues, but this one was sheer magnificence! It’s not just the golden colour which gives it an air of regality, but it’s also the massive size, the intricate paintings depicting stories around its walls, the carvings on the bed on which the Buddha is reclining. Behind the statue, the are earthern pots in which people keep dropping coins which adds an element of divine sound to the whole temple. You can just look at the Buddha in nothing but awe.

Take Care,
Ciao

Intl Saturdays 25: Glimpses – Wat Arun

As you are crossing the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok to go Old Bangkok which houses the kings palace and a lot of temples also known as Wat’s, you come across these wonderfully architectured temples that take you back in time. This is what Wat Arun looked like as I was heading towards Old Bangkok. We shall go in next week.

Take Care,
Ciao

Intl Saturdays 12: The Temple Guard

While walking through the temples or Wats around Old Bangkok, you will come across a lot of these fierce looking temple guardians. I do not remember much about the significance of these figures, but i could definitely relate them to the Chinese warrior figures i had seen in the past. (Sorry, but this Thailand trip is a blur right now, except for some photographs that i have. Next time, if i get a chance to go there, i will be more thorough with my research;)

Take Care,
Ciao

Intl Saturdays 8: Long-Tail

Long tail boats are quite ubiquitous in Thailand. On the way to Old Bangkok which houses all the major temples, you will come across many of these colourful boats on the Chao Phraya river. Crossing this river while going towards those temple complexes, you can see the change from the glitzy and hedonistic Bangkok to the more traditional Old Bangkok.

Take Care,
Ciao