Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kin Kannon Temple on New Year's Day 2013 (Photos)

Kin Kannon Temple in Okinawa, Japan is just one of the eight major shrines.

It would be nice to get photos from all of them on New Year's Day.

The year of the snake (2013) started already, by the Gregorian calendar.

But, the Lunar New Year (Chinese) isn't until February 10, 2013.

So, I may be able to catch a few of the other sites in the next couple of weeks.

This Buddhist Temple is within walking distance of my home.

There weren't too many people waiting to get in when I arrived.

That made it easy for me to move around and snap photos to show you.

There are all kinds of trinkets you can buy for good luck.

Some folks hang the gadgets on the rear view mirror of their car.

Other people tie the stuff to trees at the temple, along with their paper fortunes.

Here's a photo I shot, of a girl tying her fortune before I got permission.

The second photo, I took, after getting her mom's consent.

Neither of the photos will be sold but, I like the unauthorized (candid) shot better.

Model releases are required in this business, especially for minors.

When the lines leading into the temple started growing, it was time for me to leave.

Years ago, I learned, you aren't supposed to pass gas in church.

And, I figured this place was like a church, to some folks.

So, I hurried on out of there.


Muza-chan said...

I love Hello Kitty omamori :)

Unknown said...

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RyukyuMike said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment. That word verification gives me grief, too. Someday, the internet will catch-on and start using eyeball retina scans to prove we are humans and the dogs haven't swiped our laptops !

RyukyuMike said...

Maybe I can grab a Hello Kitty omamori for you during the Lunar New Year.