amulet for a sarudoshi (one born in a Monkey year), from Tadou Taisha shrine, Mie Prefecture


Youkoso!   Welcome!

This site displays examples from around 400 Japanese calligraphy pages (goshuin,   御朱印). They were inscribed in my "red seal books" (shuinchou ), also called pilgrimage books (sampaichou), at various Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Japan from Kagoshima in the south to Wakkanai and Rishiri Island in the north.

Other albums now being shown are photos of Japanese traditional dance in New York City, some early 20th-century postcards, and one of my favorite monuments in Japan. There is also a page on Miyazawa Kenji, which is still in progress.
These pages do not require a Japanese font, but some of the links do open Japanese-language web pages. Such links are flagged with the character: .

Japanese kanji characters used on these pages will gradually be converted from images to Unicode (like the above example).

(See also some miscellaneous notes about browsing.)


small MIDI file: Mizu no inochi

MP3 file: Haru no yayoi (aka Etenraku imayou)

Odorou odorou "let's dance" — with friends in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Totems: fox, tiger, bear, rabbit.

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For recent photos, see 

Greetings for 2016

A Passing Haiku  

   With a seeming effortless rise from the bottom of the pond, to poke the top of his head quietly obve the surface, the frog projects an air of calm detachment. The spring evening will reveal a different side of his character.

    With the strength of non-attachment    rising up to the surface   —   a frog          toritsukamu   chikara de ukabu   kawazu kana     (Jousou, 1661-1704)

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