A picture, as the proverbial "they" assert, says a thousand words. Even if this isn't the case, I figured that it doesn't hurt to vary things a little. After all, as the proverbial "they" also have been known to state: variety is the spice of life. So in today's entry, here's going ahead and letting a few pictures -- specifically, a septet of photographs which I took on a trip to Japan earlier this year -- do much of the talking:-
Should there be people out there who think that the Japanese don't know how to party(!): Celebrations carry on into the night in Kokura, northern Kyushu, during a spirited taiko drumming matsuri (festival).
Alternatively, if peace, quiet and Zen serenity be what you seek, go ahead and make your way to the ancient temple town of Dazaifu's Komyozen-ji Temple to silently take in its seriously aesthetically pleasing contemplative garden.
Multiple torii (gates or gateways to Shinto shrines) at the Kushida-jinja, the Hakata area of Fukuoka's principal Shinto shrine.
One of many signposts that point visitors towards a more contemporary shrine, the wondrous Ghibli Museum in the leafy Tokyo suburb of Mitaka -- and who's that grinning chappie at the top of it, I wonder? :b
...where this tall figure stands guard! (For those unfamiliar with it, do go ahead and treat yourself to a viewing of Hayao Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky some time).