Tuesday, March 28, 2006

One more!

Finally, there's this little guy. It's possible that these two are guardians of the kami in the waterfall; I think we may have seen something like that at a Shinto temple somewhere. I could be wrong about that, though. Most of us in North America are quite accustomed to the idea of a God, or great spirit, or whatever we think of it as. This is a completely foreign idea here in Japan, and this sheds a very different light on the instructions that Yahweh God gave Moses about not serving other gods or worshipping carved images. In North America, we usually read that as a metaphor when we apply it to ourselves - that we must be careful not to prize things (money, career, even loved ones) above our God. That's all well and good, I suppose, but I think it's also good to realize that this is not a moot point all over the world. Posted by Picasa


Blogger Ben Wildeboer said...

It sounds similar to the native american belief in the spirits of the land & water...of course they did have a supreme god too.

Where exactly did you go camping? What was it called? Maybe we'll have to go camping when we're there!

3/28/2006 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Meika said...

Yeah, it does sound similar, doesn't it? We've talked about that, too. And walking through a place as beautiful as this, it's not hard to see how you would be so inspired - especially understanding how our Creator God's artistic fingerprints are everywhere! It's really amazing.

Anyway, we camped at a place called Inuyama, which apparently means "dog mountain." It's an area maybe thirty or forty minutes north of Nagoya. I think that camping sounds like a great idea! Do you think you can fit any of your gear into your luggage? We can share most things, but you might want your own tent or sleeping bags or something... :)

3/29/2006 11:41:00 PM  

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