Peace and gratitude from the surprisingly green Buddha.

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Ferry crewmate en route to Sado.

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Within Yumeimon Shrine, the white temple shines out strikingly against more familiar crimson gates.

Within Yumeimon Shrine, the white temple shines out strikingly against more familiar crimson gates.

 A shrine for children, red representing the color of the womb and placenta.

A shrine for children, red representing the color of the womb and placenta.

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Learning to loom at a young age, a yiung artisan is born.

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The crew of the ferry to Sado Island from Niigata. The tall man, second from right, is Toshi, who invited me up to the navigation deck to meet the crew. The captain, far left, called a cousin at the other port town, Ogi, and got me an invitation to stay at his guesthouse that night, out of the way of the latest typhoon rains. All done within a few hours aboard, to my utter surprise and gratitude.

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Naoto, a travelling buddy discovered in Akita, and who was good company for a few days, sleeping under the stars, talking about human truths, and finding awesome common ground. See you in Nara!

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Taking in the Sea of Japan.

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