Thinking of Japan, while sitting in a Kyoto hotel... :) Bliss. A month since our trip and it is just sinking how fortunate and wonderful it was. To see a cultural and country so different from ones own is an opportunity to open many preconceived ideas in life in general. To have made this trip with my son a dream came true.
Japanese ceramic Okame mask. Okame , also known as Uzume or Otafuku is the name for the female half* of a traditional Japanese Kyogen theatre pair (see below to learn more about Kyogen ). She is considered to be the goddess of mirth and is frequently seen in Japanese art. Her full cheeks and merry eyes are an unforgettable sight and a delight to behold.