Stone monuments in Gion, Kyoto cemetery

Honoring family

I was fortunate to experience Japan during the Obon festival in July. During Obon many Japanese return to their hometowns to honor their ancestors. While that meant I ran into a few shops and attractions that were closed for the holiday, I also got to see lots of people dressed in yukatas (summer kimonos) and …

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Blessing of the Pets

Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi in the United States. Because St. Francis of Assisi is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment, pets are often brought to church and given a blessing on this day. In Québec City, the Saint-Roch Church features a gold statue of Saint Roch and his dog. …

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Wordless Wednesday: Rio drummers drumming