Respect the Aged

“On Monday we have a holiday because of the Respect for the Aged Day. The purpose of the holiday is self-explanatory; it is to respect the elderly and to celebrate longevity. In Japan, the influence of Confucianism from the ancient eras is still prominent, and it is embedded in the culture to pay respects to the elderly for their wisdom and longevity. It is believed that the Respect for the Aged Day originated when the ruler Shotoku-taishi set up a ‘nursing home’ on September 15th of 593 A.D.  for elders who were without family to care for them. On this holiday, families tend to go out for a nice meal or show their respects to the elderly by giving a massage. People who live away from their grandparents typically pay visits or call to say hi. ”

I feel pretty aged but no one came by to give me a massage.

I had intended a big, boat, diving, fishing day but the wind and weather were against it.

They also serve who only stand and wait.

They also serve who only stand and wait.

So I revert to my usual Okinawan pastime – rambling around looking at things.

Probably should have re-potted this.

Probably should have re-potted this.

No diving today

No diving today

Ten green bottles

Ten green bottles

Science fiction

Science fiction

Alien seed pod

Alien seed pod

Yay! Scaly Breasted Munia

Yay! Scaly Breasted Munia

Common Snipe

Common Snipe

Wood Sandpiper, I think.

Wood Sandpiper, I think.

Polly put the kettle on

Polly put the kettle on

My car

My car

So much to see.

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