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Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

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Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

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Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Japan Day Two:2

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可愛い

Kawaii

Cute!

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As I understand it, because of a high infant mortality rate in the past, in Japan, before the age of 3, a child is considered to be in another realm. Once they have survived 3 years they are welcomed into the realm of human existence on earth. They dress in kimonos and are given presents to wish them long life, health and good fortune.
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Many of them go to the shrines and temples for special ceremonies to celebrate with their families and are often attended by very proud grandparents.

For boys there is another ceremony when they are 5 and girls when they are 7.

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The kimonos are bought or hired for the occasion
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And they try to walk in the ridiculously difficult special wooden sandals.
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They seem very happy and proud to be photographed by anyone and everyone, 24little princes and princesses for the day.DSC_0033

Parting the crowds there were the occasional processions on their way to ceremonies in different parts of the shrine

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All looking very important in their ornately embroidered robes

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If I had had time to think, I would probably have written a prayerDSC_0041

and left my donation.

It all felt very busy and colourful and rather a lot to take in on the first day out and about in Tokyo.

Just a few shots of the architecture and a door carving and it was time to leaveDSC_0050 DSC_0052 DSC_0051 (1) DSC_0053

…..Off to see some shopping streets – similar to Carnaby Street in London we were told ……………