Been super busy this past week. I’ve been doing lots of things, meeting friends and blog readers, and generally getting lots of good photos, pamphlets and such. For this reason, I have totally fallen behind on the travel adventures, and I am heading back to Seattle tomorrow. So, I will have to finish typing them up when I get back and settled.
In the meantime, I wanted to share something amusing. My daughter comes with me on a lot of Buddhist temple visits, and she loves to put coins in the donation boxes or saisen bako (賽銭箱). They typically look like so:
So my daughter thought it would be fun to make one of her own:
This is a stool at my in-laws’ house with a Disney bucket underneath to collect the money. She called this her otera (お寺) or Buddhist temple. She insisted we put money in there because the Buddha was cold and needed a new jacket. Otherwise, he would get covered in snow. I think that idea was inspired by the famous story of “Hats for Jizo Bodhisattva” mentioned in this old post.
It’s funny how children perceive religion. 🙂
Update: my daughter already received ¥3000 in donations, mostly from her grandparents. 😉