Sunday, November 6, 2011
This postcard is of Galicnik, a small village in the western part of Macedonia. Ana mentioned it's well known for their Galichnik Wedding Festival, which is an annual event that takes place every July. Only a selected couple gets to celebrate this styled wedding each year by entering a contest.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The shrine is dedicated to the three daughters of Susano-o no Mikoto, Shinto deity of seas and storms and brother of the great sun deity, Amaterasu. Because the island itself has been considered sacred, in order to maintain its purity commoners were not allowed to set foot on Miyajima through much of its history. In order to allow pilgrims to approach, the shrine was built like a pier over the water, so that it appeared to float, separate from the land, and therefore existed in a liminal state between the sacred and the profane. The shrine's signature red entrance gate, or torii, was built over the water for much the same reason. Commoners had to steer their boats through the torii before approaching the shrine.
Retaining the purity of the shrine is so important that since 1878, no deaths or births have been permitted near the shrine.To this day, pregnant women are supposed to retreat to the mainland as the day of delivery approaches, as are terminally ill or the very elderly whose passing has become imminent. Burials on the island are still forbidden.P.S. I love the Hello Kitty stamp!! :) Thanks Chiaki!!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The upper portion of the tower contains two restaurants and a cafe, including a revolving restaurant which is located 190m from the ground, turning 360 degrees once every hour. There is also a brasserie style buffet located one floor above the main observatory level. It has three observation decks at different heights, each providing 360 degree views of the city. The main observation level at 186m has 38mm thick glass sections of flooring giving a view straight to the ground.The top observation deck labeled 'Skydeck' sits just below the main antenna at 220m and gives views of up to 82 km in the distance.
Another really cool feature about the Sky Tower is the different illuminations it has to promote different causes.
I love the stamps that were posted on this card. The All Blacks is the name of New Zealand's Rugby team. New Zealand is currently hosting the Rugby World Cup, and Maureen mentions that everyone is having a blast. I bet!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This temple was built in homage to the God of preserver (Wisnu), who rules over water, and here one finds a number of natural spring and waterspouts. The Balinese believe that water is one of the forces of life. The etymology of Gunung Kawi means a fabricated mountain. It lies west of Sebatu village, which is elovated and its name means slipping on a stone.