Published: August 1st 2008July 31st 2008
at the entrance to the Hie Shrine
How glad to see the rain falling on the paddies after a long drought!
Your fortune: Excellent
You are coming back as if the rice plants returned to life again after the shower in the late summer. Always be honest and never speak ill of others. Be dilligent.
wish: It seems hard to be realied, but soon it will be realized with ease.
expected visitor: You can hear from him (or her). He (or she) will come soon.
missing thing: It can't be found
travel: Make plans carefully
business: It's high time to sell.
study: keep studying with confidence. You can make it.
speculation: Sell it now. You'll lose if you keep it
game and match: Be patient. You'll win.
love: Be faithful.
removal: At first it won't go so well as expected.
childbirth: Take care after birth.
illness: You'll get well.
marriage proposal: Don't be bewildered by what others do and say.
Well, thats all well and good, but what it really should have said is: While you loiter around the trees reading an oracle you just purchased from a vending machine you will be bitten all over your legs by hundreds of unidentifiable insects. These bites will bring you great pain and many hours of unhappiness, like the rice that suffers in the face of drought.
Now that would have been an oracle worth writing home about.
I was spending a lovely afternoon at Hie Shrine in Asakasa, it was very peaceful and quiet, and for the very first time I was the only person at a shrine in Japan, which kind of amazed me. Hie shrine has to be one of my favourites so far for a few reasons
- The lovely lady monks with their quiet manner and bright orange pants
- The escalator that brings you to the shrine (where the east meets the west)
- The collection of shrine chickens and roosters they have in a small cage next to the prayer/oracle area
- The prayer bell, which doesn't ring but gives a dull clanking noise like a rusty old truck changing gears on a dirt highway.
After leaving the shrine I made way my to Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi to meet Sanae for the outdoor cinema, which was completely lovely and would have been so very wonderful if they would have turned the sound up so I could actually hear the movie, or told the people at the outdoor cafe next to us to shut the hell up. But they didn't so I just settled back on my inflatable lounge and made myself happy watching (but not hearing) Juliette Binoche and Johnny Deppalicious work their magic through the film version of one of my all time favourite books, Chocolat.