One of the things I loved the most about Nikko was the Jizo statues in a snowy (and kind of lonely) road.

The Jizo statue is a representation of bodhisattva Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of travellers, but also children and mothers. They have red bonnets and scarves offered by people so they don’t feel cold, and bibs so they don’t get dirty with the food offerings.

I loved the way they look and it amazed me how even with the statue reduced to pebbles, the bonnet and the scarf was still there, meaning someone kept putting it there, no matter how much time has passed.

They all looked different, some relaxed, some with a shy smile, some even seemed worried about something.

In the woods

Even though I love big cities and hectic places, sometimes I feel the need to escape of it all and run away to the mountains, to charge my batteries and just feeling the breeze and listening to the trees rustling.

There’s a place that feels magical, a hidden treasure into the woods, with temples, jizo statues and a calm that seems incredible to find. It’s Nikko.

I wish I could be there …

Heat heat heat

I like summer: the incredible amount of light, the beautiful happy dresses, the sunsets… excepting that I hate summer. I hate the heat of Madrid, the endless days of heat waves and not being able to rest at night or being just extremely tired all the time. I just ask for a few rainy days, a bit of cooler temperatures, nothing more.

To ease this suffocating heat I tried to remember the snow and cold from Nikko, Japan. It didn’t work.

Me gusta el verano: la cantidad de luz, los vestidos bonitos, las puestas de sol… salvo porque odio el verano. Odio el calor de Madrid, los días interminables de olas de calor y no ser capaz de descansar por la noche o estar siempre exhausta. Sólo pido unos días lluviosos, un poco de fresco, nada más.

Para aliviar un poco este asfixiante calor intenté recordar la nieve y el frío de Nikko, en Japón. No funcionó.



Some photos of Nikko to refresh a bit this (horrible) heat wave (40ºC in Madrid today!!)

Un par de fotos de Nikko para refrescar esta (horrible) ola de calor (¡40ºC en Madrid hoy!)

Sanbiki no saru

Or the Three Wise Monkeys of Buddhism. They are in Toshôgû Shrine in Nikko, about an hour from Tokyo by train, an incredible place in the woods so beautiful and peaceful. These little monkeys are known in Japanese as Sanbiki no saru 三匹の猿 and they embody the principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” (Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru in that order)

Sanbiki no saru

O los Tres Monos Sabios del Budismo. Están en el templo Toshôgû en Nikko, a una hora de Tokyo en tren, un lugar increíble en el bosque precioso y tranquilo. Estos monitos son conocidos en japonés como Sanbiki no saru三匹の猿 y juntos personifican el principio “no ver el mal, no oír el mal, no hablar el mal” (Mizaru, Kikazaru e Iwazaru en ese orden)