Age

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May age weather you,
may moss spring from all your cracks,
you remain your own.

Lantern at Zuihoden Mausoleum, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture

Lantern at Zuihoden Mausoleum, Sendai

Homecoming

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The air fair crackles,
just as the earth in August;
spirits heading home.

View from Risshakuji temple, Yamagata Prefecture. The obon weekend is a busy time for travel, when people (and their ancestors’ spirits) visit household altars.