Typical scenes in Japan 3



The Tokyo Budokan, where the 6th dan gradings were held.













Immediately after my grading but before I knew the result!











The neighbourhood I stayed in whilst in Tokyo, Ikebukuro.







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A shrine to Jizo Bosatsu, whom Buddhists believe helps the spirits of children who have died. Tradtionally, people wrap him up in bibs, woollen beanies, even coats and jackets!

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