For the week of #53, Patti asks us to look into detail.
The Nikko Toshogu Shrine with two other shrines are the Shrines and Temples of Nikko UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lavishly decorated shrine complex actually consists of more than a dozen other shrines.
Here you can get a close look of the details of wood carvings:
Details matter. They create depth, and depth creates authenticity.
~ Neil Blumenthal
This colorful and beautiful embroidered Kimono was displayed at a store in Kyoto. Notice each flower and leaf were stitched with various color shades. Amazing details.
I have never seen people paying this much attentions to details in preparing lunch boxes like Japanese do. This food store at the train station, for example, has many different kinds of lunch boxes for customer to choose. Food is careful packed in the box and pleasantly presented:
Ginza is the busiest shopping districts in Tokyo. A cleaning man was patiently mopping the side walk after washing it in the early morning on Saturday.
Small towns are just as clean as Ginza:
Shinkansen Express Rail travels at up to 320 kilometers per hour. As soon as passengers disembark, a rapid-action cleaning crew gets the train ready for its next run with military precision, completing the task in a few minutes.
Our express train (to Kyoto) took off precisely at 10:58 am at the Tokyo Train Station, as it was scheduled. Shinkansen is extremely efficient, the average delay is only 36 seconds! This tells us how much Japanese pay attention to details.
We took train to places in Japan and the experience is always pleasant. The local train (on the left) is just as detail clean and punctual as the express train (on the right):
“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”
~ Steve Jobs
Every single branch of this pine tree has been carefully trimmed, supported, and maintained over three hundreds years. Details matter.
We are grateful for your support and for all the kind wishes, and thoughtful comments and participates, that made our Lens Artists anniversary #53 a very special event.