three shrines

Mipha: “Myahm Agana Apparatus”? What kind of puzzle would this be?
Revali: Another simple puzzle perhaps. Or maybe we will finally have a challenge.
Link: *interacts with the pedestal*
Revali: Oh? Seems you are controlling the position with the slate to roll the ball out of the maze? Neat.
Urbosa: Reminds me of a labyrinth game I played as a child.
Revali: Link! The ball fell off! It’s not that hard!
Daruk: Revali, it’s a new puzzle. Let him get a hang of it.
Revali: I can do it in no time!
Link: *Hands him the slate*
Revali: I’m a ghost you idio-Oh…I can hold it. WELL how fortunate! I will now show you how it’s done.
~some time later~
Revali: Come on…come on….COME ON!
Mipha: Maybe you should take a break.

anonymous asked:

How devastating do you think an Up AU would be for viktuuri ft yurio? I made myself cry fantasizing about this.

yeah i’ve had a chilled bottle of cream soda so, fine, ok, let’s do it

[clears throat] the not-so-up au 

- victor is notoriously well-travelled, famous for his fine documention of every trip he’s taken; every piece he writes launches a location into a tourist-crazy hotspot
- yuuri lives in the humble sea town of hasetsu and works at his family’s yutopia, its last remaining hot spring
- he reads everything victor writes and always finds himself staring out to ocean outside hasetsu, longing to visit the places he’s been. follows his social media, follows the shadow of a poodle accompanying his every step
- he /wants/ to leave, but he /can’t/—not when his family needs him, not when every passing season threatens their business to go under
- it’s a silly project. small. something to pass the time. something that gives him a different reality to fantasize about where he could be someone like victor nikiforov, someone who can write a place to life; he writes his own lone blog post about hasetsu with the voice of someone who doesn’t have access to the rest of the world, doesn’t possess an RSVP—so instead he offers his own invitation
- and victor finds it
- and victor answers it
- and yuuri, hesitantly, plays tour guide at his request
- “this is a popular hiking trail,” he says, even though ‘popular’ in hasetsu really just means ‘this is a good and convenient rendezvous point for when you’ve made plans with someone’
- “but my favorite part,” he continues, voice tinged with excitement, shy and flushing, “is off-trail, right here… it’s… you go off of here, see, um. come with me?”
- victor smiles at him and slips a hand into his, fingers firmly laced together and the skin of their palms grazing each other. “show me,” he says eagerly.
- and yuuri does, he shows him the quiet bluff of a cliff that has the best sunset view hasetsu has to offer, he shows him the best trees to lay in the shade under, the best spot for crunchy hot karaage to eat while walking around town, the udon place he always finds himself at when it’s still too early for him to be suffering a hangover but too late for him to still be drunk—yuuri can’t show victor the world because he’s already seen it, but yuuri can show him /his/ world and every place he’s sought solace in whenever he couldn’t quite find himself
- victor promises to return the favor, anyhow
- years later, yuri plisetsky knocks at their door, brash and loud and demanding
- he holds up a magazine cutout. “page thirty-six. you made a list of all the places you were supposed to go next. you stopped at number sixty-two then disappeared, and what the fuck? i have a school project on you and—”
- “i don’t do that anymore,” victor says brusquely. “do your report on someone else.” he shuts the door.
- he shut the door? yuri’s eyes flash with anger. “not so fucking fast, old man,” he yells, fists punching against the heavy wood with renewed passion.
- he gets tired, eventually, and just… sleeps right there. curled up on top of his backpack with rage-fueled dreams of a man crying on his knees and yakov grudgingly giving him an A-plus on a job well done.
- he wakes to a group of suits standing above him, yelling at the door about lacking revenue and an expiring contract. yuri notices, then, the sign of the onsen before it’s plastered over with a courtesy notice and a realtor’s business card
- this time, when he knocks, the door opens
- it’s a mess inside, papers scattered everywhere; more courtesy notices, a postcard from someone named mari, and in the corner sit three shrines, no wait, four—there’s a smaller one devoted to a tiny toy poodle
- and in the middle of the room, sitting alone on a long table meant to accommodate eighteen, sits victor nikiforov and yuri’s /expecting/ him to look resigned and weary after the verbal beating he’s just taken, but he’s mostly just annoyed as he drinks from an expensive bottle of champagne and pets at a large dog in his lap
- “they always do that, don’t mind them,” victor says with a roll of his eyes
- “don’t mind… the important-looking people in the suits?” yuri asks. he sits down across from him, gestures for the bottle of champagne.
“you’re hardly of age,” victor muses.
“i’m not—i don’t want a drink, you moron,” yuri hisses. “hand it over.”
he takes the bottle and dumps its contents into the dying house plant on the wall next to him. 
victor starts, “what are you—”
“you’re a fucking mess. get up. we’re cleaning.”
“fuck you, you’re twelve.”
“fuck you.”
they clean.
- later, yuri drums his fingers against the dinner table impatiently while victor cooks up a stir-fry. “you need to get your life together. this place is about to go under.”
victor sets a plate in front of him. “shut up and eat.”
- victor can’t leave, he finds out. victor doesn’t necessarily tell him he can’t leave, but yuri knows, anyway. his globe-trotting list will be stuck eternally at number sixty-two.
- “for your project,” is the only thing victor says after a full week of cleaning, running, meetings, endless meetings with the suits—and three actual meals a day. it’s a worn scrapbook signed YK and it’s filled with places, not from around the world, not from places like jakarta or rio de janeiro like numbers sixty-three through nine-eight had promised; they’re from right here in hasetsu

A Typical Day with Kami Siblings

(( @occasionalforcesofnature ))

“You think that was the place?” the Tornadus asked, concerning the building the trio had spotted among the mountains on their way over the small village near their destination. He came up along side his brother as they drifted towards the ground near the old abundant shrine. Jasper nodded, letting his gaze shift from the building to the dark skies above. Something felt off about this storm, it did not feel like a naturally occurring one; Coro and Amaya agreed on his musings earlier as they crossed over from the light fluffy clouds to the looming black ones. Jasper scanned the skies for his draconic sister, tying his loose hair up as he did his usual way. She insisted on observing the storm’s pattern while Jasper headed down and away from the heavily moistened clouds, to get a feel for it after the siblings had confirmed they sensed that it was the work of their kind not just doing their job. Once she was on the ground and in her usual form again the three legends began their walk to the other trio’s shrine. 

“I do hope we have not stumbled into some serious matters coming here.” she muttered to herself, and her brothers glanced at each other at the thought of getting in the middle of a fight between other legends. Upon climbing atop the raised land the siblings indeed saw a larger shrine, and three Kami amidst the ruckus taking place.

okay, this rec list is already huge (like, really, really huge? i’m including as many ships as i can think of, and there’s… there’s a lot… uh… more than… ten (a lot more than ten, probably closer to Regretting My Choices)), and so this post is huge. so, i’m thinking, i’ll just release it one ship at a time? that’s still going to take forever, but like… that way, it all gets… posted. instead of sitting in my drafts like the rest of my things (like the massive trivia post, which is fucking massive but unfinished).

or maybe just… one person at a time? so all the ships that involve kasuka in one post? idk what’ll be easier to read, but i’ll figure it out (lemme know if anyone has a preference)

also, in other news, there are like, three writers who are totally carrying this fandom when it comes to the debt collector trio and the raira trio (and @lua-russo is a fic writing machine who wrote so much femslash and s;hdjsdgldkhSDFHfg) and i’m pretty sure those three actually all prefer baccano, sO


Dark Side Pilgrims?

Now this is interesting. Apparently some Force-worshipping pilgrims to Jedha wear red, burka-like shrouds that bear a strong resemblance to the red-robed “Imperial Royal Guards” seen in Return of the Jedi. The resemblance is almost certainly intentional, even if Lucasfilm hasn’t decided what it all means.

Let’s start with what we can reasonably infer. If they’re pilgrims, they’ve traveled to Jedha from another world for religious reasons. The only other Force-worshiper we know of in this time period—Chirrut—doesn’t wear such garb. (Chirrut and his pal Baze are apparently from Jedha, itself, and are not on a pilgrimage.) Unless the shrouds are everyday clothing on their planet (which seems impractical, given that the shrouds even cover the hands and fingers), we can assume the garments have some sacred purpose. They’re the space opera version of the irham worn during a hajj to Mecca. In fact, a quick search revealed similar clothing worn by Christian pilgrims in medieval Europe, as well as a striking outfit still worn by Japanese pilgrims (pictured above) while hiking to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano, a Shinto tradition. Note that each tradition settled on loose-fitting robes and/or a walking stick as part of their ensemble.

Since we’re assuming the similarity between the Jedha pilgrims and the Emperor’s guards is intentional, it’s only natural to ask whether they’re adherents of the Dark Side. If they were, there’s no reason they couldn’t share the same holy sites as people like Chirrut, Lor San Teka, and Maz. Although a Jedi Knight must eschew the darkness, an unpowered person might be able to safely ponder its mysteries while still leading a normal life. If the Force is like the Dao, or like the Hindu Brahman, then the Dark Side would be essential to the entire belief system. For example, in Hinduism one of the principal aspects of God is the beautiful and fearsome warrior Kāli, who represents the most powerful, dreadful, and essential of forces—time. Not just time in general, but time that brings death and total collapse. As best I can tell, Kāli represents cleansing destruction. She wears a necklace of human heads and a skirt of human limbs and shrieks with mindless fury. Yet She is nonetheless the “mother of all,” and protector of the righteous. The Mahanirvana-tantra describes the paradox beautifully:

Because Thou devourest time itself, Thou art Kāli, the original form of all things … Re-assuming after Dissolution Thine own form, dark and formless, Thou alone remainest as One, ineffable and inconceivable… Thou art the Beginning of all, Creatrix, Protectress, and Destructress that Thou art.

To the western mindset, Kāli seems almost satanic. (That’s how Her worshippers were cartoonishly portrayed in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.) But She is worshipped and revered by all Hindus — even adored in some places. There are entire sects of Hinduism devoted to Kāli. She’s like the lightning that sparks a forest fire, burning up dead growth and fertilizing the earth so new plants can sprout.

Any believer in the Force would have to acknowledge that the mystical energy field lends its power to good and evil alike. On a certain level, the Force transcends morality. If there are Dark Side pilgrims on Jedha, true believers would have to welcome them.

notes on the mistress of the labyrinth

Attempting to present a picture of a deity from Minoan Crete is a bit like wandering into a mysterious labyrinth and confidently declaring that you know what lies in wait at the center. It’s a fool’s game at worst, a risky and fumbling endeavor at best.

But I have my marching orders. For the past two months, Dionysos has been lending me his power and character for a project of my personal faith. Now he’s calling in his favor. In return for his patronage, I owe him a reconstruction of his wife. So into the labyrinth I go, in search of its mistress.

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aklutzypenguin  asked:

When you think you're surprising @stennnn06 with a new Katie McGrath photo but she already has three memes, one shrine, and a picture slide show accompanied by soothing background music already blogged

LMAOOOOOOO awwww you tried 😍😘

The Calendar of Karyukai Celebrations

On the 11th Day of Fun I present… a calendar! Every time there’s a new even going on there’s always questions about what it is and why it’s happening, so to save some time he’s a handy chart of who celebrates what and when.


Shin Aisatsu (新挨拶) - First greetings of the new year. All maiko and geiko dress in kuromontsuki and pay their respects to the local okiya and ochaya.
Kamishichiken: January 4th
Pontocho: January 4th
Miyagawa Cho: January 5th
Gion Higashi: January 6th
Gion Kobu: January 7th

Shigyōshiki (始業式) - Commencement ceremony for the new year. The most popular maiko and geiko are given awards as are the most studious.
Gion Kobu, Pontocho, Miyagawa Cho, Gion Higashi: January 7th
Kamishichiken: January 9th

Hatsu Ebisu (初ゑびす) - Maiko hand out lucky bamboo at the Ebisu Shrine.
Gion Kobu and Miyagawa Cho: January 11th

Hatsuyori (初寄り) - Formal New Year’s greetings by maiko and geiko. All will be dressed in iromontsuki and pay their respects to the establishments in their neighbourhood
Gion Kobu: January 13th

Setsubun (節分) - Traditional start of the lunar new year celebrated on fixed days (February 2nd-4th). Maiko and geiko will perform at their local shrines and toss out packages of lucky beans after their performance
Gion Kobu, Pontocho, Miyagawa Cho, Gion Higashi: Yasaka Shrine
Kamishichiken: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Miyagawa Cho: 5 Maiko in Kuromontsuki - February 2nd
Pontocho: 2 Maiko - February 2nd
Gion Kobu: 3 Senior Maiko - February 3rd
Gion Higashi: 5 Maiko - February 3rd
Kamishichiken: 4 Maiko, 2 Geiko - February 3rd

Obake (お化け) - Similar to Western Halloween, geiko dress up and perform skits for their customers. The costumes were originally meant to confuse spirits.
All Hanamachi: February 2nd-4th

Baikasai (梅花祭) - The plum festival at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Maiko and geiko will hold a special outdoor tea ceremony.
Kamishichiken: February 25th

Hina Nagashi (雛流し) - Girls’ Day festival at Shimogamo Shrine. Three maiko will say a prayer and set small floating baskets onto the river. 
Miyagawa Cho: March 3rd 

Higashiyama Hanatōro (東山花灯路) - Spring dedication dances by two maiko at Yasaka Shrine.
Gion Kobu: March 13th
Kamishichiken: March 14th
Pontocho: March 15th
Miyagawa Cho: March 20th
Gion Higashi: March 21st

Oishi Ki (大石忌) - Maiko and geiko gather at the Ichiriki to pay tribute to Oishi, leader of the 47 Ronin, who plotted his revenge at the ochaya. Yachiyo Inoue will perform a special dance.
Gion Kobu: March 20th 

Kitano Odori (北野をどり) - Annual spring dance by the maiko and geiko of Kamishichiken at the Kamishichiken Kaburenjo. Runs March 25th to April 7th.

Gion Shirakawa Yoizakura  (祇園白川酔桜) - Two maiko or a maiko and geiko are chosen to pose for photographs in front of the cherry blossoms along the Shirakawa River.
Gion Kobu, Miyagawa Cho, and Gion Higashi: March 31st and April 1st

Miyako Odori (都をどり) - Annual spring dance by the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu. Runs April 1st to 30th at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo. In 2017 it will be at the Shunjuza and will run from April 1st to 23rd with no performances on April 10th or 17th due to renovations at the kaburenjo.

Kyō Odori (京をどり) - Annual spring dance by the maiko and geiko of Miyagawa Cho at the Miyagawa Kaburenjo. Runs April 1st to 20th.

Reitaisai Hono Būyo Matsuri (平安神宮例大祭奉納舞踊) - Dedication dances at the Heian Shrine on April 16th.
Gion Kobu: 2 or 3 Maiko
Pontocho: 2 Maiko
Miyagawa Cho: 5 Maiko
Gion Higashi: 4 Maiko

Oreimairi (お礼参り) - Giving thanks at a local shrine after the completion of an odori. 
Kamishichiken: April 8th
Miyagawa Cho: April 21st

Miyako Odori Shūryō Hōgoku Matsuri (都をどり終了奉告祭) - Maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu giving thanks for a successful odori.
Gion Kobu: May 1st

Kamogawa Odori (鴨川をどり) - Annual spring dance by the maiko and geiko of Pontocho at the Pontocho Kaburenjo. Runs from May 1st to 24th.

Kanki Inari Shrine Blessing (観亀稲荷神社例祭) - Maiko and geiko pray for continued blessings and serve sake at the Kanki Inari Shrine.
Gion Higashi: May 13th.

Oreimairi (お礼参り) - Pontocho maiko and geiko give thanks after the Kamogawa Odori on May 25th.

Gion Hojoe Festival (祇園放生会) - Two maiko release fish into the Shirakawa River from the Tatsumi Bridge to show appreciation for all life.
Gion Kobu: June 3rd

Miyako No Nigiwai (都の賑わい) - Joint performance of all five kagai on June 23rd and 24th.

Gion Matsuri (祇園祭) - Massive festival where the gods who are enshrined at the Yasaka Shrine are brought out to celebrate with the people. Runs from July 1st to 24th and has various events during this period.

Miyabi Kai (みやび会)
- All maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu dress in identical yukata and pray at the Yasaka Shrine with their dance teachers for continued success.
Gion Kobu: July 7th

Hanagasa Junko (花笠巡行) - Maiko and geiko attend a parade at the end of the Gion Matsuri where they will perform at the shrine upon the commencement of the parade.
Gion Higashi Maiko and Pontocho Geiko: July 24th (Rotating Years)
Gion Kobu Maiko and Miyagawa Cho Maiko: July 24th (Rotating Years)

Yukata Kai (ゆかた会) - Maiko and geiko perform with musical instruments or vocal accompaniments while wearing yukata.
Miyagawa Cho: July 15th
Gion Higashi: July 31st

Hassaku (八朔) - Maiko and geiko pay respects to their teachers and local establishments. Gion Kobu maiko and geiko will dress in kuromontsuki while all other districts will wear casual komon or iromuji.
All Kagai: August 1st

Takasegawa Boat Festival (高瀬川舟まつり) - Two maiko participate in a blessing for the boats that traverse the Takasegawa Canal and perform a tea ceremony afterwards.
Pontocho: September 22nd or 23rd

Onshūkai (温習会) - Annual fall dance by the maiko and geiko of Gion Kobu at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo from October 1st to 6th.

Zuiki Matsuri (ずいき祭) - Maiko and geiko stand outside of their okiya to watch the procession of the Zuiki Matsuri parade.
Kamishichiken: October 4th

Mizuekai (みずゑ会) - Annual fall dance by the maiko and geiko of Miyagawa Cho at the Miyagawa Kaburenjo from October 6th to 9th.

Kotobukai (寿会) - Annual fall dance by the maiko and geiko of Kamishichiken at the Kamishichiken Kaburenjo from October 8th to 12th.

Jidai Matsuri (時代祭) - Maiko and geiko from two different kagai participate on a rotating basis in a festival that celebrates the 1,300 year history of the people and costumes of Japan.
Rotating Kagai: October 22nd

Suimeikai (水明会) - Annual fall dance by the maiko and geiko of Pontocho at the Pontocho Kaburenjo from October 27th to 30th.

Gion Odori (祇園をどり) - Annual dance by the maiko and geiko of Gion Higashi at the Gion Higashi Kaburenjo from November 1st to 10th. 

Nishijin Obi and Kimono Festival (きもので集う園遊会) - Maiko and geiko hold an outdoor tea ceremony at the Kamigamo Shrine to celebrate the beautiful works of the Nishijin Weaving District.
Kamishichiken: November 3rd

Kanikakunisai (かにかくに祭) - A geiko and three maiko will offer flowers in front of the monument inscribed with the poem “Kanikakuni” by Isamu Yoshi.
Gion Kobu: November 8th

Gion Kouta Festival (祇園小唄祭) - Two maiko offer flowers and recite the Gion Kouta in front of a monument in Maruyama Park.
All Kagai: November 23rd

Kaomise Soken (顔見世素見) - Maiko and geiko view the first performances of the kabuki year at the Minamiza Theatre.
All Kagai: December 1st to 5th (Rotating Schedule) 

Kotohajime (事始め) - Maiko and geiko visit their dance teachers and offer them new year’s gifts while receiving a new fan.
All Kagai: December 13th.

Okotosan (お事多うさん) - Maiko and geiko will go around to various ochaya and say “Okotosandesu!” at the entrance and are greeted by the okasan and given pink and white kusudama.
Gion Kobu and Miyagawa Cho: December 30th

Okera Mairi (おけら詣り) - Maiko and geiko will light a special rope with the flame from the okerabi and bring it back to their homes for luck in the new year.
Gion Kobu and Miyagawa Cho: December 31st

Edit: This list is now available in its own tab called “Calendar of Events

Love Live! week 2015
 ↳ Day 2: Future + 1st Years

“But I’m sure if we’re together we can enjoy anything!” - Hello, Hoshi o Kazoete
(designs are from my old pic for Maki’s b-day)


Exit Stage Right by Jake Jung
Via Flickr:
Note: this photo is available for licensing in Getty Images’ Flickr collection. (The link is on the bottom right of this page.)

A day or two later, Ray arose with the rest of us in the small hours so that we could reach Agra in time to see the Taj Mahal in the roseate light of dawn. An image I shall never forget is that of Antonioni and Kurosawa accompanying him around the shrine—three of the cinema’s great masters laughing and chatting informally. Ray gave off an intense self-confidence without seeming in the slightest degree arrogant or complacent. Never sentimental, he probably agreed with the king in The Chess Players, who says that “nothing but poetry and music should bring tears to a man’s eyes.” While in Agra, he told Kurosawa about a huge tree in India that measured almost one mile in girth. Much later, Kurosawa wrote to him, reminding him of that incident and saying, “I have always felt from the first time I met you that you are the kind of man who is like a huge tree. A great tree in the woods in India.”

Flashback: Satyajit Ray by Peter Cowie


Kumano Kodo Part 1

Smack on, on the day the rainy season officially started in Japan (this is always - typically orderly, regulated Japan - announced on national television), we were headed for Kumano Kodo. I do seem out of the luck with this place, having had to cancel my first attempt to the holy mountains of the Shinto religion last December, because rare snowfall made many of the mountain roads impassable. So we were in for 3 days of very gloomy weather (albeit with comfortable May temperatures, mostly above 20 degrees even in the evenings), which, once you had gotten over being soaked by the never ceasing rainfall (or staying in the car taking nap while waiting for it to stop) made this already fascinating corner of Japan, with it’s lonely dark pine forests, even more mythical.

If you start out at the entrance to the Dahongpao scenic area and follow the trail all the way to the end you get to a place called Water Curtain Cave. The “cave” is really just a ledge with an overhang above from which a wide curtain of water is constantly falling.

On the ledge is situated a memorial shrine for three learned men associated with the area, Liu Zihui, Zhu Xi and Liu Fu, of which Zhu Xi is of particular note.