Few things inspire awe quite like a huge red otorii—especially this one at Usa Jingu Shrine at the entrance to northern Oita Prefecture's Kunisaki Peninsula ⛩🌳 Established in the 8th century, Usa Jingu is renowned for its unique assimilation of Shintoist and Buddhist elements - the first of its kind in Japan 🎌 As you wander about this shrine's expansive grounds and descend its stony steps, be sure to look out for examples of these two religions' fascinating synthesis 💫
Went full tourist mode and took lots of photos last weekend. 📷
(Actually just holding my camera right into the face of a tiny man here and he's trying to push the lens away. Can't unsee it now, can you? Me either.)
One of the most impressive castles in southern Scotland, Tantallon Castle is a large and once strong 14th-century courtyard castle. It consists of a massively thick 50 foot high curtain wall, blocking off a steep coastal promontory, the sea and the height of the cliffs defending the three other sides.
Pt. 4 of day two in Philadelphia. One of the places I was recommended to see was the Morris Aboretum since I love gardens. Everything was still patchy green and empty of buds so there wasn't much to see except for the bird nest installation and the few flower buds on the grass that popped out from the ground like the buttercups we have in Washington. I can't wait to come back here in September to see what it's like in full bloom.