Barbed wire outside a shichi-ya (質屋, pawnshop) in Imaizumi.
Every time I pass this pawnbroker I am reminded of a student of mine whose parents turned a boyfriend of hers down when he asked them for their daughter's hand in marriage. The boyfriend's family, which ran a pawnshop, stank of underworld connections and my father's student, a policeman no less, couldn't stomach the idea of his own family getting tangled up with them.
Disappointed, she eventually acquiesced and less than a year later she married a systems engineer.
An ivy-covered house in Kego. Makes you wonder (at least it does for me) whether the house would remain standing if all the ivy were removed.
The entrance to Daichôji, a small Buddhist temple in Maizuru.
The rusty hook and shutter of a shop in Kego.
The rainspout of an old house in Kego.
A small shrine at the end of a back alley in the rundown neighborhood of Jigyô.