aerial ropeways. In the spirit of traveling light, I looked for just a few souvenirs for myself.
The teacup (on the right) was purchased at an outdoor flea market at Kyoto's Toji temple.
And here is the stall where I found my cup.
A personal highlight of our time in Kyoto was being immersed in a city where so many artisans are making things, right there. The ceramicist who made the wares above was also manning the booth. There's something special about buying an object and getting to tell the person who made it - "I love it!"
Nishiki Market, a famous stretch of shops along a covered walkway in Kyoto. I saw it on a table and immediately felt it: this is the most special bowl here.
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.I didn't start this post thinking about Isaiah, but maybe there's a deeper reason this bowl and cup are striking a chord for me. I can't always see the beauty in each person, but if you look, we each bear evidence of a master potter's hand.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.