Happy New Year 2017

A statue of Jizo looks skyward in Kyoto
A statue of Jizo looks skyward in Kyoto

I discovered this unique statue of Jizo as I was wandering around northeast Kyoto one afternoon.

I was walking from one temple to another, and this smaller temple was in between. I poked my head inside and found Jizo, looking up at me and hamming it up for my camera.

It was an unexpected blessing.

I hope you encounter many unexpected blessings, much laughter, and many adventures in 2017 and beyond.

Happy New Year, everyone!