• Tanabata star festival
    Every Picture Tells A Story

    Every Picture: Tanabata

    This week’s picture was taken in Osaka, during the Tanabata light festival at Shitennoji Temple. Tanabata is one of my favourite festivals in Japan; it celebrates stars and light and has a romantic origin story. While I was writing this, it also reminded me of the story of The Little Prince (one of the only children’s books to make me bawl my eyes out) and I ended up included one of my favourite quotes.  A river of twinkling stars flowed over Hana’s head. Pink and purple streamers wafted gently in the nighttime breeze and she almost imagined she could hear the tinkling of bells somewhere nearby.  Only you will have…

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    Every Picture Tells A Story

    Every Picture: Matsushima Bay

    Welcome to the first in my 'Every Picture Tells A Story' series. I’ve travelled a lot and taken a lot of pictures of wonderful things. Why not turn those pictures into stories? Every week I’ll be sharing one of my pics along with a short description or short story to go with it. See a bit of the world with me and maybe it will inspire you to write too!