Blue valentine has landed on my blog 🥀
I wanted to show you a story of one of my favourite geisha - Teruha, the shining leaf.
She is someone I relate to so much. Her redemption, however, gives me strength and hope! 🌱🌿 I spent the whole Valentine’s Day for research and writing, it was definitely worth it. Hopefully, I will be able to visit Teruha’s temple someday and find more insights on her life and death.
Read the story on geishakai.pl
Another picture taken by James St. Vincent de Saumarez during his adventures in Meiji Period Japan.
Just like many modern travellers, he was fascinated with shrines and temples and visited many across the country.
However; unlike modern tourists, Baron de Saumarez was able to acquire a small, defunct temple, have it dismantled and shipped back to his home on the island of Guernsey (also my birthplace). Once back in Guernsey, they found that all the instructions to rebuild it were in Japanese which the local carpenters obviously couldn't understand. Undeterred, Baron de Saumarez arranged for several Japanese carpenters to come to Guernsey to rebuild the temple and a Japanese style house he had also purchased.
I doubt there is enough detail in the picture to properly identify this temple but I think it is a safe bet that it won't have changed much in the last 150 years.