Speak No Evil

I was at Japan this week for work at Hyogo-ken and meetings at Tokyo. In my life I naturally follow the maxim of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,” but I did not realize the the three wise monkeys, or sanzaru, from which this saying was drawn are from this 17th century carving at the Toshogu shrine at Nikko.

Amidst the fine architecture and massive Cryptomeria trees, I was reminded very much of Oregon, and thus was able to brave a smile on this wet venture to the Toshogu shrine.

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