Some cool Water Purification images:
Image by istolethetv
Before entering a Shinto Shrine one usually performs a traditional hand and wmouth washing known as Temizu washing ritual: wash your left hand first, then your right, then rinse your mouth, (do not spit back into the water supply or drink), and sometimes your feet as well if needed. Tip the ladle backwards to wash the ladle handle with the remaining water and place opening down on the rack where you found it.
There were several people performing this ritual when I visited the Meiji Shrine by Harajuku, including this woman, who was performing the ritual for her plush friend, while taking pictures with her cell phone. I even saw her later in the day taking pictures of her friend in front of the shrine’s ema. I chalked this up to Japanese eccentricity. this is, after all, a country where people are known to have unusual relationships with inanimate objects. however when I asked our local chums about this, they all agreed that it wasn’t so much "eccentricity" as much as "that woman is crazy." anyone who agrees or disagrees or knows what the deal with that doll is, please feel free to share in the comments section.
Update: with a bit of e-sleuthing, i found out the little guy is Chupa Chuck. Chuck is the mascot for Chupa Chups lollipops, and a bit of an internet phenomenon. So, maybe this lady was trying to make some kind of tribute video or something with her phone? Or something? We may never know…
Update 2: crokittycats is amazing. See comments below.
Image by earth2marsh
"Healthy" water contains less than 500 fecal coliform bacteria per litre. The water of the Ganga (Ganges) in Varanasi measures 1.5 MILLION per litre! And yet people bathe in it every day to purify themselves.
On a boat this morning I saw two dolphins swimming. When Gondawanna land crashed into Asia, it created the Himalayas, and trapped dolphins at the same time. They adapted to the "fresh" waters.
Several minutes later the bloated corpse of an infant bobbed past, probably a case of female infanticide.
For me, India was like that. The most incredible and most disturbing things could happen at any time without warning. It is a country unlike any other.
Image by Shane Huang
Pumping water full of algae and leptosporosis through a filter that I trust to remove that kind of stuff.