Similarly to my post about the double rainbow, this happened a couple of weeks ago. I went to enjoy the latter part of the Gion Matsuri, one of the most famous and important festivals in Kyoto. At the Koiyama Float, I received a chimaki, generally, a kind of rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed, but here, a kind of talisman with a solemn feeling. The symbol of this float comes from a well-known legend from the ancient China. According to it, there was a torrent upstream of the Huang He River. If a carp succeeded to climb up this rapid flow, it would change into a dragon. A story of a carp becoming a dragon is very encouraging for me, mysterious and profound as well. For, my mother, my first calligraphy teacher and my valued friend are all born under the signof the dragon.
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