It seems appropriate to be writing of this first spirit as snowflakes are currently swirling around my house. The cold, whiteness outside does seem magical to a Southern girl like me and I can start to understand why stories like the one I am writing about came to be. While I don't think I will be visited by any spirits in this storm (or the one that may come next weekend), this storm is setting the correct mood for this topic. Before I continue, go grab something warm to drink like coffee or hot chocolate. Yuki-Onna may be returning today and I would hate for you to freeze while you were reading this post about her.
When I planned this week's theme, I had no idea that ironically this week our town would be covered in snow. This week our area received 8 inches of snow. It has definitely made things interesting.
For those of y'all who don't know what Mercury Retrograde is, let me explain what this frustrating time is. A couple of times a year for 3.5 weeks at a time, Mercury will appear to go backwards in the sky. It's not really going backwards. That's just an illusion as it hurries past Earth. During those 3.5 weeks, it feels like anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Electronics will suddenly break, miscommunications happen easily, and agreements fall through. It seems like while Mercury Retrograde is going on Murphy's Law is the law of the land. During a retrograde, you shouldn't buy new electronics, enter into any new agreements, travel, move, start a new job, or basically anything.
About half an hour from Fukuoka is Nanzo-in Temple. Nanzo-in Temple is the home of the reclining Buddha. I've been wanting to see it in person for a while and figured since we were in Fukuoka we should take the detour to go visit it. Even though I had looked online about this temple often, I didn't know there was more to it than just the reclining Buddha. I also didn't know it was halfway up a mountain. We had quite a few surprises waiting for us.