Manhattan has not yet been completely re-made with glassy new high rises and frat boys

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Manhattan is mostly unrecognizable from when I first visited in the 1970s as a child: the streetscape, the people, the sense of creativity and excitement are all different. I was relieved to see this neon-clad, “handmade” cigar shop wedged between patrol car and “reasonable rates” tax preparer.

Is this a fall offering at the shrine? I love the combination of potato and deep blue flower


This shrine offering seems the essence of fall. I’m probably off from the official symbolism, but the potato makes me think of warm soup and the tall blue rindou flower (scrabra in Latin) signals the start of fall.

This shrine, near Akebanabashi station, is wedged between a wide road and the Shuto elevated freeway.