Ravenna's answer was to create a pond in the ancient crypt! Visitors to this old church can peak under the alter to find this goldfish pond, which is apparently visited by ducks sometimes too.
Bologna has some 40km of porticos in total, since while the other Italian cities banned them, Bologna made them compulsory. A great idea of you ask me, as they provide shelter from the elements - the scorching sun in summer and the rain or snow in winter. If you stand under the oldest portico in Bologna you can find a hidden secret - the story of the three arrows.
Two of the arrows can be seen in the photo below, can you find them? Took a lot of searching and a sore neck to spot them from the ground!
During an exploration by Martin and me in Higashine today we discovered an ancient and beautiful tree. The locals have propped up branches to aid the tree and to me it looked like an old man with a walking stick!
This huge zelkova tree is around 1,500 years old and a Designated National Monument in Japan. Natural wonders such as this are thought to be where Kami reside. Kami are natural spirits that are worshipped in the old Shinto religion of Japan. Elements found in nature, animals and sometimes those who have passed on, Kami are both revered and sometimes feared too. Rather than being separate to nature, Kami are the manifestation of the natural forces - both negative and positive. The specific Kami for trees are Kodama.
Here is the video of us by the tree:
And here is another video on Kodama:
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