This photo was made in Tokyo, Japan, on my first trip to that country in 2004. It's the bottom part of the 'kaminarimon' ("thunder and lighting gate") in the Asakusa section of Tokyo. Beyond it lies a souvenir shopping street, which is followed by Senso-ji, which is also known as the Asakusa Kanon Buddhist Temple and is dedicated to Kanon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy (and for whom Canon camera is named, I have read).
I had to stand there a while with my camera, waiting for just the right group of people to appear in the background out of focus, as I felt that the image needed a human element to it.
The main story I have to tell though, is about the inscription at the bottom of the gate in Chinese style kanji writing, which you can see here. As the gate lead ultimately to a Buddhist temple, I thought that the writing was some Buddhist philosophy, an example of the wisdom of the East.
However, when I showed it to a Chinese friend at work, he told me that it said something completely different. What did it say??? "Panasonic." (Well, technically, "Matsushita Denki," which is the parent company of Panasonic.)
Perhaps, though, that is a different kind of example of the wisdom of the East.