As we followed this Shinto monk down the Kyoto street, I couldn’t help but wonder what might be in his bag.  A life of simplicity surely might have room for something treasured–why not a book?  Books have always been my companion, on every journey. 

The sho-sho box is a traditional Japanese container for things that are precious.  This one contains a scroll which opens to reveal a quote reflecting on the importance of a book.

Photo credit: Rick Scobie

  1. Charcoal drawing 17 x 22

  2. Book structure: sho-sho box – chiyogami, cord, bead; scroll – washi, wooden dowels and finials, cord, ink