I discovered this unique statue of Jizo as I was wandering around northeast Kyoto one afternoon.
I was walking from one temple to another, and this smaller temple was in between. I poked my head inside and found Jizo, looking up at me and hamming it up for my camera.
It was an unexpected blessing.
I hope you encounter many unexpected blessings, much laughter, and many adventures in 2017 and beyond.
Happy New Year, everyone!