Three wise monkeys

weekly photo challenge: work of art

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Speak no evil, Hear no evil and particularly for this challenge: see no evil! Because everything can be seen as a work of art!

Why do we collect the 3 wise monkeys? One of the main reasons is that we like to see the different interpretations and techniques used to create the little statues. Some of the statues are so cleverly formed that they almost have personalities of their own. To be able to create that is a work of art 🙂

Our latest 3 wise monkeys purchase was from our long weekend in Port Macquarie at the beginning of the year. Purchased from a Fair Trade shop, these pottery monkeys were made  South Africa. The colours, the facial expressions, the style: they are so unique. They have to be one of our favourites from our collection.


Have a great weekend, everyone!!



misty monkeys

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Our time in Tokyo was quite short because one of the days was dedicated to a day trip out to Nikko. It was out at Nikko that we saw the 17th Century carvings above a doorway of the three wise monkeys. You can imagine our excitement to be able to see this – this is what we were all about 🙂 There were lots of statues on sale so we of course had to pick some up for our collection.

The National Park (albeit the tourist crowds) was still a peaceful place to wander around and see the temples and carvings. There were a lot of steps and also relatively slippery as it had rained the night before and was still drizzling occasionally.

As we travelled to Nikko, we were meant to view Kegon Waterfall however due to the fog, we could only hear it and not see it when we arrived. It was a bit of a shame as we enjoy viewing waterfalls. Similarly, we enjoy lakes and photographing lakes. And that is where we had lunch – at Lake Chuzenji. The food was magnificent and the view of the lake from the restaurant was spectacular, especially watching the mist travelling low and across the water. Within minutes the lake was shrouded by “white smoke” and our view of the lake was no more.

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Three wise monkeys carving
Three wise monkeys carving