lovely illustration portrays Sai-san praying at a Shinto Shrine.
She will ring the shrine bell by pulling the twisted red and white
rope that hangs before her. The ritual ringing of the bell alerts
kami-sama (god) of the worshipper's presence. The
placing of the character in this context is but one of the many
devices the artist uses to inform the reader that Sai-san lives
a lifestyle simular to those generations that have preceeded her.
However, this "world of tradition" is all wrapped up in modernity.
The artist's playful mixing of Japan's past with its present shows
how easy it is for people to preserve their culture, if they only
have the will to do so.