I shot this Buddha of Mercy statue at one of the rest stops in #Shirakami-Sanchi.  This is a World Heritage site made up of virgin beech wood forests and #Aoki or blue pond.  There are 33 small ponds connected by walking trails.  We rented a car in #Aomori and drove up to avoid the crowds of tourists and busloads of tour groups.  The road up the mountain is narrow and overgrown with vegetation so go slowly and watch out for foxes.  It is a truly magical place in Japan.  Please let me know what you think of the photo.Small Statue of Buddha of Mercy_