Sunday, December 10, 2017

Trip to Hokuriku-region part 2 etc;

*Old style Japanese Thached Roof *
One of the high-lights of the trip with my old friend is visiting the picturesque "Suganuma Gassho-style Village"  in Toyama-pref. ; where is designated as "World Heritage".  
Links to 2 pages of picture and about the place.
Really impressed to see thatched roof for the first time. Sorry for the butterbur flowers, needed to cover us standing there.

*Shiroyone Senmaida "白米千枚田"*
A Thousand Rice Paddies in Shiroyone.  The rice terraces located in Shiroyone town, Wajima City of Ishikawa Prefecture. These green rice paddies create a beautiful and bright contrast to the background of the blue sea.  And it was registered to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.

And the ducks I found in the nearby river lately.

*Chirihama Drive Way*

The Sandy Beach,  only beach where cars are allowed to drive in Japan,  is 8 km long and has a road-width of 50 m. So lucky that my friend I were seated the front seat so that I could take video for you to see ;-)

*Yamanaka-town Kaga-city, Ishikawa,pref *

  One night, we stayed Yamanaka-Onsen Hot Spring. Just a pictures of entrances ;-)   
In the city, I happened to be able to visit the Memorial Hall of my favorite late actress who also had been the MC of  TV variety show.  Really glad with the happy surprise♪

*Colorful Orchid from the Exhibition this year*

Today I had 6 guests who came to make Mochi(rice cake).
Having a bit colder weather for Dec. ;  Take Care of yourselves ;-)

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Trip to Hokuriku-region part 1 etc;

Kenrokuen 兼六園and  Natadera Temple  那谷寺
These two places fascinated me with its Autumn Beauty. These Snow Fences at Kenrokuen must be fantastic with  the winter (snow) scene. ( Link Page )  Especially the gorgeous pine trees are protected by them.  Natadera Temple has lots of Important Cultural Property. I'm happy if these pics could share you my facilitation. (middle of last month, 3 days)
Kenrokuen 兼六園

Natadera Temple  那谷寺

Shioyasu Lacquerware Workshop
Wajima lacquer 輪島塗;   Its base-wood material is cypress. Very graceful and sophisticated products, and widely known as a top-quality utility lacquerware. Also surprised me their high prices ;-)  For example, the Tiered Food Boxes in the last picture costs 18 million yen ¥180,000 (sorry for my big mistake who read before correcting).

Birds and  Dandelion
It seems like Bramblings year this year, many of them were enjoying lunch on different days and pigeons were together from the tree in front of my house.

I found these Dandelion on the road side close to my house. Bit out of the season ?

In Japan, Sumo world has a kind of trouble.  My sumo fan husband seems to be a little discouraged about the news. Sincerely and  Wishing you all are having great day and see you soon..

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Collaboration of Two Artists and Brambling part2 etc;

Collaboration with Art and Calligraphy
On 5th this month, I went to see Collaboration Exhibition of two arts; artist Koji Moroi and calligrapher Chiho Ikeda.  It was first for me to enjoy and fascinated by the Installation Art.
Installation artist creates their artworks for specific locations, enabling them to transform any space into a customized, interactive environment.
修羅道 Shura-Path
          Left; 龍 Right; 圓   Chinese characters were Written in "Hieroglyph"
The ladies at the reception desk who are the calligraphy members were wearing 
the T-shirts which have hieroglyph designs.

And at the reception desk, I found beautiful Orchid Flower gifted from Ms. Chiho's daughter.  So amazed to hear that the real orchid flowers were colored by laser.
Visitors from the foreign country also seemed enjoying the Exhibition. They were with translator and explained by the two artists.

Bramblings, Redstarts and a couple of other birds were  enjoying breakfast   from the tree in front of my house.
I 've  been wondering what tree this is.

Sympetrum kunckeli(マイコアカネ)my husband found early this month. 

I've had eventful days after my last post.  Short trip with my old friend etc. Among them, a sudden pass away (my husband side).  Without a child, he started to think about after one of us died. "You can never be too prepared." or "Better safe than sorry" :-)