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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fabulous autumn coloration of Chinese Tallow Trees

In Nara Park, there are many Chinese Tallow Trees.
I’ve been enchanted by their autumn foliage since I moved to Nara City.
 I'll pick up three places I like to see their colored leaves.

November 10
Along the road bridge over Ara-ike Pond, one of the gateways to Nara Park,
the leaves of Chinese Tallow Trees turn colors 
a little earlier than the other places.

October 21



Five-storied Pagoda of Kofuku-ji Temple beyond the pond

Road-bridge over Ara-ike Pond




At Daibutsu-ike Pond, I always enjoy the playfulness of light, shadows, 
and the colored leaves.

November 10


Which reflection do you prefer, translucent water-color, with gold, or oil-painting touch?

Gold reflections of Ginkgo、2013



Ukigumo Park of the Nara Park gets ablaze with spectacular colors in mid-November.

Coloring process
1. The green leaves start turning colors in mid-October.
2. Yellow, orange, red and pale green colors can be seen on one tree in late October.
3. At its best early to mid-November 
4. Seed covered with white wax

Mesmerizing tangerine-colored foliage in the light.

November 10
Kaleidoscopic ceiling!

Ukigumo Park is a popular site for school excursion and wedding memorial photography.
Every one enjoys his/her/its share of pleasure.

Almost all the leaves fall to the ground mid-to-late November
and only seeds covered with a layer of pure white wax remain into December. 



The trees stand proud and bare in January next year.

January, 2017
  (This post consists of 2017 photos mostly and some of the unpublished past years' photos.)

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Weekend Reflections

Friday, November 3, 2017

Art Aquarium of Goldfish at the Nijyo-jyo

Nijyo-jyo (Nijyo Castle since 1603) used to be the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Shogunate.  Its Ninomaru Palace was the stage of “Taisei Hokan (1867)”, the declaration of the returning the authority to the Imperial Court by the last Shogunate. The next year the Imperial Cabinet was installed in the castle.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Restoration of Imperial Rule, Art Aquarium Castle is held in the garden of Honmaru Palace inside the inner walls, which is not open to the public usually.  The Hommaru Palace Garden is transformed into a magical world with large scale installation of art aquarium of goldfish, light, and sound.


The main star is thousands of Goldfish.


The ambience is totally Japonism.


Movement of goldfish, their shadows, light of changing colors, and projection mapping create the phantasmagorical sequences of the folding screen.



Concave, convex, double, and other various lenses are put to an aquarium.
The fish swimming inside are seen small, big, double, or distorted, which creates a mysterious world.


Here is a kaleidoscope of goldfish.






Edo-Kiriko (since 1824) cut glasses are used as fish bowls.  
Edo-Kiriko is authentic Japanese craft made with traditional technique.  
Clear colors and delicate patterns are cut into glass.



There are many various different varieties of goldfish.








I wondered why these are named 頂天眼/ Celestial Eye.
Because their eyes are always gazing at the sky?


There is lymph in the bubble-like cornea of 水泡眼/Bubble Eye.


Most of the aquarium is polyhedron to make use of refraction effect.
The main aquarium, 18-sided polyhedron, shines like a diamond in illumination.
It is surrounded by the terraced goldfish tanks.


Surreal goldfish universe!


The reflections in the rippled water is also fascinating.


Gold fish is a popular pet like tropical fish.
I would have them in a glass bowl with loving care and attention at home.
To watch them swimming in a bowl was relaxing and peaceful.
At the Art Aquarium, I found them mesmerizing, enchanting, and even psychederic
 in a riot of color.














Monday, October 23, 2017

Cosmos, autumn sky, rain, and a celebration



The day becomes more solemn and serene
         When noon is past; there is a harmony
         In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,
Which through the summer is not heard or seen,
As if it could not be, as if it had not been! “
 -Percy Bysshe Shelley-


Cool, crisp air of autumn makes up for the exhausting humidity and heat of summer.
Under the high, clear blue sky with fluffy autumn clouds, I strolled around Hannyaji Temple.
Cosmos flowers were playing around the Stone Buddhist Statues
or Thirteen-storied Stone Pagoda,
having the time of their life.




Refreshing breeze floated in the precinct caressing flower to flower.




My heart was filled with hope and love.




It rained the next day as was forecasted by the cirrocumulous mackerel sky
 in the photo below.
The rain brought record hot October like summer for more than a week.


The next to the summer-like week was sudden drop in temperatures
and consecutive dismal cold days with steadily falling rain.
Weather has gotten abnormal. 


Not defeated by the rain, my eldest granddaughter F’s “Shichi-Go-San” 
was celebrated the other day.
Dressed in formal “kimono”, she had a rite at a local shrine accompanied by the families.
 In the heavy rain, she walked holding an umbrella with one hand 
and tucking up the kimono with the other
to protect kimono from rainwater and dirt.

With F's younger sister Y
The rain was not so bad after all
as I could see 6-year-old’s (soon to be 7)  patience and grace at the shrine
and the miraculous show of light and pouring rain-water on my way back to Nara.

Now that a typhoon passed through, blue sky appeared today.

More about Hannya-ji Temple and cosmos; Pastel colored dancers in the autumn breeze (2015)

Linked to Mosaic Monday