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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fleeting artistic season


November is over. 
Looking back, it was the busiest month this year so far for me.
As a leaf watcher, it was like racing with the speed of turning colors of leaves.
And besides, there were art events and a jazz concert where I enjoyed myself a lot.

The 12th of November was Art Exhibition of Y’s kindergarten.
The theme of Y’s class was “Four Seasons."

Snow sculptures made of clay, Bamboo shoot, Memory of Sport Day;Paraballoon,
Fireworks, Birthday is April
“Opening the door to the magic land” was created by the members of 
the eldest Lavender Class.









The coloring speed of the foliage accelerated next week.
Feast of autumn colors everywhere.
In my neighborhood, I was marveled at the transforming landscape 
to dazzling array of yellow, orange, gold, red and purple.

I walk this road almost every day.
The two photos below are scenes from the nearby park
where another Y likes to play around.





On the 18th, I went to another Y’s first art exhibition at his kindergarten.

4-year-old boy Y's works


From other classes, I will pick up "Animal Land” created by one of  
the eldest classes.


Drawings and papier maches of animals

Incidentally, when it comes to the illustrations of animals,
I’m a fan of the works of Brian Wildsmith.

From the picture books by Brian Wildsmith


The joint work of all the kindergartners was The Rolling Rice Ball,
one of Japanese folk tales.



The next day, I was at the jazz concert of my friend.
Some of her songs were my favorites and the place was swinging.

♪Swinging and dancing leaves ♬

The following week, it got colder with each rain.
I found subtle artistic autumn leaves on the wet wood-deck from my living room.


Another art on the water surface.


The 23rd of November, I went to Art Exhibition of F's elementary school.
This year’s theme was “Our town, Exciting Shopping Mall.”
The sixth graders created their favorite shops; 
the first graders created people who are strolling around or shopping.




All the works by the students were displayed at the gymnasium.


November was not only for art but also for sports.
My son, F's father, completed Osaka Full Marathon last Sunday.
The runners ran through the Osaka City tinted with autumn colors
starting from the Osaka Castle Park to finish at INTEX OSAKA.


Photos of TV screen
November passed that way.
The work of raking fallen leaves will continue for a while.


This is my last post this year.
My daughter will stay at my home with her son and the newborn baby
after she gives life to a baby in early December.
I won't have enough time for blogging and commenting after she has a baby.
See you in February next year.

Thank you for your visits and kind, encouraging, or inspiring comments throughout the year.
Wish you a joyful Holiday Season and a peaceful New Year.

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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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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.