2009年11月12日木曜日


 
Nitennoh-zou ~ at Yakushiji, Nara~
The statues of Nitennoh(二天王像) can be found at each end of Nakamon(中門)~ the main precinct gate~ at Yakushiji Temple. It looked like they were placed to guard the temple from evils.  The below is the Nakamon. You see one of the statues on the right.

2009年11月10日火曜日

Yakushiji, Nara

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This photo was taken at Yakushiji(薬師寺)temple in Nara (vicinty).

2009年11月7日土曜日

Sazanka(camellia) with ants


Camellia started to bloom a lot of places in Japan. Japanese calls Camellia as "Sazanka." I suppose, in Japan, Sazanka is a pretty popular tree to have at your garden. I see them everywhere!

There are some variations on the color of petals; as if it were painted with watercolors, the below flower has the mixture of pink and white.

There are also ones with pure white, too. I love all three types!

2009年11月6日金曜日

Kakinoki~Persimmons~



Pictures taken near Yakushiji (Yakushi temple) in Nishinokyo, Nara.

2009年10月23日金曜日

I went to Jidai matsuri yesterday!

 Yesterday I went to Kyoto to see Jidai Matsuri. Jidai Matsuri is a commemorative parade held in the heart of Kyoto to celebrate the long history of Japan. There were so many people, including tourists from all over the world to watch the procession. Even for Japanese, it was very intersting.
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I took a lot of pictures and some videos; Here is the slideshow of my pictures:
 

2009年10月22日木曜日

"Jidai Matsuri"~a commemorative event~

If you are planning to visit Kyoto, you want to check the website, Kyoto Travel Guide. You can find almost everything about Kyoto; its history, locations, dining, accomodations, transportation, events, and more.

Today, October 22, there will be "Jidai Matsuri (Jidai Festival)," a commemorative event held in Kyoto. It features a procession of about 2000 people in period dress, marching the major streets in the heart of Kyoto, as far as 2km. The procession brings to life the transition of the ages, showing the customs and culture of each period in sequential order.


Video recorded in last year's "Jidai" festival

2009年10月21日水曜日

Hi from Japan!



Dear readers,

Welcome to my blog!
I'm a Japanese pianist who lives in Osaka, Japan.
In this blog, I would like to show you scenery in Western Japan, especially in the Kansai region, including Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara,Shiga, and Wakayama. Enjoy!