2010年7月19日月曜日

The famous Red Ferris wheel at the top of HEP FIVE!

If you have a chance to come to Umeda district in Osaka, you may want to visit a red Ferris wheel on the top of HEP FIVE.

HEP FIVE is an interesting integrated spaces; if you go up to the top of the building, you  can get ride on a big red Ferris wheel, and you can enjoy a spectacular view of Osaka !

The Ferris wheel is a landmark of Umeda district; if you get lost in Umeda district, you may want to find this ferris wheel!

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2010年7月1日木曜日

Clematis



Such a gorgeous flowers.
It's fun to walk around my neighbors. Even though many Japanese may have neither huge front yards nor gardens as Americans, most of them enjoy growing beautiful flowers and plants to decorate their properties. Of course, Japan is a country of "bonsai"!

Oh, my god! I found an error.

 I was on a process of producing a flier for my concerts. My brother, who is a web-designer, designed it, which I really liked. I was very excited! To avoid errors and typos, I checked again and again. After many proof reading, I thought it was perfect. Yesterday I ordered to print. I was so happy that one big work was done. BUT!!! Today, I found an error by 'accident.' Very bad one. Oh, my GoD!!! Immediately we contacted the printing company that we ordered, but, they said they could not stop the process. We have to reorder it... Damn!!! It's a waste of money and papers...I wish I were more careful. I wish I paid more attentions to details. I wish...

As soon as I found my mistake, I was depressed. I felt like having a bad stomachache. Still I feel very low... I hate making AND finding mistakes...  I feel like I start doubting everything I do. I can become very negative. No, that's not good. I have to cheer myself up!













This was a good lesson.
Next time, I will be more careful,
more conscious for every details.

2010年6月28日月曜日

"A tropical night"

                               
I guess summer is already here in Osaka. Even during the night, the air does not get cool. It stays hot and humid! Last night was quite bad; the air was too still and very wet... Unbelievable.
In Japan, we call these sleepless hot night as 熱帯夜(nettaiya); literary it means a "tropical night."  We call it when the temperture of a night doesn't fall below 25℃.(with humidity!) Of course, comparing to India or southern Asian countries, this is nothing. But, it's not fun if you are having a hard time sleeping...

 Reading a complicated book, or these CDs may help get me sleep!
(very interesting titles...)

2010年6月26日土曜日

A rainy season

Right now, Japan is in a middle of tuyu (梅雨), the Eastern Arian rainy season. The rainy season can be a very uncomfortable season; wet, humid, and hot! Although Osaka is not classified as a tropical climate area, the weather and the humidity of our region makes us feel like we are getting a part of it. I do not know how long it will last this year, but it's all right. All greens need a lot of water to grow.

Tuyu literary means plum rain. Since this rainy season coincide with the season of the plum ripening. However, most Japanese would say the flower of the rainy season is a Hydrangea, Ajisai in Japanese. Right now you can find a variety of hydrangeas all over Japan.
It may be fun to visit parks and temples, where are famous for their Hydrangea garden. For example, Sanzen-in temple in Ohara, Kyoto, has bushes of more that 3,000 hydrangea, and the temple holds Ajisai Festival aound this time. (You can check it at this link: http://www.kyoto.travel/) You may find very interesting ones!

2010年4月6日火曜日

2010年3月28日日曜日

Strange Skies: Cinema for Plants


I love seeing beautiful blue sky. It is soothing. Do you think trees and flowers are able to see the skies?

This is very interesting. An American conceptual artist, Jonathon Keats created the movies not for human, but PLANTS. The installation art was exhibited sometime between last February and March, in a specially built "cineplex" in New York City for seven weeks.

Keats believes "shrubs and trees know what’s happening, that they realize that the cataclysm they’re experiencing locally is truly global in scope.” So, he did it. Keats created the beautiful, relaxing movie, called "Strange Skies,"  travel documentaries displaying glorious European skies. In the exhibition, he placed, or 'seated' potted plants to watch it.

He says, “These documentaries expose them to parts of the planet they could never experience for themselves, allowing them to travel vicariously by showing them a selection of foreign skies,” Keats said. “To our untutored eyes, these horizons may look pretty, but plants are photosynthetically attuned to subtle variations in the spectrum, including those caused by atmospheric pollutants. Make no mistake: These documentaries are incendiary, and may be infuriating to many vegetables.”
If you want to watch this movie, check this link out;
http://www.wired.com/video/strange-skies-cinema-for-plants/64565431001

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2010年3月16日火曜日

Magnolia

Spring is here in Osaka! I found this gorgeous magnolia tree at the campus of Osaka Gakuin University.

2010年3月5日金曜日

Lake Biwa

Biwa Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. It is located in Shiga prefecture the northeast of Kyoto.

a street in Kyoto

2010年2月16日火曜日

Kinkaku Temple

 
If you have a chance to visit Kyoto, this is one of the temple that you don't want to miss; it is so-called the Kinkakuji temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). It was originally built in 1397, by the order of the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (during the era of the Muromachi period(1333-1573)), as his cottage. (Today's temple was rebuilt in 1955.) He ordered to cover the temple with thin pure gold foil, to indicate his power and wealth.

According to David and Michiko Young, authors of The Art of Japanese Architecture, The Muromachi period was the Golden Age of Zen-inspired culture, and the Kinkakuji temple represents one of the best examples of Muromachi architecture. 

I visited Kinkakuji temple in the late afternoon. The golden walls were glittering in right of the sunset, and it was so beautiful.