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Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter illuminations and reflections around JR Osaka Station


At this time of year when darkness falls so early in the less colorful part of the world,
I like to go out for winter illuminations. 
I strolled around JR Osaka Station feeling the warmth of the city’s hospitality.

(Old post: Night stroll at the Grand Front Osaka, 2013)


I am so thankful to electricity, light bulbs, and recent energy-saving LED lighting 
as I imagine how awfully dim the world was before electricity.


With so many serious problems arising as the civilization has come so far, 
people are concerned about the future world and generation
but these lighting made me feel hopeful that there must be brilliant creative minds
who will work enthusiastically to solve the daunting problems of the time in each era ahead.


Multi-storied passage ways connect the station and the South and North Buildings 
of the Grand Front Osaka Complex.


From the bridge passage-way connecting South and North Buildings.


A graceful, majestic Christmas tree changes its color from white to rose and blue
in the light reflected from the mirror-ball.


Now I moved to the Toki no Hiroba (Time & Space Plaza) of Osaka Station City.


Osaka Station City's landmark is a large glass roof that spans over the railway tracks.
Toki no Hiroba is right under the big glass roof.

Image via here

Multidimensional reflections are seen from the open space Toki no HIroba
overlooking the railway tracks.

The small Tsurun Tsurun Skate Rink is across from JR Osaka Station. 
The rink can operate in warm temperatures and consumes no electricity
because it is not made of ice but a type of plastic with wax coating 
which is 90% as slippery as ice. 



This post is my last one in 2016.
Many thanks for your kind comments, thoughts, inspiration, and encouragement
throughout the year.
See you in 2017!



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Friday, December 2, 2016

Nara Park cloaked in glorious Autumn

Welcome to Nara Park!
Here are glorious sights of the whole park
 aflame with shades of orange, crimson, and gold leaves.

The road connecting the foot of Mt. Wakakusa and Kasugano Park, 18th of November

Autumn comes from the sky and goes downward from the top elevations. 
Though the time of leaves' changing colors would vary depending on temperatures, 
best viewing time of the autumn foliage in Kansai region including Nara 
is usually early November to early December.
I walked around Nara Park admiring fresh and vibrant palette of the season 
on the 11th, 18th, and 22nd of November.


November 11th
Sansha-iike Pond

Chinese Tallow Trees along the road bridge over Ara-ike Pond

Kangaku-in of Todai-ji Temple

Kasugano Park

Daibutsu-ike Pond

November 18th

In a week, the entire Nara Park was glowing in an explosion of bright colors.

Sagi-ike Pond




Trellis of Wisteria

Tangerine-colored Chinese Tallow leaves at Ukigumo Park

The Yoshiki River ablaze with Japanese maple leaves

Reflections like an Impressionist Art, my Favorite



Japanese maple trees on the water canvas

The steps leading up to the Belfry under the canopy of Japanese maples



The view from the top of the steps

"鴟尾  Shibi" framed by the maple leaves

Shadow-shot white earthen walls

Roof tiles on the top of the wall

November 22nd

At the top of the Mt. Wakakusa, autumn foliage was almost over,
reds of fallen leaves turning to rust and yellows to sienna.

Bare cherry tree and its fallen leaves



Embers of life
Chill winds, freezing rain or snow came suddenly one week ago.
The traces of the brilliance of mild autumn are getting distant memories
and are mingling with the cosmic air above blowing from the time immemorial.

Todai-ji Buddha Hall and Kofuku-ji Five-storied Pagoda in the distance, 22nd of November

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Kindergarten Art Exhibition, 2016








The coloration of autumn has been getting fabulous day by day. 
I hear the cheerful shouts of the children in the painting above.

Inspired by the painting, I went to the nearby park to photograph children
playing under the autumn foliage.
Unfortunately no child voices echoed when I was at the park,
but I was absorbed in the beauty and freshness of the season.





By the way, don't you feel like going on a trip,
searching for fantastic autumn colors?
On the roads, you may see autumn-colored cars or cars with autumn reflections running
like the fleeting autumn.

Weekend Reflections



The end of the day, how about staying at the Lavender Hotel?
The cute hotel workers (five-year-olds of the Lavender Class) will welcome you 
with big smiles and sincere hospitality. 


The wheeled suitcases are ready to be carried to your room.



Chandeliers made of pet bottles are on the ceiling.



The walls are decorated with the famous paintings by Laseen, Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Not only painting but also framing are children's work.


At this hotel, breads, pizzas, salads are buffet style.


To bake breads, children did it from the scratch;
they started by making "newspaper clay" first of all.
 "Newspaper clay" is made mixing newspapers torn to pieces, water, 
and some amount of starch glue.



These dishes are made of woolen yarn using "Hariko" technique
and are decorated with paper or fabric ribbons or flowers.
The mixture of bond dissolved by water and yarn are stuck to a balloon.
When the bond is dried, the balloon is taken off.


What a feast!  Let's eat!



Where shall we go next?

Y's Dandelion Class (three-year-olds) was transformed into a Fire Station.
Fire engines are made of tissue boxes and milk cartons.

This is Y's.


Certificates and Fire-extinguishers

Fire fighter's helmets are made of instant noodles cups.


The Color Guard Flags march ahead of ..... what?


A marching band!



At the Koshienguchi Kindergarten Art Exhibition,  
there were Airport, Post Office, Hospital,  Magic House, and Photo Studio
other than the Hotel and the Fire Station.
I'll pick up some other works.

These rental clothes at the Photo Studio by Margaret Class (five-year-olds)
are free of charge.
Choose the clothes you like...


.... and a bag.


The memorial photo of the Entrance Ceremony was taken under the full-blooming Sakura in April.
Every child is amazing how he/she has grown since then.



Injectors at the Hospital made by Pansy Class (three-year-olds) will be effective to
what you really wish
like "running faster ", "more friends", "overcoming food dislikes", and anything.



Lastly these are magician's hats at the Magic House by Lily Class (four-year-olds).


Your dreams will come true by sitting on this Magic chair once
if only you never give up and make efforts.

Joint-work of all the Lily Class members

Good job, all the Kindergartners!
I'm sorry I can't cover all the wonderful works.

Thank you, teachers, for giving little children confidence
through creating these art with your support and guidance.
Thank you for giving little children big dreams
with your love, patience, and enthusiasm.

Kindergarten Art Exhibition, 2015, is here.