Monday, May 29, 2017

English Gardens by the Lake Biwa

Hello, Friends!
How have you been?
Today, I'd like to share the English Gardens of Yanagasaki Lakeside Park
on a bright summer-like day in late May.

On entering the park, an English garden unfolds before your eyes.
Poppies, cornflowers, delphiniums, lavenders, daisies, geraniums....., 
there is a whole spectrum of colors.
The palette is soft.

The mud or gravel paths are edged with a wide variety of plants that serve as a border.

The other side of the brick wall is a rose garden.
So exciting to imagine what can be seen.

Roses are rambling on the trellises, arches, or fences.

Facing right on the lake, the landscape looks open and airy.

A small water lily pond with an arched bridge.

The view of and the breeze from the lake make this English garden so special.

A paddle-wheel boat Michigan is cruising the south part of the lake.

 Michigan is docked over the hedge, where you can start cruising.

Yanagasaki Lakeside Park located on the south-eastern shore of the Lake Biwa features about 5900 meters square English Gardens and the municipal cultural property Biwako-otsu Kan (former Biwako Hotel).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Freshly verdant vegetation of May

Spring has been deepening as trees come alive with newly sprouted foliage.

Grass grows lush and bountiful fast.

I am partial to reflections on the water.
These are reflections of viridity of grass or leaves.

During the Golden Week, I went to Tofuku-ji Temple for 青もみじ Aomomiji, 
young green maple viewing.
Tofukuji is so popular for its colorful display of Japanese maples in late-November.
I prefer much quieter temple grounds during the off season.
The view from the Gaun-kyo Bridge where I stand toward the Tsuten-kyo Bridge 
over the ravine is a sea of green. 

Azaleas dot the freshly verdant garden.

An exuberance of young foliage!
An exuberance of joy!

Below is Japanese maple “Nomura”. 
The brownish red leaves become very bright red in autumn. 

After or between exploring, 
there's nothing like sitting on veranda to view the garden for a while,
enjoying the stillness, feeling the balmy breeze of May.

At the 一華院 Ikka-in, one of 25 sub-temples surrounding Tofuku-ji

Other time in Nara Park, I enjoyed creative vegetable cuisine with my friends from college years.
We have cherished friendship twice a year, spring and autumn, to keep it sparkling.

6 dishes out of 8-course dinner including dessert
Not true vegan because eggs, heese, yogurt and the likes are used.
Wish you joyful May, whether springtime, early summer, autumn, or everlasting summer,
depending on where you live.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mount Rokko laughs

山笑うYama warau/Mountain laughs” is spring kigo in haiku poems. 
It tells soft, bright air of spring mountains.
From late April to early May, Mount Rokko looks laughing
in verdure, soft colors, and the energy to be born into.  

Branches look purplish before budding of leaves.

“To laugh” is written 笑うor 咲う in Japanese.
咲く(to flower) was 笑う(to laugh) in ancient writing.
The whole mountain looks enveloped in peaceful laughters with laughing flowers here and there.

The tunnel of Exochorda racemosa.
When walking in fresher, sweeter air, you’ll find yourself smiling. 

The soft shades of green of tiny baby leaves.

The pink of peach, rhododendron, or azalea flowers reminds me 
of F’s tutu on her first ballet recital.

At the Hase-ike Pond, ripples make distorted pastel reflections 
of fresh maple leaves and azalea flowers surrounding the pond.

The pads of aqua plants have just emerged.
 The baby pads of water lilies are so lovely and serene with purplish hue.
They change colors to green by the time when the aqua plants bloom.
In summer, they spread across the water’s surface, filling it with colors and vibrancy.

The newly born pads of Nuphar japonicum are pink.
The glinting pads in the sun look like jewels of the pond.

コウホネ Nuphar japonicum

The branches of soft yellow Yamabuki, or Kerria japonica, are so slender 
that can be easily shaken by the winds.
Lovely to see them softly swaying in the breeze.

By the way, a darling, opening bud in my family, turned 4 on the 1st of May.

Having attended kindergarten only two weeks, 
Y seems to have developed greater self-control. 
He wants to try new experiences. 
Since last winter, he enjoyed helping his mother to make pizzas.
He makes small holes and pastes olive oil thinly on the dough prepared by his mom, 
and top the one with sausages, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese
and the other with apple, ham, and cheese.

Here you are, homemade pizza is ready.

What made you smile or laugh recently?

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