Belief Tradition and Ritual

Hikari kindly asked me to her home in Nara, an old town, to meet her family.  She took me to visit the Temples and Shrines. It is popular for the many deer roaming. We had a tea ceremony by the Temple where they hold a Fire Ceremony. Families take their children to the Shrine aged 3 & 5 for boys, girls 3 & 7, to give thanks and pray for their future.   Lunch was at a traditional tatami (mats) restaurant.  Exquisite green rice soup, sashimi, smoked fish, pickles and jellies. The sushi was wrapped in a persimmon leaf. The fruit is ready now like our apples.

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Moving fast And standing still

Okayama exploring.  There is nothing like finding new ground. I just pick a place on the map, supplies of pastries with red bean and sweet bread with salmon and go walking.  Spent the day by the River Asahi. Fish a metre long and plenty of them sitting in the current. The birds were fishing cormorant egret heron and a black kite but it had no forked tail. Sketching and notes made. As inspirational and reflective days go this one moved me to tears.

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Studio Suyo

Here in Osaka Suyo has a weaving and dyeing studio. She runs workshops for community groups and organises community festival events.. Who does she sound like? Kanji also works there. image image image image image

Japanese Painting

Screens of gold and silver.   Incredible beauty.

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This exhibition was Japanese artists who were influenced by European arts. 1890  onwards. We are talking cezanne, Picasso ….

Kiyoko and myself at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
Kiyoko and myself at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

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In search of trees

The Autumn trees are just beginning to turn. It is very popular to watch as much as cherry blossom. It is predicted mid November in Kansai. Snow already in Hokkaido!

Expo 70 Park
Expo 70 Park

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Downtown Osaka

The lovelies Mia & Suyo
The lovelies Mia & Suyo

City life. Osaka. Wonderful apartment. Met by Haruka & Mia. My host is Suyo a Textile & Community Artist. Subway map in colours made for an artist! I have found my feet and off…….

View from Apartment
View from Apartment
Osaka subway
Osaka subway
Osaka Main Station.
Osaka Main Station.

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Wild North Dartmoor

The north moor has a different feel to the south,  wild wide expanses of bog and the tors seem higher.

 

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A three stone circle day. North Creber Kennon Hill White Moor stone Hound Tor Wild Tor.