Tuesday, 28 October 2008

last mountain yoga..

for the year...ooohh was it a cold practice. but the air smelt sooo good!

Monday, 27 October 2008

test drive....

up a mountain, yep, my car is really fixed this time...yippeeee!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

time to get serious...

about gourd lamp making, with some serious electronics shopping and a crash course in LED wirement!

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

searching for gourds..

to make lamps, more difficult than one imagines! until i cycle past a small field where HUGE gourds were hanging, i left a note and this lovely man called and give me a few smaller ones! he wouldn't part with the giant ones...apparently he paints them in winter..

Monday, 20 October 2008

supposed to be making...

a lamp from a gourd, but mine ended up a wingless goose...complete with moustache!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

kaminoyama castle..

had a lovely little hot spring foot bath outside, very relaxing sitting round chatting with feet being boiled ; ) the water was HOT!

Saturday, 18 October 2008

nice display of...

sake cups in a soba restaurant...soba (buckwheat noodles) was good too!

Friday, 17 October 2008

overheating....

on the way back from the beach on a mountain road my poor car overheated and starting dripping bright green ooze, oh dear! i tried to fix it, but it just dripped and steamed more, it really didn't look very happy, so my husband had to leave work and come and rescue me!!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

no waves....

but i loved the dotted stripe of clouds...it was such a beautiful day  ☆

Saturday, 11 October 2008

tohoku university of art and design..

beautiful building, reflecting the shape of the surrounding mountains..nearly full moon! they even have a funky painted bus that does the college route..

Friday, 10 October 2008

kannon sama

the bodhisattva of complassion, in sanskrit her name is Avalokitesvara, and this particular version only comes out every 12 years, in the year of the rat...so i was lucky to see her, and when i did there was a group of ladies chanting, under all those ribbons in the picture below..

Thursday, 9 October 2008

inside the temple..


so simple, but colourful, most of it was open ... no glass, i guess it's shuttered up in rain and snow....loved the ribbons leading to the altar and the paintings on the ceiling..

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Sunday, 5 October 2008

ikebana...

japanese flower arrangment....loved the way the leaves were folded and creased..

Saturday, 4 October 2008

feast for the crows!

crows were everywhere, not sure if they were eating the rice or the insects...?

Friday, 3 October 2008

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

old corner shop...


which is sadly being pulled down as i type...i see beautiful old wooden buildings disappear all the time, to be replaced with new plastic looking unsightly apartments.... why does progress have to be so ugly...?