Anchante, The Japan Blue

 

A hand-dyed Indigo scarf…

My tribe in Japan made it for me from the scratch making the solution with fresh indigo leaves.

This enchanted gift thrilled me, excited me, and shook me.

Why, because there is no clone / copy of this indigo scarf. The solution and weather, and other conditions bring this only beautiful result on the textile, and you will never make exactly the same result in this blue.

Anchante, and thank you for coming to me!

完全なる手作業、手仕事による100%天然の藍のスカーフを日本から受け取りました。製作者である、私の部族仲間の愛を感じながら。

この世にたった一点のスカーフ。宇宙レベルでの出会いに感謝。

Upside down in winter lights

There is a local park nearby my family’s place.  They have the shrine for the goddess of prosperity and growth, and who also is regarded as protecting the park entirely.

I walk in the park when I am at family place, almost everyday, morning or afternoon, ..sometimes even both.

These were caught when I was on my way home from somewhere and was passing the park for taking shortcut.

It was cold but very gentle afternoon, that there was almost no wind that would have stroked the surface on the pond.

This is my belated contribution to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge last month.

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Happy New Year

I hope 2019 came with bringing smiles and peace to you.

I took a flight to Japan on 30th of Dec at night, to spend new years eve and day with family there.  My first week of 2019 was past as fast as giving one blink.

It was certainly short holiday, and despite the fact that it was really cold there (yes it was to me!) that it was in the range of -1 to 10 deg C, I was clear, energetic and had a great time.  I forgot to take photos in many occasions during the stay, but here are some I caught.

I am glad to be back in here, and I will look forward having more sharing and exchanging photos and journals with you ahead!

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Sunrise at the airport on arrival day
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An aircraft descending toward runway.
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A shrine for a goddess is at the back of the pond in the park.
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The entrance of the shrine.
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Wash your hands (and rinse your mouth) here before you pray.
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Heads of Shinkansen fast rail services at Tokyo station
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Shy Mt Fuji finally showed me her snow capped beautiful head behind the clouds.
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Japanese feast for celebrating new year.
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‘Zohni’ mochi, chicken, sliced fish cakes, and vege soup.

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The post box at the top of the mountain

Throwback to 2015, photographed when I went to Mt. Asamayama, Mie pref. Japan.

Mails and cards thrown into the post box are collected and deliver to addressed destinations.

This post box model had been retired (I am pretty sure but sorry if I lied) and disappeared in most of places in Japan, but I enjoyed watching this nostalgic box stood at the top with mountain with blue sky in the background.  I see this post has witnessed and collected number of stories and romances for decades.

Isn’t it a romantic?

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The post box was named ‘天空のポスト’ = Firmament Post Box.  The other sign was for mountaintop.

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Plain, old fence divided us to rail tracks

Oh dear, I have been trying to keep active on WordPress posting at least one note or photo everyday as often as possible, but I have been on completely opposite way for several days. 🙁

Well behind non-posting gap period, I have experienced a several small coincidences occurred to me in a sequential manner.  Those coincidences in a series brought me jaw-dropping surprise, then laughs because it was funny to see the coincidences in multiple times.  Well, I then kind of realized that miracle is not anything special to see in your day-to-day life, but it must happen every day to everyone in some form.  It might be our issue if we do not receive or accept it.

By the way, the photo below was taken in Japan (not on last trip but one in early May).  I took a short walk on the path along with rail tracks of a local train service.  In Japan, 5th of May is national holiday for celebrating children (Boy’s Day), and behind of me in this photo, there were many hand-sewn carp figured streamers hanging over a local brook (Carps have been used as symbols of boys’ growth and prosperity).  The local community in the area made this every year in this season and kids participate making / painting the streamers.

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Swans made good reflection in their stillness

I caught this in my morning walk at in the park nearby where my family lives.

This park is popular among locals and visitors, and the pond is busy with boats and swan boats floating and cruising, and I really like visiting there in off-peak time and watching the reflection made in the still water.

And I made this photo my contribution to this week’s

Monochrome Madness hosted by Leanne Cole.

Monochrome Madness is the community space she opens for other photographers and audiences who love monochrome / black and white photos. Here gives me a great opportunity and challenges about monochrome images. As it is open community, everyone can participate.

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My first pastel workshop in Japan

So this is one reasons why I kind of gave up carrying my DSLR and tripod with me.  🙂 One of my plans to accomplish during this trip was to do a pastel workshop for whose who had expressed interests to me since last year.

Due to the pastel drawing needs a suite of tools to do, despite the method was to use your finger(s) and rub them over the paper, it is apt to be rather bulky to carry by yourself unless you drive.

The workshop was made successful.  The participants who had never done this before, expressed their beautiful souls onto a piece of square paper to the full extent.  It is hard to tell you of how thrilling time I had with them as watching (and guiding) the whole process of the unique beautiful artwork was born out.  Japan, which has turned to rainy season, have got Hydrangea in full bloom, and I suggested them to draw Hydrangea.  Their touch and expression demonstrated during the work gave me inspiration and motivation.  🙂

I personally interpret this drawing process is quite similar to that you are meditating, which it may make you feel quite refreshing.  I am so glad that I shared those aspects with them.

Thank you beautiful souls for having me share this time with you.

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Mumble in the evening

I don’t know why time passes so quickly, even much quicker, these days.

So I came home from Japan on Friday morning finished one week trip.

I stayed in Tokyo in all my itinerary and kept myself flat out with planned works to complete, and they have been completed. I was happy to accomplish all my commitments were finished successfully.

The slight down-side of the trip was that I rarely got chances to take time for photography, even though I brought my DSLR camera and light-weight tripod for Japan.

Did I carry them with me all the time on my stay in Tokyo?  Unfortunately not.

I did not carry them with me all the time just because I was carrying other stuff which were bulky and I could not leave decent space available on my shoulders to carry my Nikon.

So I was keen to go out for taking photographs once I was back to Sydney.

Okay, then did I…?

I was afraid not, because my immediate weekend after the trip was vanished gone in one brink, while I exercised all the scheduled stuff to do which I had scheduled before I went to japan.

Yes, I know I planned them all to do after the trip, and its managed it, but I was being somewhat unstable as watching beautiful sunset sky by the window of the house I was at on the weekend.

Soon, soon, or soonish, I will definitely get out of under roof to do photography.

Well, in the meantime, I would like to share some of street scape I had photographed last month in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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Loading up the aircraft

This was photographed by the window of the aircraft which I boarded on my last trip from Tokyo to Sydney.

There were several aircrafts parked and loaded at boarding gates for the departure.

I thought I was lucky to capture the aircraft from rear angle.

I posted as wishing myself being lucky again to see something interesting on my boarding to Sydney tonight.

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