My sincerest condolences お悔やみ申し上げます

I quite often think these days that we face risk where we go.Then, where we should go, go within where you can take your own risk.Of course, if you are in the airplane,you leave your life to pilot.When I went to London often I even remembered pilots’ name and techniques for taking off and landing on.Yet, you still leave your life to pilot.

What surprised me most at this earthquake Himaraya there were about 1000 people at the base camp of 5300 metres above sea level.At first I thought my hearing deteriorated to hear 1000. 100 was acceptable figure to me.

If 1000 people stay there, accordingly the surroundings are polluted.Mountains do not like themselves to be polluted, they like to or we should show respect mountains as sacred places. Now in Japan the limit of existence of village is social matter.Sooner or later these villages will disappear.And 1000 is population of these 3-4 villages I do not know what I am writing, even I should write or not, sorry.

Lastly I would like to express my sincerest condolences.

Exhibit a Buddhist image ご開帳

To celebrating Zenkouji temple’s  Gokaichou(exhibit a Budhist image):Nagano station decorating several lanterns to show respect.

:*About Zenkouji temple please refer my blog 「Zenkouji temple & night view at Obasute 25 Sept,’14」

imageIt is a bit of long way to walk to Zenkouji temple although many do walk and short to take a bus to the temple. So normally I walk on my way back to the Nagano station.

image image I took earliest possible train to Nagano station and I arrived in the queue around 10:15 am. Knowing lots of people visiting the temple and means of transportation except walk is bus but they seemed they have not arranged anything at all beforehand.They call a bus for emergency after they saw a long long queue and let us wait so long.

However,I was so fascinated and appreciated I was able to come and finally touch the sacred pole which is linked to the image inside. After you can go inside to see but I did not go. I was happy to touch and felt so much  happiness.

image This is a pole linked to the image. I did not wish anything, I did not have anything to pray. I just recited a sutra in every direction touching my right or both hands to the pole. I was really satisfied I could do so and after even if I did not go to the Main building behind I was filled with power given and filled with happiness.

image This is the garden of a brewery. As I do not drink alcohol I just went to the garden and asked someone to take photo of me, Sumi.Cherry blossoms indeed always make us happy. It is not only cherry blossom is Japan’s country flower but they bloom quickly and fall qyucjky.

image This is a square which a couple of years ago they renovated Japanese old black warehouses. They are called OPEN.It is in GONDOU arcade Nearer to the Zenkouji temple there is similar square called patio which is well known but this OPEN square is new and now known yet. I asked about this place to those who distributed fliers of Zenkouji temple and the town around, at first they puzzled and said what I want is maybe that etc. But to me it is interesting squiare.

image  This is a restaurant in the square where I had coffee.I would have had lunch if I had accompany with. It is specious and coffee tasted good! I will come back for lunch with someone in the near future.


さくらさくら Cherry blossoms

Yesterday I went to Ueno Park to see cherry blossoms. Ueno’s cherry blossoms are my favourite although I have not been there for the last few years. They are at their best and people who enjoy them are highly excited.上野駅の人ごみです

image This is Ueno station.You can see how many people are there to see cherry blossoms.

image  Overcrowded, indeed overcrowded and took time to get through the exit.

image Ueno is also centre of arts. There are museums, concert halls, galleries and Univ of arts.Behnd crowd concert hall for mostly classics and ballet or opera can be seen.

image Modern art museum hold Rodin’s works.

image This is of also Rodin’s.

imagePeople are keeping the space for the evening entertainment.I have never heard in the other country that people gather under the tree to entertain themselves, eating, drinking, singing and even dancing.They will bring Karaoke sets. I thought going through cherry blossoms tunnel that entertaining us ourselves means entertaining spirits of cherry blossoms. Good, so lets enjoy.

image  Please enjoy the beautiful Ueno’s cherry blossoms.



image  Beer men are attracting attention and was asked to be in the snapshot.I guess they are really popular in the evening when people start to drink, they are beers.

image One of most distinguishable things about Japan is manners in general. I do not know that Japanese are really good mannerd or not but I can say they are very sympathetic towards others.We live in the world of sympathy ( I want to believe) and whether It is merit or demerit to me I would very much like to live on sympathy.Regarding to rubbish, we are requested to put things in certain genre things should go and to be collected.This keep people comfortable keeping Ohanami (appreciation of cherry blossoms) place tidy. Good job!! You are responsible for rubbish.責任を持ってごみを片付けましょう

imageAnother blue sheet for the evening geast.

image You cannot see cherry blossoms without seeing heads.

image Two girls keeping place for friends? family?or colleagues?正座は大変かもしれません

image End of the Ueno park. When wind blows wind makes cherry petal storm。