Saturday, March 9, 2024

" Girls ' Day , March 3rd" Japanese Doll Festival

   The Japanese Doll Festival ( Hinamatsuri ), or Girls' Day, is held on March 3.

   A set of ornamental dolls ( hina-ningyō ) representing the Emperor, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.

   The custom of displaying dolls began about 1200 years ago. 
   The official decoration consists of five steps.

   Each position is selected as each role.

   I show respect for Lady in the whole world.

   Era when the talent of all women was utilized has come.
   And the world will become more peaceful if the status of women worldwide improves.

The introduction to the English version of Hinamatsuri, as introduced on Japan's national broadcaster NHK.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

" Congratulations " Japanese calligraphy

   寿 " (ju, or kotobuki).
   It is translated as congratulations, felicitation, celebration, greetings, etc.
   This character is written by Kanzi, Semi-cursive script.

   This character is very famous as "寿司 (su-shi)".
   There are the words called "寿命 life (whole duration of a being) " elsewhere, too.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

In the silver world, hot spring " Onsen "


There is one hot spring inn in the other side of the way of this cliff.
 We walk to there.

 Innumerable hot spring (Onsen) spread through the whole country.
 Because I was born in a south area, I like Onsens of the winter.

 There is an outdoor bath in the other side of this hut.

 Here is SembokuAkita Prefecture.
 It is a " nyūtō onnsenn village " in Towada-Hachimantai National Park.
Welcome to the forest of the beech.
 The heart of a mountain is dotted with hot spring inns.

 In this magoroku-onsen, color is white.
 The hot spring of Akita especially has the atmosphere of the old good Far East.

 Paradise in the intense cold.
 The onsen in the snow scene may let a person rebear.

I like this hot spring village the most.
Can you reach the deepest mountain hot spring in Japan?

Even deeper and more deeper....

Sunday, February 18, 2024

" Snow " Japanese calligraphy


 " ( setsu, or yuki ). It is translated as snow.
This character is written by Kanzi, Regular script.

The original character is "䨮"
Etymology :  雨 ( rain ) + 彗 ( broomstick )

The original meaning is sweeping the ground.

The person who devised a kanji is a poet, surely.

『 これがまあ つひの栖か 雪五尺 』
小林一茶  ( 1763 - 1828 )

『 This is, well my final home 1.5m of snow 』
Kobayashi Issa ( 1763 - 1828 )

『 馬をさえ ながむる雪の 朝哉(あしたかな) 』
松尾芭蕉  ( 1644 - 1694 ) 

『 Even that horse watching the snow early this morning 』
Matsuo Bashō ( 1644 - 1694 )

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Drift ice From the Sea of Okhotsk

Now, my front 1 n.m (about 1.8 km) is Russian territorial waters.
The aim of the coast guardianship may be locked on my forehead.

I am at the Abashiri offing the place of about 2 n.m, Hokkaidō.

Drift ice flows through here every year from the Sea of Okhotsk.

The water which flowed from the Amur River lowers salinity of the seawater.
Salt was drained by the process when it was frozen.
It occurs in about the end from the middle of January.

It comes alongside the pier from the end of January to about the beginning of February.
The sea is completely covered with drift ice until about the end of March and cannot navigate the ship.

The seal does child care on drift ice with a few natural enemies.
Birds such as White-tailed Eagle or Ezo red fox are carried on drift ice, and come over from the Siberia to East Hokkaido.

Photo plankton sticks to drift ice.
When it is spring, the photo plankton multiplies at a stretch.
Animal plankton increases to bait in this and does the fishing ground of the Sea of Okhotsk wealthily.

It is the working of the west Pacific from the winter to the spring.