Nara Park, which is a public park of about
660 hectares, is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer.
Although the deer are wild animals, they
are remarkably tame and smart.Considered in Shinto religion
to be messengers of the gods, the deer are not caged.They are allowed to roam free around the
large expanse of the Park and are protected carefully here.You will be greeted by the cute deer at the Park.
With a lot of deer roaming in the Park, the
streets are marked with warning signs.
It was raining when I went to the Park one day in June,and the ground was wet. I found the deer signs showing up clearly.
Look! a herd of deer are crossing a crosswalk
They understand .....the red signal?
(4) Deer! Hurry! Cross the street!
This is a familiar sight tourists often see on the Park streets.
Currently the deer population of Nara Park is around 1,200.Unfortunately, car accidents involving deer happen each year.
The 'Foundation for the Protection of Deer in Nara Park' has made an effort to protect them, so the popularity of the deer has been kept.
This is a series of lovely Nara deer stories. 奈良人にとってあまりにも馴染み深い鹿。雨の日に出会った鹿たちです。 Thank you for visit.
May 2, it was a beautiful day. I went to see Bugaku, which was held by Todai Temple in the Nara Park.
What is Bugaku? Bugaku is the ancient Japanese court- dance.
Bugaku took place during the Shomu Emperor ceremony to mark his death , which was 1261 years ago,
when Nara was capital of Japan.
The mask on the dancers is called Noumen.
Noumen has no expression. But audience see mixed motion and feeling on that.
The motion of a performer and an angle and
shadow makes complex expression.
He is a kind devil!
(2) This parade by monks started before Bugaku performance in dedication to Shomu Emperor.
At the Nandai gate of the Todai Temple
(3) May was also the time for golden chain flowering.
(4) .......... and the time for school excursion. Little boys and girls walked around the Nara park and watched the traditional ceremony.
children going back to school by train I was with them on the train until my station. I enjoyed looking at them being merry in the vehicle.
(5) This Mask, which has been displayed on the wall of our Japanese style guest room, is my late father-in-law's Noumen. His coworkers gave it to him when he retired from his work, wishing his long health and smile!
Hello, Friends! I am back. My diary pages should start from the beginning of May.
(1) In the sunny day of May, I took photos of these sweet sparrows on the 11thfloor terrace of the Osaka Station building. The terrace is also named "Garden of the Wind". With the sun showering on the garden, many sparrows enjoyed the open air space, bathing in the pond.
(2) A friend of mine, who has a large bamboo wood, sent me bamboos this spring too. After much peeling, then boiling in a large pan until soft, various recipes are possible.
(3) This is one of the recipes " Bamboo rice".
(4) My long favorite wooden bowl comes on the table for the rice today.
This is a Japanese lacquer" Wajima".
It needs a bit of care to keep it and make it last a long time because of the delicate material,
My mother in Tokyo moved to a nursing home May 8. This is the water painting my mother painted when she was 87. She no longer paints, but she is still happy with her paintings. My sister and I displayed her painting in her new room.