The day before yesterday I went to a live performance of a music group called ” Karman”.
I had long wanted go to see their show, then by chance they came to a cafe only walking distance from my house.
Their music is a mix of Morin Khuur (stringed musical instrument of Mongolian origin), Hammered Dulcimer, and Bodhrán.
They played Mongolian, lrish, and other types of songs.
Their harmonies were very good and it was nostalgic.
There are many unique musical instruments in the world, aren’t there?
Obakusan Manpukuji temple is one of the main zen temples in Japan.
It was founded by Ingen who came from China in 1661.
So this temple has a somewhat Chinese feel.
The big wood block shaped fish is famous.
And Hotei-son which is one of Seven Deities of Good Luck in Kyoto is enshrined there.
These are shown in the photos.
Even today, this temple is training Buddhist monks.
My friend Shin took this picture.
It is of the golden pavilion which is one of the famous tourist spots in Kyoto.
Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the 3rd shogun of Muromachi bakufu, built it in 1398.
It was set on fire once in 1950 and was rebuild by donation in 1955.
It was chosen World Heritage in 1994.
It is a beautiful building with a wonderful garden.
The other day my friend visited me, so we went to the “Hakata Machiya Furusato Kan”.
It is a museum where you can learn about the history and culture of Hakata.
People can experience Hakata people’s life of the Meiji and Taisho eras.
A short movie about the Gion festival is showed.
And you can see performances of traditional crafts like Hakata dolls and Hakata weaving.
A Traditional ‘machiya’ style house has been moved here and restored.
The worker told me the area between Mikasa river and Hakata river in Fukuoka city is called Hakata and it has a 2000 year history.
It is near the Asian continent, so many things from there came to Hakata first before spreading throughout Japan.
One of the art buildings on Naoshima Island is a public bathhouse called, “I love Yu (hot water)” .
It’s appearance, which was designed by artist Nobuo Otake, is sure to grab your attention.
You can have a bath there.
Inside it has a lot of amusing arts.
It is an interesting bath that is both colorful and fancy.
There is a place called Naoshima island which is also called ‘art island’ on the Inland Sea.
It takes 20 minutes from Okayama and 50 minutes from Takamatsu by ferry boat.
The Chichu Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando, the famous Yellow Pumpkin object by Yayoi Kusama and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima are all there.
People can enjoy art with the nature of the island at a place far away from the ordinary.
The whole place is a work of art!
I painted this picture of President Obama for my hasband’s birthday.
Now I found out he will visit Hiroshima at end of this month.
It is a big deal in Japan.
I hope peace will come to the world and there will be no more atomic bombs.