Thursday, November 17, 2005

Fall in Kyoto 三千院の紅葉

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The changing leaves of Ohara's famous temple, Sanzenin.(Kyoto).

6 comments:

Jean said...

Beauté de la nature !!
Je connais un peu la culture japonnaise :les jardins ,la musique traditionnelle ,les estampes ,la sculpture , le zen .
Je connais peu le Japon d'aujourd'hui .
Votre blog me permet de le découvrir .
Merci .
Beauty of nature!! I know a little the culture japonnaise:the gardens,la traditional music, the estampes,la sculpture, Zen. I know Japan of today little. Your blog enables me to discover it. Thank you.

yoshi said...

It's so wonderful!! I'd like to make a bookmark out of the leaf.

Jean said...

BOnjour , puis je vous demander quelle est encore la place de la culture traditionnelle dans la civilisation japonnaise d'aujourd'hui .
Ce que je vois du Japon actuel me plait , mais il me semble voir peu des valeurs culturelles des anciens siecles .
Hello, then I to ask you which is still the place of the traditional culture in civilization japonnaise of today. What I see of current Japan me plait, but it seems me to see little cultural values of the old centuries.

Melissa said...

Bonjour Jean! Thank you for visiting my blog again!

You asked a very good question. Japan is an ultra-modern culture, but it`s traditionals live on in many ways.

Obviously, the geisha of Japan preserve the traditional arts and manners of Kyoto. They continue to dress and entertain as geisha have for centuries. They perform in Japanese tea houses and speak in Kyotoben. Ofcourse they also stop for coffee at starbucks and check in with their `mothers` by mobile phone, but seeing one walk along the narrow streets of Gion makes you feel as though you have traveled back in time.

Monks of Buddhist temples and priests of Shinto shrines continue to dress and preform ancient rituals as they always have. Visitors can hear the timeless chants of buddhist monks or practice Zazen, or meditation, in the peaceful setting of an ancient temple. Temple gardens designed hundreds of years ago are carefully maintained and preserved, appearing as they did in old times. Viewing a japanese garden can make you feel as if time has stopped, and you have become one with nature.

Some festivals celebrate important historical events, or display ancient culture, such as Kyoto`s Aoi Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, and Jidai Matusri.

Many other ancient traditions have found a place in modern, everyday life. You just have to know where to look!

Jean said...

Ces fètes en costumes traditionnels , sont elles une oportunité pour un retour , une étude des valeurs d'autrefois ?
These holidays in traditional costumes, they a oportunity for a return, a study of the values of formerly?

Jean said...

Un grand merci pour votre longue réponse , si gentille .
Etudiez vous , vous même ,les arts anciens , la calligraphie , la musique , les bouquets , les jardins ,le zazen ,les estampes toutes ces choses qui fascinent les Européens ?
Large a thank you for your long answer, if nice.
Study, youself, old arts, penmanship, the music, the bouquets, the gardens,le zazen, the prints , all these things which fascinate Europeans?