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Gokayama (五箇山) is an area within the city of Nanto in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its traditional gasshō-zukuri houses, alongside nearby Shirakawa-gō in Gifu Prefecture. The survival of this traditional architectural style is attributed to the region's secluded location in the upper reaches of the Shōgawa river. This is also the reason that Gokayama's lifestyle and culture remained very traditional for many years after the majority of the country had modernized. Many of the houses easily surpass 300 years in age.

 

The Gokayama region includes the former villages of Taira, Kamitaira, and Toga.The gasshō hamlet of Ainokura is located in Taira, while that of Suganuma is in Kamitaira;both are nationally designated Historic Sites.

-wikipedia

 

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The Metasequoia (dawn redwood) avenue located in Makino highland ,Shiga Prefecture,Japan

 

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A view of Hozu- kyo ( the valley of Hozu) from Arashiyama-Takao Road

 

Fortunately I could see a trroco train going on a bridge :)

 

location : Arashiyama Takao Parkway ,Kyoto city ,Kyoto Prefecture,Japan

Green maple leaves of the Kitano tenmangu Odoi Mound and the Uguisu Bridge

location :Genko-an temple,Kyoto city,Kyoto Prefecture,Japan

 

Genko-an temple ,formal title is Yohozan Hojyurin Genko-an,is located in the Takagamine district in northwestern Kyoto. It was founded by Tatsu'o Giko,the second abbot of Daitokuji Monastery ,of the Rinzai school of Zen,in1346,and used as his retirement hermitage.

The hondo( main hall)was built by Seika Koji, a carpenter from Kaga,in 1694.Shakamuni Buddha,along with two his disciples is enshrined here.

To the right of hondo,there are two famous windows,one round,one square. They are called satorino mado and mayoino mado respectavely.

Satorino mado( the window of Realization) is round,implying Zen maturity,completeness and enlightenment,while mayoi no mado(The window of Delusion ) is square,implying confusion,ignorance,and immaturity ,or the life of samsara.that is a life of human suffering.- Genko-an

 

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location : Nanzenji Temple Tenjyuan ,Kyoto city ,Kyoto Prefecture,Japan

南禅寺 天授庵

Tenjyuan :

 

Tenjyuan is one of the most historically important temple of the Nanzenji. It was built as a dedication of the founder of the Nanzenji , Daiminkokushi Mukanfumon .

In 1267 the Emperpor Kameyama,enchanted with the natural beauty of the spot,elected a villa on the site where where the Nanzenji Temple now stands. Around 1288 the emperor was vexed by the appearance of a ghost and asked for help from Daiminkokushi ,the third Chief Priest of the Tofukuji Temple.

The priest rid Emperor Kameyama of the gost by merely performing Zazen meditations without reciting a single sutra.

The emperor was deeply moved by this demonstration of the priest's virtue and subsequently became became his disciple,giving himself the name Hoo("Great Priest").He later converted his villa into zen temple and dedicated it to Daiminkokushi.These events took place in Hoo's later years ; the priest died before the coversation of the villa was complete.It was left for a priest named Kiansoen,the successor of Daiminkokushi.to finish the work and inaugurate the zen temple. For this reason little credit for the task is given to Daiminkokushi himself.In 1336 Kokakushiren,the 15th chief priest of Nanzen Ji Temple,asked the retired Emperor Kogon for permission to construct a building commemorating the founding of the temple by Daiminkokushi.Construction on the building was completed in the following year(1337),hence the opening of the Tenjyuan.

Tenjyuan,however ,was destroyed in the Nanzenji conflagration of 1447 .Nor was the temple spared destraction by fire during the Onin War ( 1467-1477). More then 130 years passed before the temple was finally reconstructed.

Many of the temples destroyed by wars were reconstructed in the last quarter of the 16th century,when Japan enjoyed a period of political stability. The priests of Nanzenji agreed that the Tenjyuan be reconstructed by one of the most famous Zen priests of Kyoto,Genporeisan.He appointed Ungakureikei chief priest of the Tenjyuan ,and asked the daimyo Hosokawa Yusei to finance the enterprise.Thanks to generous contribution of Hosokawa,the reconstruction of the Main Hall,the Main Gate,and the old study was completed in August ,1602.These are the Tenjyuan buildings that stand today.

The garden consists of the front ,or eastern,garden of the Main Hall, and the southern garden near the Study.

 

The eastern garden is a rock garden. A geometrically designed stone footpath embedded in white sand and moss connects the Main Hall with the Maingate. This footpath was made 1338 after the original construction of the Tenjyuan.

The other ,shorter stone footpath leading to Yusai's mausoleum was made after Yusai's death in1610.

 

The layout of the southern garden clearly illustrates the characteristics of late 14th century landscaping.The two central islands in particular epitomize this style. A long penninsula extending from the study and a smaller penninsula extending from the other side meet to form a curling clasp,creating an eastern and western pond.The shorelines of the two ponds so divided are thus varied.

The eastern pond is smaller than the other and has a slopping bank.In addition to this landscaping technique,the arrangement of rocks near the waterfall indicates that the garden was made around the time of the construction of the Tenjyuan in 1337.

- Tenjyuan

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Location : Tonomine Plateau , Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

     

location : Rokuonji-temple ( Kinkaku) Kyoto-city,Kyoto prefecture, Japan

 

京都 鹿苑寺 金閣

 

Kinkaku(The Golden Pavilion)is a shariden,a Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha.The pavilion is a part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji( 鹿苑寺),but commonly called Kinkakuji-Temple(金閣寺),or Temple of Golden Pavilion.Rokuon-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple,in the Shokokuji School of the Rinzai Sect(臨済宗相国寺派)

 

This area was originally the site of a villa called Kitayama-dai( 北山第)and owned by statesman,Saionji Kintsune( 西園寺公経). Ashikaga Yoshimitsu,the 3rd Shogun)(三代将軍足利義満) of the Muromachi piriod( 室町時代),took a liking to the area and acquired it from the Saionji family in 1937.He then build his own villa,which he named Kitayama-den( 北山殿)

 

The garden and buildings,centered on the Golden Pavilion,were said to represent the Pure Land of Buddha in the world(極楽浄土).The villa also functioned as an official guesthouse,welcoming Emperor Gokomatsu-Father of Zen teacher,Ikkyu-( 一休禅師の父後小松天皇)and other members of the nobility.Trade with China prospered during the Muromachi period, and the villa reached its height of glory as the heart of what become known as Kitayama Culture( 北山文化).

 

After Yoshimitsu died,in keeping with his will,the villa was converted into a temple be the priest Muso-kokjshi( 夢窓国師),who become the first abbot(開山:最初の住職).The temple's name ,Rokuon-ji,was derived from the name Yoshimitsu was given for the next world,Rokuon-in-den.

 

In 1994,Rokuon-ji Temple was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. - www.kinkaku-ji.or.jp

   

location : Kyoyochi Pond ,Ryoanji temple ,UNESCO World Heritage Site , Kyoto city , Kyoto Prefecture ,Japan

 

京都 龍安寺 鏡容池

 

Kyoyochi means "Mirror shaped" in Japanese

 

Kyoyochi Pond located on the left of the precincts is a kind of the Chisen Kaiyu style garden 池泉回遊式庭園 ,a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond.

 

This pond was made in the late 12th century,and has been very famous for the beauty of lotuses and mandarin ducks since then.

 

Gokayama (五箇山) is an area within the city of Nanto in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its traditional gasshō-zukuri houses, alongside nearby Shirakawa-gō in Gifu Prefecture. The survival of this traditional architectural style is attributed to the region's secluded location in the upper reaches of the Shōgawa river. This is also the reason that Gokayama's lifestyle and culture remained very traditional for many years after the majority of the country had modernized. Many of the houses easily surpass 300 years in age.

 

The Gokayama region includes the former villages of Taira, Kamitaira, and Toga.The gasshō hamlet of Ainokura is located in Taira, while that of Suganuma is in Kamitaira;both are nationally designated Historic Sites.

-wikipedia

 

whc.unesco.org/en/list/734

A Bokusaiga- painting in my photography- 墨彩画の世界

  

location : Kyoyochi Pond ,Ryoanji temple ,UNESCO World Heritage Site , Kyoto city , Kyoto Prefecture ,Japan

 

京都 龍安寺 鏡容池

 

Kyoyochi means "Mirror shaped" in Japanese

 

Kyoyochi Pond located on the left of the precincts is a kind of the Chisen Kaiyu style garden 池泉回遊式庭園 ,a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond.

 

This pond was made in the late 12th century,and has been very famous for the beauty of lotuses and mandarin ducks since then.

 

location : Matsumoto city,Nagano prefecture,Japan

 

Matsumoto Castle (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) is one of Japan's premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle.[1] The building is also known as the "Crow Castle" (烏城 Karasu-jō) due to its black exterior. It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain. It is located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture and is within easy reach of Tokyo by road or rail.

 

The keep (tenshukaku), which was completed in the late sixteenth century, maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework. It is listed as a National Treasure of Japan.[1]

 

Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (hirajiro) because it is not built on a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain.[1] Its complete defences would have included an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats, and gatehouses. -wikipedia

 

El castillo Matsumoto (松本城 Matsumoto-jō) es un castillo japonés localizado en la ciudad de Matsumoto, en la prefectura de Nagano. Su construcción data de la era Sengoku, cuando fue construido como un fuerte bajo el nombre de Castillo Fukashi.

 

En 1872, siguiendo la Restauración Meiji, el castillo fue vendido en una subasta, y corrió el riesgo de ser desmantelado.

 

El castillo Matsumoto es considerado como Tesoro Nacional de Japón y es uno de los cuatro castillos de construcción original en serlo.

 

También conocido como Castillo de los Cuervos por el color negro de sus muros, es uno de los mayores exponentes del arte hirajiro.

 

Está situado en la llanura de Matsumoto, tierras pantanosas que obligaron a los constructores a hacer muy sólidas las estructuras, que se usaron para ello largos maderos fijos en el suelo. Fue construido por Toyotomi Hideyoshi entre 1594 y 1597 y su altura alcanza 30 metros, con seis plantas. Está apoyado sobre muros de piedra de 7 metros que, originariamente, tenían un amplio foso bajo ellos. Las dos torres de vigilancia del ala izquierda fueron construidas en 1635, pero todo el conjunto, en general, testimonia el periodo de paz instaurado por el shogunato Tokugawa tras la derrota de los seguidores de Toyotomi en la batalla de Sekigahara y la muerte en el sitio de Osaka de Toyotomi Hideyori en 1615. Es el periodo del paso de los castillos militares a lugares-símbolo y de prestigio. La alternancia de bandas blancas y negras a lo largo de los muros, junto al elegante tejado, dan a toda la estructura una gran armonía. Desde su torre de cinco pisos se disfruta de las vistas que ofrece el fértil valle. - wikipedia

 

Le château de Matsumoto (松本城, Matsumoto-jō?) est l'un des châteaux historiques du Japon. Situé dans la ville de Matsumoto, dans la préfecture de Nagano, à proximité de Tokyo, son attrait touristique est très fort. Il est surnommé « le corbeau » en raison de sa couleur noire. -wikipedia

 

Die Burg Matsumoto (jap. 松本城, Matsumoto-jō) ist eine Japanische Burg. Sie befindet sich in Matsumoto in der Präfektur Nagano. Die leichte Erreichbarkeit aus Tokio macht sie zu einem beliebten Touristenziel innerhalb Japans.

 

Die Burg wird wegen der schwarzen Farbe und den „ausgebreiteten Flügel“ auch manchmal Krähenburg (烏城, karasujō) genannt. Sie ist ein gutes Beispiel für eine Niederungsburg, da sie nicht auf einem Berg gebaut wurde.

Die Ursprünge der Burg gehen zurück auf die Sengoku-Zeit (Zeit der streitenden Reiche). Zu der Zeit baute der Ogasawara-Klan eine Festung namens Fukashi-jō (深志城) auf dem Gebiet. Später kam sie unter die Herrschaft von Takeda Shingen und schließlich Tokugawa Ieyasu.Als Toyotomi Hideyoshi Ieyasu in die Kantō-Gegend verlegte, wurde Ishikawa Kazumasa sein Nachfolger in Matsumoto. Kazumasa und sein Sohn Yasunagana erweiterten in den folgenden Jahren die Festung zu einer Burg und bauten den Turm und andere Teile der heutigen Anlage.

 

1872, nach der Meiji-Restauration, wurde das Hauptgebäude auf einer Auktion verkauft und konnte nur durch die Kooperation von Einwohnern aus Matsumoto vor der Demontage verschont werden.

 

Als eine der wenigen noch original erhaltenen Burgen ist sie Teil des offiziellen Nationalschatzes Japans -wikipedia

  

location : Kyoyochi Pond ,Ryoanji temple ,UNESCO World Heritage Site , Kyoto city , Kyoto Prefecture ,Japan

 

京都 龍安寺 鏡容池

 

Kyoyochi means "Mirror shaped" in Japanese

 

Kyoyochi Pond located on the left of the precincts is a kind of the Chisen Kaiyu style garden 池泉回遊式庭園 ,a style of Japanese garden with a path around a central pond.

 

This pond was made in the late 12th century,and has been very famous for the beauty of lotuses and mandarin ducks since then.

 

American Bullfrog, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Black-crowned Night Heron with Bluegill (Sunny), Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Zen Practice Room – Shicchu 室中

 

locatiion : Daitokuji Temple Ryogenin, Kyoto city , Kyoro Prefecture,Japan

 

大徳寺 龍源院 方丈

 

Located in the centre of Hojo*,this is where the resistant abbot expounded on the Dharma principles of Zen Buddhism,or gave Dahma talks.

At times, ceremonies and the memorials were held here as well.

The inner area is called the Shinzen 真前(Front of the Truth),and images of Masters Linji and Tokei,along with other objects,are enshrined here.

We attend to them as if they are still live here, and we hold fast to the first teaching of Zen Buddhism,Ho-on Sha-toku 報恩謝得( display gratitude for the kindness and virtue shown to us)

 

The illustration of the dragons and waves on the sliding partitions are in the Nanga Style南画(painting of Chinese landscape s by Japanese literati) from the early Edo period( early 17th century),but the identity of the artist is unknown.

- Ryogen-in

 

Hojo ( abbot's quarters) - constracted in 1502,during the Muromachi period .

   

Black-crowned Night Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Little flower looking outside at the world.

Macro view at the steam and petals.

Lightning strikes captured with iPhone 5 using app iLightningCam.

Wood Duck ducklings, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Gray Catbird with berries, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Black-crowned Night Heron with Bluegill, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Mother Limpkin and baby, Lake Mirror, Lakeland, Florida

Green Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Anhinga (immature female), Shipyard, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Black-crowned Night Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Wishing You and Yours all the Best for the Holidays..***

  

location : Kobe city,Hyogo prefecture,Japan

 

Since the official opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, Kobe has flourished as an international port city ,which in 2017 will celebrate it's 150th anniversary of opening.

 

Kobe Harbour ( port of Kobe) :

The Port of Kobe located at a foothill of the range of Mount Rokkō is a Japanese maritime port in Kobe, Hyōgo in the greater Osaka area, backgrounded by the Hanshin Industrial Region. In 1970s the port boasted it handled the most containers in the world.

The Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake on January 1995 destroyed the port seriously and halted much of the facilities and services there ,but has recovered its facilities in two years. and It remains Japan's busiest container port.

 

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Downy Woodpecker (male), Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Black-crowned Night Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Costa's Hummingbird (adult male), Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Henderson, Nevada

Green Heron in the duckweed-covered canal, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Title lyrics from the song Hot Hot Hot by Arrow.

Red-winged Blackbird (female), Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Black-crowned Night Heron, Alligator Breeding Marsh and Wading Bird Rookery, Gatorland, Orlando, Florida

Wood Duck (male), Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Green Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Snowy Egret with breeding plumage and lores, Alligator Breeding Marsh and Wading Bird Rookery, Gatorland, Orlando, Florida

Black-crowned Night Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Title quote by R. H. Sin.

Complex situation....where to look.... do you have enough eyes ?

Downy Woodpecker (male), Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Green Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Black-capped Chickadee, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

location : Azusa River ,Kamikochi ,Matsumoto city,Nagano prefecture,Japan

altitude : 1,500m (4,921 ft) high

  

Kamikōchi (上高地 Upper Highlands) is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountains range, in the western region of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

 

It has been preserved in its natural state within Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. It is designated as one of Japan's National Cultural Assets, on the list of Special Natural Monuments and Special Places of Scenic Beauty.

Kamikōchi is a high mountain valley approximately 18 kilometers in length. The average elevation of the valley floor ranges between roughly 1,400 m (4,600 ft) above sea level at the south end and roughly 1,600 m (5,200 ft) at the northern tip.

 

Kamikōchi is located in the Hida Mountains, the "Northern Alps" of the Japanese Alps. The surrounding mountains reach 3,190 m (10,470 ft). Kamikōchi is bordered on its northern end by Mount Hotaka, and on its southern end by Mount Yake, an active volcano.

 

The Azusa River flows the length of the valley, filling Lake Taishō at the base of Mt. Yake. Lake Taishō received its name because it was formed by the eruption of Mt. Yake in 1915, which was part of the Taishō period in Japan.

 

Because of the relatively flat topography of the Kamikochi Valley, marshes and ponds are a common feature, including the Takezawa Marsh, Tashiro Pond, and Myojin Pond. As the waters are mainly from melted snow runoff or underground aquifers, the water temperature is cold, even in the height of summer. The Tokusawa area at the far northern end of the valley served as a grazing area for horses and cattle until 1934, when the area was completely integrated into the park.

 

-wikipedia

 

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Tree Swallow, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Green Heron, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Chipmunk, Wildwood Lake, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

location: Mt.Rokko,Hyogo prefecture,Japan

  

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location :Former Omuro Imperial Palace / World Heritage site Ninnaji Temple ,Kyoto city ,Kyoto Prefecture Japan

 

Hokutei (North Garden) viewing from Shinden

 

Ninna-ji (仁和寺 Ninna-ji) is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. Located in western Kyoto, Japan, it was founded in AD 888 by the retired Emperor Uda. It is part of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto", a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ninna-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 886, Emperor Kōkō ordered the construction of the Nishiyama Goganji Temple to bless the nation and propagate Buddhist teachings, but he did not live to see its completion. Emperor Uda saw the construction to its completion in 888 and named it "Ninna" after the regnal year of the late Emperor Kōkō's reign. From 888 to 1869 it was traditional for reigning Emperors to send a son to the temple to take over as head priest when a vacancy arose.

 

After retiring from his throne, Emperor Uda became the first Monzeki, or aristocratic priest, of Ninna-ji. From then on until the end of the Edo period, the temple saw a succession of head priests of imperial lineage.

 

In 1467, the temple was destroyed by fire and fighting in the Ōnin War. It was rebuilt roughly 150 year later, thanks to the eldest son of Emperor Go-Yōzei, Kakushin Hosshinnō, who enlisted the help of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. The resurrection coincided with the rebuilding of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto and thus received imperial funding.

 

The tradition of having aristocratic or persons of imperial lineage serve as chief of the temple ended with the 30th Monzeki, Junnin Hosshinnō in the late Edo period.

 

Most of the surviving buildings date from the 17th century, and include a five-story pagoda and an orchard of dwarf cherry trees. The temple itself features some beautifully painted screen walls, and a beautiful walled garden.

- wikipedia

   

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