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September 26, 2010

Rice fields just before harvest in Yoshimi Town, Saitama

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Red spider lilies at the side of the cycling road along the Arakawa River

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September 22, 2010

"hagi" in Mukoujima Hyakkaen Garden (向島百花園の萩)

According to the weather forecast, this unseasonably hot weather ends today, but... it's too hot like midsummer!
I went to Mukojima Hyakkaen Garden to go through the tunnel of "hagi (Japanese bush clover)".  Flowers have just begun to bloom.

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In another part of the garden, "hagi" were in full bloom.

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September 19, 2010

The annual festival of Hachiman shrine

The annual festival was held at the shrine in my neighborhood.  "Mikoshi" of 13 block associations gathered in front of the shrine.  Then, each mikoshi passed through the "torii" gate to visit the shrine one after another.  A lot of people gathered in the shrine, enjoying spirited mikoshi parade.

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"Mikoshi" parading along Jizo-dori street

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September 17, 2010

Scarecraws in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

There is a small rice field in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden.  scarecraws made by children are standing.  One of them is modeled on Mito Komon .

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But they seems to be less-helpful.  Sparrows are picking at preharvest rice ears.

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September 06, 2010

Trying "sya-kyo" (写経)

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I tried "sya-kyo (写経)" at "Koya-san cafe" in Marunouchi.
I went there after 1 p.m. and I could make a reservation for 3 p.m.  But unfortunatelly, I got a bloody nose suddenly just when my turn had come.  I had to take a rest to stop bleeding.
I could start "sya-kyo" at 4 p.m. It was the first time for me to copy surta by hand.  Before and after "sya-kyo", we chanted a Buddhist sutra acccoring to a Buddhist monk's instructions.  Although my legs have completely gone numb, it was a valuable experience.

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