I am a Buddhist monk who lives in Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan.
I will write the thing and events that seen in the day-to-day life in a short sentence.
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- 1 Pollen accumulates on Engawa "縁側".
- 2 Illegal dumping prohibition signboard.
- 3 Buddhist altar in the Japanese home.
- 4 Maple's autumn leaves are also in spring.
- 5 Dandelion blooms.
- 6 Imperial envoy gate of Zentsuji Temple.
- 7 April 8 is Buddha's birthday.
- 8 The entrance and the screen.
- 9 Camellia flower "椿" in the vase.
- 10 Tomorrow's memorial service preparation.
- 11 April Fools' Day. What about it?
- 12 Yoshino cherry tree is in full bloom.
- 13 Mugwort mochi is often eaten in the spring.
- 14 Plant called narcissus. Japanese name Suisen"水仙".
- 15 Hakama is a traditional pants of Japan.
- 16 Higan is the only Buddhist holiday in Japan.
- 17 Dekopon: fruits characteristic of protrusions.
- 18 Pine resin dirty hands.
- 19 Cherry blossoms with strong aromas bloomed.
Pollen accumulates on Engawa "縁側".
In Japan, from March it will be many scattering of pollen.
In Japan there is space to walk outside the building to move. The space is called En "縁" or Engawa "縁側".
This place is always dirty at the time of pollen scattering.
April 21, 2018
Illegal dumping prohibition signboard.
It is forbidden to throw away garbage waste on its own in places such as forests, coasts, rivers, roads and parks.
It is stipulated by Japanese law. In addition, each local government has its own ordinance stipulated.
The above picture is a signboard banning the illegal dumping of the city next to me.
The garbage thrown outdoors will destroy the environment and will further attract people who throw away garbage.
April 19, 2018
Buddhist altar in the Japanese home.
Japanese houses have a Buddhist altar "仏壇". (There are also cases where there are no Buddhist altars in the recent house.)
In modern times there is also a research report that there is a Buddhist altar in approximately 40% of the house.
The above photo is a Buddhist altar of Buddhist denomination called Jodo Shinsyu "浄土真宗".
It is this space that devised so that even a person who can not go to a temple can pray to the Buddha at home.
Recently the compact size of about 50 cm in length / width / depth is becoming popular.
April 17, 2018
Maple's autumn leaves are also in spring.
Tourists enjoy the Autumn scenery in Japan with the autumn colors of the trees.
In Japan, the state where the color of leaves discolors in autumn is called Kouyou "紅葉".
On the other hand, 紅葉 Kanji also reads Momiji "紅葉". And the term Momiji is pointing to plant maple in general in Japan. The Japanese expresses that maple as Kaede "楓".
It will be confusing, but it is an image like the following.
[ 紅葉 Kouyou ] ≠ [ Momiji 紅葉 ] ≈ [ Kaede 楓 ]
When you come to Spring Japan, please look at the red maple "楓" that was stained red with a different taste from autumn leaves.
April 15, 2018
Dandelion was blooming in a nearby park.
Japan has its own dandelion varieties, and the dandelion in this picture is probably one of them.
Even in the summer hot August, most of the seasons are in bloom, taraxacum officinale.
Dandelion of Japan is also a strong life force, but It will flower only during the spring season.
April 13, 2018
Imperial envoy gate of Zentsuji Temple.
Kagawa prefecture has a temple where Kukai (空海) was born. That name is Zentsuji-Temple (善通寺).
The gate of the photo above is Chokushi-mon Gate (勅使門).
It is a place where special people such as emperor's messenger can pass.
There is a fence just in front of the lower right bridge. Also the gate is closed. It is a gate that can not be used usually.
April 11, 2018
April 8 is Buddha's birthday.
In Japan, it is considered the birthday of Buddha on April 8.
We call Hana-matsuri "花まつり" the day to celebrate that birthday.
If you translate directly into English, that name is a flower festival. But not a festival celebrating the flower.
The name of Hana-matsuri was proposed by Jodo Shinshu monk around 100 years ago and it is derived from what has spread.
April 9, 2018
The entrance and the screen.
This photo is the room following the entrance.
There is a screen in the front. This is furniture called " 衝立 / Tsuitate " in Japan.
It is used to make it clearly invisible from the outdoors.
However, it will not be placed on a daily basis, but only for special occasions.
I mainly use it when inviting guests.
April 7, 2018
Camellia flower "椿" in the vase.
Camellia is a flower of Japanese origin.
It was widely used as lumber and oil, and it was used for various purposes.
It appeared in Manyoshu " 万葉集 " in the second half of the 7th century in Japan.
In Kanji, Camellia flower " 椿 " consists of " tree (木) " and " spring (春) ". Therefore, it is also a plant that expresses the season of spring.
April 5, 2018
Tomorrow's memorial service preparation.
April 4 tomorrow there is a Buddhist event in my temple.
This picture is the state of the decoration.
This space is a place to worship the Buddha, and monks will sit tomorrow.
By the way, this Buddhist memorial service name is spring Eitaikyo-Houyou ' 春季永代経法要 '.
April 3, 2018
April Fools' Day. What about it?
In Japan too April 1 is famous for April Fools Day.
Although it is a day when lies are allowed, in Japan it has been believed to be okay day even lying.
I am thinking as follows.
Although humans lie to a greater or lesser extent, they can not afford to be forgiven on April 1 alone.
Is not it painful to forcibly lie to entertain others.
I feel April Fools' Day is a barren day.
April 1, 2018
Yoshino cherry tree is in full bloom.
Yoshino cherry tree ' Somei-yoshino' is now in full bloom in my live in the region
As the temperature warmed suddenly in March of 2018, it bloomed faster than usual.
Normally, it will bloom around today.
But this year is early flowering about one week.
March 29, 2018
Mugwort mochi is often eaten in the spring.
Mugwort is a Japanese herb growing in the natural field.
In Japan, it has been eaten since ancient because it is effective for all kinds of diseases.
Yomogi-mochi "ヨモギ餅" mixed with mugwort leaves in dumplings can be eaten often in the spring even in this age.
By the way, I like to eat toasted from this state.
March 27, 2018
Plant called narcissus. Japanese name Suisen"水仙".
Narcissus has been favored from the old era in Japan.
Since the bloom from November to April is known as the flower to tell the spring.
There are people who eat mistakenly as a chinese chive, so every year food poisoning patients occur. One person has died in the past 10 years.
Because it is a fragrant flower, it is made into entrance flowers and toilet flowers.
March 25, 2018
Hakama is a traditional pants of Japan.
The photo above is the hakama that I own.
The shape of contemporary hakama is said to have been completed in the Kamakura period (800 years ago from now).
However, there are also many types of hakama such as Budou-hakama used for Judo and Aikido, Onna-hakama for women to wear, Zashiki-hakama for wearing on tatami room.
Since I am a Buddhist monk, I will wear a hakama for the above photo at special occasions. The material is different from general hakama, and the crest is also designed.
By the way, traditional kimono has formal folding method.
March 23, 2018
Higan is the only Buddhist holiday in Japan.
At present, there are 16 Public holidays in Japan. （Exceptionally it will be 15 pieces only in 2019.)
But Buddhist holidays are only the day of the vernal equinox and autumn equinox.
Because Higan is the customs peculiar to Japan, it is the period in which the respect for ancestors and nature.
However, many Japanese people misunderstand that the Higan is the day to go to the tomb.
March 21, 2018
Dekopon: fruits characteristic of protrusions.
The photo above is a fruit named Dekopon in Japan.
It is a kind of a very famous citrus in Japan.
Dekopon is the trademark registration name of the Kumamoto Prefecture Fruit Agricultural Cooperative Federation.
If characteristic protrusion is not definite and sugar content is not more than 13 degrees, it can not be called Dekopon "デコポン".
By the way, if it does not meet the criteria, it remains Shiranuhi "不知火" of the breed name. Shiranuhi is the name of the town that once was in the Kumamoto Prefecture.
March 19, 2018
Pine resin dirty hands.
When pine pruning is done, the pine resin comes out from the cut surface.
Pine resin dirty hands and clothes, even if washed carefully does not fall cleanly.
The rosin is because there is a sticky.
Therefore I wear work gloves and work clothes when pruning pines.
March 17, 2018
Cherry blossoms with strong aromas bloomed.
Nehan-sakura cherry tree of my garden is now in full bloom on March 15, 2018.
The coldness of winter was severe this year, but in March it got warm suddenly and the blooming faster than usual.
It is ephemeral life because the cherry blossoms fall in about a week.
By the way Zentsuji-Temple is famous for sightseeing spots of Nehan Sakura.
March 15, 2018