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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目次 - Contents
- 1 Rendai: There is a lotus pedestal at the feet of the Buddha
- 2 The appearance of my Enryuji Temple in the summer
- 3 Heisei's biggest heavy rain damage
- 4 Shosho (小暑) the sign of the end of the rainy season
- 5 Chataku is a tea bowl saucer
- 6 July 4th is a day that Takamatsu people should never forget
- 7 How to identify immature and ripe blueberries
- 8 Website to convey the charm of Takamatsu's bonsai
- 9 Fifa World Cup Qualifier: Game of Japan that was not interesting
- 10 Blueberry coloring blue in June
- 11 Japanese confectionery is a sweet that produces a sense of the season
- 12 Hot spring facilities transform into cafe? No Joke!!
- 13 Water hyacinth bloomed on the water.
- 14 Father's Day. On the third Sunday in June in Japan.
- 15 Peach's direct sales place is opened in Hazan town (飯山町).
- 16 I appreciate the bonsai (盆栽).
- 17 Tragic incident in the shinkansen.
- 18 An annual commemorative day, called Time Day.
- 19 Zabuton is a Japanese cushion for sitting.
- 20 Hydrangea is popular in modern times.
- 21 Harvest of loquats in the garden is continuing.
- 22 Arched bridge is often installed in Japanese garden.
- 23 How do foreigners feel that many Japanese people do not speak English?
- 24 Rainy season "Tsuyu / 梅雨" earlier than usual.
- 25 Introduction of Koshoji temple sightseeing 2 points.
- 26 Jodo Shinshu Koshoji-Temple in Kyoto.
- 27 How to plant seedless watermelon.
- 28 Why red color of Japan's tombstones?
- 29 Do you know the deepest well in Japan?
- 30 Planting summer vegetables in May.
- 31 Japanese manholes are rich in variations.
- 32 Koi-Nobori: carp-shaped streamers.
- 33 Sanuki no Yume: Wheat with a dream of Kagawa prefecture was put in.
- 34 Rin "鈴" : Buddhist tools needed for chanting.
- 35 Sowing of Sago palm.
- 36 Kouji: Japanese food uses rice-malt.
- 37 Elderly driver's driving mark.
- 38 Early May is in the midst of the Golden Week.
- 39 Event to celebrate the birth of Buddha.
- 40 Japanese dandelion seeds.
- 41 Three monkeys to close the Eye, Mouth, Ear.
- 42 Sago palm seeds in my garden.
- 43 Pollen accumulates on Engawa "縁側".
- 44 Illegal dumping prohibition signboard.
- 45 Buddhist altar in the Japanese home.
- 46 Maple's autumn leaves are also in spring.
- 47 Dandelion blooms.
- 48 Imperial envoy gate of Zentsuji Temple.
- 49 April 8 is Buddha's birthday.
- 50 The entrance and the screen.
- 51 Camellia flower "椿" in the vase.
- 52 Tomorrow's memorial service preparation.
- 53 April Fools' Day. What about it?
- 54 Yoshino cherry tree is in full bloom.
- 55 Mugwort mochi is often eaten in the spring.
- 56 Plant called narcissus. Japanese name Suisen"水仙".
- 57 Hakama is a traditional pants of Japan.
- 58 Higan is the only Buddhist holiday in Japan.
- 59 Dekopon: fruits characteristic of protrusions.
- 60 Pine resin dirty hands.
- 61 Cherry blossoms with strong aromas bloomed.
Rendai: There is a lotus pedestal at the feet of the Buddha
Rendai is lotus-shaped pedestal for images of the buddha. Lotus flowers are important flowers in Buddhism. Lotus symbolizes the Buddha's mercy and wisdom from extending the stem from the muddy and making beautiful flowers bloom on the water. Lotus flowers are represented not only in Buddha statue but also in Buddhist painting and name of a or the Buddha (Myogo/名号).
The appearance of my Enryuji Temple in the summer
At the end of the rainy season, thunder or the weather will ruin. However, when the rainy season ends, the temperature rises rapidly, and the day more than 30 degrees continues everyday.
The picture shows the summer of my temple. The trees are dark green and the sky is shining white. Furthermore, the voice of the cicadas sounds lively.
Heisei's biggest heavy rain damage
This year's Western Japan was hit by the biggest heavy rain in recent decades. After typhoon 7 hit July 3, it rained intensely like every day. The Meteorological Agency issued a "heavy rain special warning", but a massive damage resulted from the occurrence of debris flow and the destruction of the river.
It was 30 years since the era of Heisei Emperor, but as a heavy rain disaster that put out more than 100 people dead, Heisei's biggest heavy rain suffered damage. Even now, the victims are in trouble due to blackouts, communication problems, water cutoff, etc.
Shosho (小暑) the sign of the end of the rainy season
In Japan now, July 7th is famous for the day of the Tanabata (七夕), but it is also Shosho (小暑) day.
The Shosho is a character meaning a small heat. In other words, the rainy season is about to end, the summer is getting closer and the heat gradually gets hotter. It is raining hard today, but the rainy season will be over if this is over.
Chataku is a tea bowl saucer
When I went to the cafe the other day, a cute tea bowl saucer appeared. In Japan, the coaster under the tea cup is called Chataku (茶托).
We will prepare the coaster for the guests without using it in daily life. The coaster of this cafe was hand sewn, designing a cat. I felt very unusual, so I took a picture.
July 4th is a day that Takamatsu people should never forget
July 4 is the day there was a Takamatsu air raid. More than 100 B-29 bombers bombed about 2 hours from 2:56 am on July 4, 1945. The number of people who died was 1359, and the damage such as losing the house was 86,400 people. About 80% of Takamatsu city area has become scorched.
Yesterday there was a ceremony for the memorial of 73 years. Experiences of war are aging and the memories of war are about to cease. According to the story of survivors, it seems that the sun seemed dark brown on that morning. With a desire for peace, we must tell the memories of war to future generations.
How to identify immature and ripe blueberries
Some people may feel blueberries are not sweet and not delicious. But it is because they eat immature state. Blueberries in an immature state are strongly sour and are hard to eat in raw.
As a common misunderstanding, the state in which the fruit is colored in blue is not a good time to eat. It is not sweet yet. Let's wait another few days.
This image is what I made. In the state of ②, the harvest is still early and the state of ③ where the root of the fruit is dyed purple is the best timing. By the way, ④ in over-ripe state feels strong sweetness, but I can not recommend it because it becomes a blurred flavor.
I wrote an article about how to know the maturity of blueberry from color change, so please read it if you do not mind.→『How to pick sweet (not sour) and delicious blueberries』
Website to convey the charm of Takamatsu's bonsai
Takamatsu Bonsai has a history of 200 years and is one of the leading bonsai production areas throughout the country. Due to the beauty of bonsai and the high technology, it is now exported to Europe and Asian countries.
Kagawa Prefecture Bonsai Production Promotion Council has created a new multilingual website to appeal to bonsai worldwide. Its name is "Creative BONSAI Takamatsu Bonsai (高松盆栽)". Currently it corresponds to English, Japanese and Chinese. History and charm of bonsai, how to enjoy, and sightseeing spots are introduced. It seems to strive to enhance the information little by little in the future.
Fifa World Cup Qualifier: Game of Japan that was not interesting
Today the Japan national football team decided to advance to the finals tournament. But Japan is not so much as if it gets excited.
The reason is that the Japanese team lost the preliminary final game. And the losing Japanese team earned time by pass the ball.
The losing team does not attack and the attitude to actively consume time is not very interesting. The weak Japan may be the goal to go through qualifying, but how did the person looking at the game feel?
Incidentally, according to the survey of Yahoo Japan 's consciousness (about the pass at the end of the game) as of the next day of the game, 50% of people evaluate, 45% do not evaluate.
Blueberry coloring blue in June
Blueberry fruit is popular in Japan. However, it likes acidic soil, and it is difficult to cultivate in Japan's temperate climate.
I majored in fruit science at Kagawa university so I managed to harvest somehow while being amateur. Japan is now in the rainy season, but a delicious high bush blueberry has colored and can be harvested.
Japanese confectionery is a sweet that produces a sense of the season
Japanese confectioneries (Wagashi / 和菓子) are Japanese traditional sweets. It does not use much dairy products such as milk, compared with Western sweets.
Although the history of Japanese sweets is old for over 1,000 years ago, it has been around 700 years ago when it became the current form. One of the characteristics of Japanese sweets is that you can feel the seasonal feeling. It is attractive not only to taste but also to be enjoyable visually.
For example, the Japanese sweets in the photo express fruit of loquat on the left and hydrangea on the right. Both are Japanese scenery seen in June of the rainy season.
Hot spring facilities transform into cafe? No Joke!!
It has been 150 years since the adoption of Western culture in the Meiji era, 70 years since World War II passed. There are no people born in the 1800s in Japan anymore, and people before the war are getting less.
We see only new developments, old-fashioned townscape is being lost. However, recently there has been activities to review and use the goodness of Old-Japan. They refurbish old buildings and try to attract young people and foreigners.
For example, please look at the next photo.
This building was built 100 years ago and has been loved by people in Tadotsu town under the name Shimizu Onsen (清水温泉). But it was closed over 40 years ago due to the population decline. However, in order to regain former bustle in town, it revived as a cafe. Of course the building renovates leaving traces of hot springs.
The skeleton (pillar and wall) of the building is used as it is. In addition, the building has used a bathtub that people once enjoyed bathing as a cafe table.
Such activities are not only partly but also throughout Japan. It is renovated old palace house, and it is utilized also as a meal place and accommodation place. This is why more buildings with different appearance and contents are increasing.
Water hyacinth bloomed on the water.
I have medaka fish (メダカ) as pets. Medaka is a small and cute creature like Guppy. In Japan it is common to prepare aquatic plants (aquarium plants) when keeping waterside creatures. I am floating water hyacinth in water.
The flowers were blooming today. I shot a lot in commemoration. The flower blooming ornamental aquatic plants are not much in Japan.
Father's Day. On the third Sunday in June in Japan.
In Japan, the third Sunday in June is Father's Day. Father's day is a day to express appreciation to my father.
Americans will know this day. Because Father's Day is because of American origin.
In Japan, it feels like being promoted commercially like Valentine's Day and Christmas, so father's day will not get much excited.
Peach's direct sales place is opened in Hazan town (飯山町).
Hanzan in the Kagawa Prefecture Marugame is the largest peach producing area in Shikoku. Production is small in terms of the nation, but it is superior in quality due to the warm climate of the Setouchi Region and greenhouse cultivation.
Peach of Hanzan will be harvested until late July from mid-May. It is popular because we can buy good tasty peach of low price and freshness in the direct sale place.
I appreciate the bonsai (盆栽).
Kagawa that I live in is a prefecture famous for bonsai.
A typical bonsai plant is pine, but in reality there are various kinds of bonsai such as maple and persimmon. Bonsai is attractive in expressing the natural landscape in pots and sometimes added as an accent in the garden.
Tragic incident in the shinkansen.
A tragic incident occurred on June 9 on the Shinkansen (japan's bullet train).
22-year-old man who was wielding the hatchet has killed one person man, inflicting injuries to two women.
In Japan, ordinary people can not possess guns, so a mass murder case is unlikely to occur, but people who have a mental illness like this time can also cause horrible incidents. It seems that the criminal of this time bought a weapon on the day of the incident.
The well‐informed people suggests to do random baggage inspection even on the Shinkansen. That seems to be a deterrent to crime.
An annual commemorative day, called Time Day.
June 10th is an annual commemorative day, called Time Day in Japan.
Why this day became a day to commemorate the time.
The bell of the clock rang first in Japan on this day.
This has been written in the oldest history book in Japan (Nihon Shoki/日本書紀). It is on June 10, 671.
By the way, history's oldest watch of Japan is a water clock that Emperor Tenji was let made in 660 years.
Zabuton is a Japanese cushion for sitting.
There are Zubuton "座布団" and Tatami "畳" in Japanese houses. Zabuton is a cushion under the buttock to sit on Tatami.
But you do not necessarily have to prepare a cushion when sitting. Besides, Zabuton is not a tool to do Yoga and Zen.
Correct usage of cushion, we prepare it when entertaining customers. In modern times Zabuton have become a natural sense to prepare, but originally it was the place where the superior person sits.
Hydrangea is popular in modern times.
Hydrangea will bloom in the rainy season (June-July) in Japan. It can be put on a vase in various colors.
There are two Tankas of hydrangea in Manyoshu "万葉集" (an ancient anthology of Japanese poems). Manyoshu is compiled about 1,200 years ago. It may seem that it was a popular plant for Japanese people since it was from such an ancient times, but in reality it may not be so.
That is because more than 4,500 have been introduced in Manyoshu, but only two are collected about hydrangeas. And for about 300 years thereafter, Tanka about Hydrangea did not appear in the book.
Harvest of loquats in the garden is continuing.
In Japan, production of loquat started from the Edo era.
It has been widely grown in warm places such as Okinawa and Kyushu and Shikoku, and it is easy to breed, so it is sometimes planted even in ordinary households.
Also at my house harvesting began last week. In open-field cultivation May and June are the harvest season.
Arched bridge is often installed in Japanese garden.
If you go to Japanese shrine, I think that often see the red color arch-shaped bridge. It is called Taiko-Bashi "太鼓橋" in Japan.
But, that bridge has been installed well in the Japanese garden since the old days.
Actually, the slope is strong and it is not enough as a function of the bridge. So why is this kind of bridge established in the Japanese garden?
It will for two reasons can be considered.
- It creates a change in the height of the walker's point of view and makes me feel the beauty of the Japanese garden that expresses the whole phenomenon.
- From ancient times Japanese people think that it is tasteful to see the moon reflected on the water surface without looking directly at the moon.
It is the Japanese garden that expresses the beauty, spatial spread and depth of nature, and people walking on this bridge feel it.
How do foreigners feel that many Japanese people do not speak English?
The Japanese people are not very good at speaking English. Therefore, even if a foreigner is in trouble, we can not call out easily.
I am also not good at English conversation. Especially, I do not have listening skills, I can not understand what the other party is talking about.
Many Japanese people are very friendly personality, I have a desire to interact with foreign people. On the other hand, the Japanese have a temperament to be afraid of shame.
Because the Japanese people would aspire to perfection and healthy,we hesitate to speak poor English to people using English in their daily lives.
Rainy season "Tsuyu / 梅雨" earlier than usual.
In Japan, the period called rainy season "tsuyu" starts from May to June.
Kanji called "Tsuyu/梅雨" consists of plum"梅" and rain"雨". This is because the rain falls at the time when the plum fruit ripens. Although there are other names and origins for the rainy season, children in Japan remember it with plum rain.
This rainy season started in May this year in Shikoku where I live. It is about a week earlier than usual. Tokyo also will be the rainy season as soon as in June.
This cloudy and rainy days continue from 50 days to 60 days.
Introduction of Koshoji temple sightseeing 2 points.
[The story of the continuation which went to Koshoji.]
Because Koshoji is the head temple, it has many sights. This time, I introduce two sightseeings.
Special door with head temple.
The above photo is the door of the tree at the building corner of the main hall "Hondo / 本堂".
This door is not usually used. It is not decoration either. Therefore, it will not be introduced in sightseeing books, too many Japanese people will not know about it.
It was around 30 years ago that this door was previously opened.
This special door will be used when head priest of temple formerly led by founder of sect dies and is going to be a funeral at this temple.
It is a door through which only the representatives of sects "門主" can pass.
Crest of Koshoji temple.
This is a crest representing Jodo Shinsho sect of Koshoji.
A crest is a symbol representing that house or temple.
The crest of Koshoji is a peony flower. It is an authoritative family crest after the chrysanthemums and paulownia which are the crests of the Imperial Family.
In fact, head priest of temple formerly led by founder of sect is Japanese imperial succession seventh, it is very close to the Imperial family.
Jodo Shinshu Koshoji-Temple in Kyoto.
I worshiped Koshoji-Temple "興正寺".
Kosyoji is the head temple of the Koshoji sect of Jodo Shinshu. Historic sect of Jodo Shinshu is 10, one of them is this temple. Koshoji is a temple in the south next to the Honganji "本願寺" (World Heritage Site).
Koshoji is a sect to which I belong, this time I went with my temple believers of about 20 members.
How to plant seedless watermelon.
Production of seedless watermelon is unpopular in Japan.
There are several reasons.
- Take time, labor and money to cultivate.
- Seedless has low productivity and high price.
- Watermelon with seeds is sweet and tasty better than seedless.
On the other hand, because it is expensive and rarity to buy, it is a popular plant in home garden.
Because seedless watermelon is triploid, pollen does not develop normally. Therefore we must plant together with the ordinary watermelon which is diploid. It is to help pollinate.
Farmers may plant ordinary varieties and seedless varieties at a ratio of 1 to 5 in order to increase production, but home gardeners plant at a ratio of 2 : 1.
Put the seedless between two watermelon with seed.
Why red color of Japan's tombstones?
The grave of Japan is similar to foreign countries, and build a stone as a symbol of the place where the dead were buried. However, the Japanese burial culture cremates the body and puts it in a tomb after making it into a bone state.
Have you noticed that red letters are engraved when observing Japanese tombstones?
Red color letter means "the name of the person who is alive now" and "the person who will enter this grave in the future". When it dies and enters the tomb, the red color is pulled out.
However, since this has nothing to do with the teachings of Buddhism, there are many areas that do not use red.
Do you know the deepest well in Japan?
Do you know where the deepest well in Japan is?
The answer is in Marugame Castle "丸亀城" of Marugame City, Kagawa Prefecture. The name of the well is Ni-No-Maru-Ido "二の丸井戸". It is a well made in the Edo era, and it is not drawing water now.
The well is about 30 meters even if it is dug deep, but this well has 65 meters.
Hasaka Shigesaburo "羽坂重三郎" who built Ishigaki stone of Marugame Castle is said to have been killed into the well.
Planting summer vegetables in May.
In Japan it has long been said that it is the beginning of summer from around May 5th.
Actually, after May, the temperature will rise at night and it will be difficult for frost to fall.
So I plant vegetables to harvest in the summer such as tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers.
Japanese manholes are rich in variations.
Japan has a very high water supply penetration rate of 98%. Waterworks facilities are located in various places, and water pipes are stretched around the basement.
Naturally there are lots of manholes in large quantities.
The patterns of manholes are distinctive in each local government.
For example, the photo below is a manhole located in the immediate vicinity of my house. The mark of the municipality and the cherry tree which is the symbol of the municipality are decorated. Depending on the location, there are things that are colorful.
Japanese manholes are highly artistic and there are books specialized in manholes.
Koi-Nobori: carp-shaped streamers.
The Koi-Nobori"鯉のぼり" carp streamer is a banner with a carp design.
The origin of the carp streamer dates back to the Edo period about 400 years ago from now. As a carp that rises in the sky, the wish to grow as brave as possible is put in and it was decorated with the samurai house where the boy is.
In old days black and blue were mainstream, but in modern times it became very colorful such as orange, red, green etc. It can be seen in various parts of Japan around April and May.
Sanuki no Yume: Wheat with a dream of Kagawa prefecture was put in.
Sanuki Udon is famous for Kagawa Prefecture.
Kagawa Prefecture was a land pattern with long sunshine hours and little rain since ancient times. Therefore, Udon noodle made from wheat has been eaten frequently. Salt is located in a large amount because it faces the Seto Inland Sea.
Consumption of Udon noodles in Kagawa prefecture is outstanding among Japan, it is ten times more consumption than the second largest prefecture. Kagawa prefecture is generally admitted to Udon Love.
However, there are troubles in Kagawa prefecture. That means that 80% of the main ingredient of udon wheat is from Australia.
Without wheat from Australia it is difficult to make a unique texture of modern Sanuki udon. Therefore, Kagawa prefecture is trying hard to make a new wheat variety. That is the Sanuki no Yume "讃岐の夢". It is wheat with the dream of Kagawa prefecture put in.
As of mid-May, wheat has been golden in color. It is harvest shortly.
Rin "鈴" : Buddhist tools needed for chanting.
The object in the shape of this black bowl is called Rin "鈴". This tool is sounded when the chanting.
Many Japanese who are not monks misunderstand that they are tools to ring when praying to Buddha, the official use timing is used when reading the sutra.
Using a rin stick, ringing at the fixed place of read beginning, middle, ending.
Sowing of Sago palm.
About two weeks ago I harvested the Sogo fruits of my house's garden.
There are not many people sowing seeds in Japan. And, there may be few people who have seen seed fruits and seeds. There are even superstitions that lose money when Sago trees are in the garden. (On the other hand, it is said to be an auspicious tree of descendants prosperity.)
I sowed about 350 seeds this time. Because we are planning a commemorative event within 5 years, it is to make it a memorial item of the temple.
Because there might be people who do not know how to sow, I wrote it in Japanese post "ソテツの収穫と種まき方法". If you have any request, I will write it on this English version blog.
Kouji: Japanese food uses rice-malt.
Kouji "こうじ / 麹" is a useful mold adhering to grains such as rice and wheat.
Even foods all over the world will use Aspergillus oryzae but Japanese foods such as miso, sake, vinegar and soy sauce necessarily require Aspergillus oryzae.
Especially, Kouji fungi have been used in various foods as well as brewing in Japan country from ancient times and contributed to our rich food culture. In 2005 all genetic sequences were elucidated.
Therefore, the Scientific Conference of Brewing Society of Japan authorizes Kouji fungi as “The National fungi”. Koji has become a fungus that represents Japan.
Elderly driver's driving mark.
Colorful design mark of four-color and paste it on the car when the 70-year-old or older to drive.
As the elderly become, the driving of the car becomes dangerous from time to time. By displaying this mark, it is important that surrounding drivers do not force excessive interrupts or bouncing.
Of course, it is not unlikely that surrounding drivers will bear a burden unilaterally. Elderly people aged 75 and older must undergo dementia examination and driving training when renewing their license.
By the way, the license renewal rate is said to be about 70%. The reason is not only that purely driving ability got scarce but also voluntary return or family's wish stop driving.
Early May is in the midst of the Golden Week.
There is one national holiday in late April and three in early May in Japan.
When japan national holidays overlap Saturday and Sunday weekends, the next Monday will be a transfer holiday.
Therefore, in early May of 2018, it will be 9 consecutive holidays if including paid vacation. Since it can take even vacation more than 10 days depending on the calendar, it is called Golden Week.
Event to celebrate the birth of Buddha.
Today we held an event to celebrate the birth of the Buddha in temple.
In Japan, Buddha who is the founder of Buddhism is supposed to be born on April 8. But there are school entrance ceremonies at school and company in April, so it is difficult for people to gather at temples.
April 29th is Japan national holiday. It is said " 昭和の日 / Showa no Hi", it is the birthday of Emperor Showa. On this holiday, in the area where I live, we are doing Buddha's birthday celebrations.
April 29, 2018
Japanese dandelion seeds.
It is the end of April and it gets warmer day by day. A lot of dandelion flowers have fallen.
There are still species to the dandelion. It will be caught by white fluff and will fly away farther away.
April 27, 2018
Three monkeys to close the Eye, Mouth, Ear.
In Japan, the statue of three monkeys of "見ざる・言わざる・聞かざる" is famous.
When "見ざる・言わざる・聞かざる" is in English, it will be "Do not see, Do not say, Do not listen".
This does not mean that you should not have any relationships with others, it means that you do not see, hear, do not say, the faults and mistakes of others.
Similar words and image is in the world, in English-speaking countries will have this word "See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil".
April 25, 2018
Sago palm seeds in my garden.
Sago palm is often planted in Japanese temples. (But it is not seen much in the north cold area from Tokyo.)
It is also planted in the garden of my temple. The place is Kagawa prefecture of Shikoku which is a warm climate.
Today 's photo is at the time of harvesting Sago palm seeds. (Although precisely it is Sago palm fruits.)
In Japan, temperatures will rise after May, and the frequency and quantity of rain will also increase. Sago palm also actively starts growing. I took the seeds, and then to clean the growing point of the plant.
April 23, 2018
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