Sunday, January 21, 2007

Frost as flowers

frost, Kyoto sightseing
The sunlight in the morning is melting away the frost on the thin branches and makes the branches shine.

The breathing of the earth at night bring the frost on the branches and the sunlight in the morning make them look like flowers.

By the way, when a tea ceremony is hold in a tea house, one of two piece(s) of flower is/are decorated at the alcove, Tokonoma. But when snow falls, some tea masters don't decorate any flower at it. (It snows in Kyoto twice or three in a year.) Why? Because snow covers all the surface outside and shines beautifully. So there are no need to put the flowers inside the house any more. The tea spirit prefer the simple beauty to the excessive one.
Location by Google Map

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At 1/21/2007 2:22 PM, Anonymous Nathalie said...

Dear Macky,
Greetings from Sydney!
I visited Tokyo for 3 days last week with my daughter (13) who is learning Japanese at school and I was delighted to see your photos. They provide an answer to many questions we asked ourselves when visiting Tokyo, such as 'what is in those big bags/containers at the entrance to the temples?' - I now have the answer: Sake!
Looking forward to more great photos from you.
Kind regards from sunny Sydney!

At 1/21/2007 2:23 PM, Anonymous Nathalie said...

Just forgot to tell you how beatiful your picture is today. Very Japanese.

At 1/21/2007 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You almost got it, what I have tried
many, many times, to catch sparkling of snow in sunny day to a photo. Diamonds of snow is very difficult to get otherwise than in your memories.
It`s good in that way, don`t you think :)
Nice starting week to you Macky!

At 1/22/2007 12:23 AM, Blogger don said...

wow what a nice picture. those trees... respect!

everyday rotterdam

At 1/22/2007 4:04 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Very artistic image, Macky.

At 1/23/2007 4:34 AM, Blogger The Wellspring said...

Lovely :)


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