Today's main event was to visit a street named "Street of World class architects", although I almost forgot about it since I enjoyed a lot before I got there. If you want to go to the street straight, you can use Fujisaki station. Walk up to north straight from the station, you can find the street. Buildings there were very beautiful, although since the whole town is new and beautiful, the street was not specially beautiful in the town.
I think that Fukuoka has so many wonderful street arts. I found this seesaw at the Momochi central park. The park is just an ordinary park for kids. But the park has such an avant-garde art. I like its vivid red, a mirror using as a pivot point, and fish at edges of the seesaw.
Next I walked to Yoka-topia street from the Nishijin station. Leaves of gingko was getting yellow. Probably, the color will be more beautiful by next week or by the week after next. After I took these photos, it started raining this afternoon. I hope that the rain won't damage leaves.
I visited Hakozaki Shrine, which locates middle of Maidashi campus and Hakozaki campus of Kyushu University. Hakozaki Shrine was founded in 923. The shrine was once burned to the ground by Mongolians (Genko). When the shrine was reconstructed, a calligraphy Tekikoku kōfuku (敵国降伏), which was put on the tower gate. The calligraphy was dedicated by Emperor Kameyama to supplicate to defeat enemies who invade. The calligraphy was gold and still shining.
There was a garden for celebrating friendship between Fukuoka and Jiangsu in China. These strange rocks were from Taihu Lake in China and made of Limestone. The lake was an Inland sea, and these rocks had been exposed by erosion in the sea. Power of nature is amazing. I would like to draw a painting using these rocks as motifs some day in the future.
I took these photos at East park where locates close to JR Yoshizuka station. The park is huge and has many brooks with several small waterfalls. The season for autumn leaves finally started. I saw yellow and red leaves. The park is very nice to be relaxed.
There was a stature of Emperor Kameyama (1259-1305). "Genko (Mongolian's attack) was happen when the emperor was on his post. He prayed to gods for peace in Japan. Later, he and Nichiren was used to inspires nationalism in Meiji era as symbols of patriotism. I don't deny patriotism, but it is not to be inspired by politicians. It should be inspired by individuals. The emperor and Nichiren did not expected that they were used as tools of politics.
Today, I walked from Maidashi Kyudai mae station to JR Yoshizuka station. During the way, there was a "Genko (Mongolian's attack)" resource center. In the center, there was a huge Nichiren statue (height is 10.6 m) made in 1904. Nichiren (1222 – 1282) was a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. There was a stature of Heihachiro Togo, who was a believer of Nichiren, next to the Nichiren statue.
I saw several couples of Pintail at the Muromi river. The male has a thin white stripe running from the back of its chocolate-colored head down its neck to its mostly white undercarriage. Female is not so distinguishable (at least for me). This bird comes to Japan only in winter.
I saw a Little Grebe swimming in a group of Eurasian Wigeon at the Muromi river. The size of the bird is about half of Eurasian Wigeon (see above photo). In south part of Japan, this bird stays throughout the year.
I saw many Eurasian Wigeon in the Muromi river. I saw this bird in the Tama river in Tokyo in winter. This bird visit Japan only in winter from North side of Eurasia continent and Iceland. Flight capability of birds is quite amazing.
After I visited Atago shrine, I walked along the Muromi river. That place was really beautiful. We can see mountains from the place. Tree leaves are getting colored. Autumn finally came to Kyushu. It was cloudy today. But when I was walking along the river, the sun came out for a moment.
There was the Kan-non temple at middle of the way to Atago shrine. Inside of the temple, there were many Buddha statures made of rock. There was also a Goddess stature named Senjyu Kan-non. Senjyu means thousands of hands in Japanese. Although the Goddess stature had many hands, she did not have thousands of hands. Since no one was there, I was little scared by the many statures. When I found a cat at the entrance of the temple, I was relieved.
There are Uga shrine (left photo) and Hushimi Inari shrine (right photo) in the Atago shrine. Since Hushimi Inari shrine located back of the Atago shrine, and the place was little dark, the place was kind of scary.
Next, I visited Atago shrine. I used Muromi station to get there. There are many Atago shrines over Japan, but this Atago shrine is one of the three biggest Atago shrine in Japan. This shrine is the oldest shrine in Fukuoka, which was built during 71-130. Atago shrine is on the Atago mountain. There was a castle on the mountain after the Mongolian's attacks (1274 and 1281). Actually, the way to the shrine is very steep, and thus probably good for settling a castle. The view from the shrine was spectacular. The location was probably also good for finding enemies.
I took these photos at Iki-no-matsubara beach, where has the long barricade for preventing Mongol's invasion. We can see Itoshima peninsula (left photo) at the left side, Noko island (right island in the right photo), Genkai island (center of the right photo), Shika island, and Umi-no-Nakamichi from the beach. When I was looking these islands, I felt like ancient Mongolian ships were coming to the bay.
Mongol tried to invade Japan twice at 1274 and 1281. The attacks are called "Genkou". At that time, Japanese made a long (20 km) barricade along to the Hakata bay to prevent the invasion. There is a ruin of the barricade close to the Simoyamato station.
Today, I went to Iki shrine using a shimoyamato station of JR Chikuhi line, which is directly connected from Kuko (air port) subway. This shrine was mentioned in Nihon Shoki, which is the second oldest book of classical Japanese history; The book was finished writing in 720.
It became suddenly very cold. I caught a cold yesterday. So I took a cold medicine and slept well, but I still feel little tired. Although I'm feeling tired, when I was watching candle lights, I wanted to play a little bit and made above images. Behind the candles, there is a bottle of Irish cream, which is my favorite liquor. When I was in the US, my coworker invited me to her home and served me the liquor. Since then, whenever I find it, I always buy it. I found it in a market at Nishijin, where is very close to my apartment. I'm so happy.
It was raining this morning, and almost cloudy this afternoon. But sun came out for a short time. So I quickly went out and visited Ohori Koen. Clouds were moving dynamically. I took a photo and found that my camera caught a bird frying through in the photo. The bird made this photo interesting.
I bought a Banyan Tree at 100 yen at Daiso. Japanese name of this tree is gajyumal, so actually I did not know it is a Banyan tree. I saw this tree at Hawaii on this February and introduced (click here to see the article). Seeds of the tree germinate and send down roots towards the ground, and may envelop part of the host tree or building structure with their roots, giving them the casual name of "strangler fig." Oh, I bought such a strange plant accidentally. Hmm...Do I need to give a host tree for it?
Last weekend, there was an exhibition of bonsai, which is Japanese style miniature potted trees, in Fukuoka botanical garden. Traditionally pine trees are used for bonsai. But I saw many other kinds of trees in the exhibition. I think that Japanese have high sense of usage of limited space to show it well.
There is an exhibition of Japanese style flower arrangements at 7th floor of Praliva at Nishijin. There are many huge flower arrangements (more than 1.5m height and wide). My image of Japanese style flower arrangements is simple and small. But the arrangements I saw yesterday were very gorgeous like Western style, although they still had Japanese taste. I'm very impressed by how the artists use limited space to arrange flowers.
Today, I visited Fukuoka prefectural museum of art. Then I visited a park, Suzaki park, next to the museum. The park has a fountain. I took photos of the fountain using backlight effect. Well...I think that the effect worked well.
There was a small tomyou art in front of Hakata Riverain building which is connected from Nakasu Kawabata station. Fukuoka Asian museum is in the building. Nakasu Kawabata is a famous down-town. So I expected that there were many people there. But it was not so crowded (I took above photos at 6:30 pm). I think that it is impossible to do this event in Tokyo such as Shibuya. The lanterns are made of paper and thus very fragile. People in Fukuoka were walking very carefully not to break them. Today, it's raining from morning. I'm glad that it was not raining last night.