Illumination at Ohori koen started yesterday. Illumination at Ohori koen in the last year was so beautiful (click here). But this year's one is....I'm disappointed. Oh, well, I hope that next year's one will be beautiful again.
I took this picture at Kego park at Tenjin, Fukuoka, this evening. This illumination, a chapel on water, is the same as the last year's one. But this illumination only lasts by Nov. 29th this year. From Dec. 1st, this place will be a skating rink, and thus this illumination will be removed. I'm glad that I was able to see it this year again.
This Thursday to Friday, I went to Osaka. Schedule of this Thursday was very tough. I had to join a meeting from 9 am to 8 pm. But after the meeting, I went to Dotonbori, where is a famous downtown of Osaka. Above photos were taken at Dotonbori.
博多ライトアップウォーク2011の写真は、これで最後になります。下の写真は博多小学校の校庭に置かれた STAR DOMEという作品。ドーム内に設置されたライティングボードにさまざまなオブジェを置くと、そのシルエットや色彩がドームを覆う布に映し出される仕組みです。ドームに入ってみると、ボールに金魚が泳いでいて、落ち葉や布を移動したり、子供が手や頭を映したりして、参加者が楽しんでいました。映し出される絵はまるで万華鏡のよう。すごく綺麗でしたよ～。
This blog entry is the last entry about the "Hakata Light-up walk 2011". The above art, named STAR DOME", was settled at a school playground of Hakata elementally school. It was like a huge kaleidoscope, which people was able to make original patterns, using their hands/heads, goldfish in a bowl, autumn leaves, and so on, from inside of the dome. That was fun and so beautiful.
I visited Hakata elementally school at the last. Here I was able to see a light art. I uploaded a video that I took. The art name is "White rain". When I was watching, a staff was walked into the light. The light was strengthened around the staff. That was so beautiful.
I took these photos at Myoraku temple. The first photo is photo of shadow pictures. Aren't they nice? At these night, we were able to enter inside of the temple, where we can't enter usually, because of the light-up event.
For me, these only looks like up-and-coming arts. But actually these are old walls called Hakata-bei. I didn't notice that the Kushida shrine has this wall, although I have visited this shrine for several times. I noticed, for the first time, that the shrine has this wall by the light up event. I really appreciate this event.
Last night, I went to "Hakata Light-up walk 2011", which was held at 5 shrines/temples and an elementary school. The above photos were taken at the Toucho shrine. The illuminated shrines were so beautiful.
Last night, I went to 17th Hakata Toumyou Lantern festival. But it was raining last night, and thus many events are postponed. I enjoyed the festival at Kushida shrine and Hakata Riverain. Because of the heavy rain, many lanterns were burnt out. But the reflection of lanterns, which remained burning, on stone path was so beautiful.
After we had sushi in Shimonoseki, we went back to Fukuoka through Kanmon tunnel. Fukuoka side of the Kanmonkyo bridge is Mojiko Retro, which is a small cozy town with old historical and new buildings.
In the Akama shrine, there is a stature of Hoichi the Earless. According to legend, Hoichi was a blind minstrel (or biwa hoshi) with amazing gifts for the biwa (a loquat-shaped Japanese lute). He was particularly good at performing the Tale of the battle of Dan-no-ura, even ghosts of Taira clan liked it. Hoichi lived in a temple, which is the Akama shrine currently, and a priest of the temple realized that Hoichi had been bewitched by the ghosts. The priest wished to save Hoichi and painted Hoichi's body with the kanji characters for being hidden from the ghosts. But the priest forgot to paint these on ears of Hoichi. Thus, the ghosts only saw Hoichi's ears and took his ears, when they were not able to find Hoichi. Although Hoichi lost his ears, he was released from the ghosts. The legend was famous in Japan.
In the Akama shrine, there is a grave of Taira clan. Since there were seven people who have "mori" in their name in Taira clan, the grave is called seven "mori" grave (nana-mori zuka). This grave was made for comforting spirits of Taira clan by fishermen, who believed that frequent storms during 1781-1789 were caused by ghosts of Taira clans.
We went to Akama shirine in Dan-no-ura. It is dedicated to Antoku, a Japanese emperor who died young in the Battle of Dan-no-Ura (aka Dannoura), which occurred nearby in 1185. Antoku's grandmother, Taira no Tokiko, the widow of Taira no Kiyomori, drowned herself along with the young emperor, because Taira clan was defeated by Genji clan, and so she was despaired by the situation. When she died with the young emperor, she said to him "there is a paradise under the water. This story is very famous even for today's Japanese. The beautiful gate called Suiten gate in above photo was imaged paradise under the water and built for comforting a spirit of the young emperor after the World War II.
If you want to have delicious sushi at Shimonoseki, Karato market or kamon wharf are the places for the purpose. We had delicious sushi and sashimi at Karato market. The sushi and sashimi were not only delicious, but also inexpensive. We were very satisfied, but I completely forgot to take pictures. I took above photos from Kamon wharf.
Shimonoseki side of Kanmonkyo bridge is called Dan-no-ura, the place of the final fight of the Genpei War, which is called battele of Dan-no ura, in 1185. The Genpei War (1180–1185) was a conflict between the Taira and Minamoto clans during the late-Heian period of Japan. It resulted in the fall of the Taira clan and the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate under Minamoto Yoritomo in 1192. This place was also the place of the Battles for Shimonoseki in 1863. Japan fought against the US, the Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and lost. At that time, Japan was sealed off to the outside world. Gun batteries in the above photos were replicas of gun batteries using for the battle in 1863. This battle was one of many triggers to open Japan to the outside of the world in 1868.
Although we saw beautiful morning glow, it was hazy. I wanted to take beautiful pictures of Kanmonkyo bridge, which links Fukuoka and Yamaguchi, but I barely able to see opposite shore, which was only 1 km away. I took above picture from the car and adjusted contrast using Photoshop. It looks little mysterious, isn't it?
This Monday was a national holiday. I visited Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, with my friend. Our aim was to eat delicious sushi at Karato market. We left my apartment at 6:00 am and got Shimonoseki at 8:30 am. Sunrise in Fukuoka was 6:19 am that day, so we saw beautiful morning glow during the way to Shimonoseki.