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Nara Kojukuji 奈良 興福寺 7/20/10

I went to Kofukuji temple last July during the event of  the anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital in 2010. I arrived at Kintetsu Nara station and ate lunch at Indian (Nepal? I forgot) restaurant in the arcade. And walked towards the Sarusawa no ike pond which is behind Kohukuji temple.
Celebrating the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital in 2010 平城遷都2010 http://www.1300.jp/foreign/english/index.html









Nara Kohuku-ji 奈良 興福寺 7/20/10 part 4

After done touring around Kofuku-ji temple, and Buddhist statue museum, I am heading back to JR station.
On the electric pole, I found deer illustration which deer consider as a god at Nara.
People can rent a bike to tour around Nara. There is a traditional architecture Japanese tea house by the pond. At the edge of the pond, there is a map board of Nara city, and there is an information center that might answer your questions in Japanese and English.
I like the clock tower that has a Japanese old style stone roof. If seems like any public architecture has Japanese style tile roof, including a mail box I showed in another blog post.
The flags by stairs are for sighning of Fudo god shrine. Fudo is Acalanatha in Hidu, and they sets up at both Japanese shrines and temples.
They just renewed JR Nara train station building in 2010. The station building is also looks like a temple building, and it has heavy and solemn feel. 
You can go to Nara from both JR and Kintetsu lines. I think JR li…

Nara Kohuku-ji 奈良 興福寺 7/20/10 part 3

Continue walking around Kohuku-ji area... Walking at the East low area there is 3 story pagoda. And when I went upstairs to the wider area, they are 5 story pagoda, and other Buddhist temples and museum that exhibit different famous Buddhas from 5-6 centuries. 
In summer 2010, it was very summer hot day like this year, and it was a blue sky and it has cumulonimbus clouds appearing like cotton candies, so I felt like I wanted to include pagoda and sky in my pictures. White moon was there too, and I tried to capture to put by side of the pagoda. You can see very tiny moons though.









Nara Kohuku-ji 奈良 興福寺 7/20/10 part 2

Continue wondering around Kohuku ji. Date 7/20/2010
After leaving Sarusawa Pond, I am heading up to Kohuku-ji temple. By side of the stairs, there are zizos and deers near little temple buildings on the way.
I tried to take photos of deer. One looked at me, but when I took pictures, he/she looked down. tricky.

シカちゃん写真撮る時何回撮ってもなかなかカメラ見てくれなかった。
動物はムズイ。

(I recognized blogger has new format that I am writing now.)








Nakazakicho, Osaka, 9/12/09

Here are my photos I walked around Nkazakicho (中崎町)Osaka. It is one of the popular old town district and they have many stores, restaurants, stationary stores, galleries, etc that young owners run by themselves. I have been wanting to visit there, but had not had a chance to. I was expecting to see bigger area of old town district. Nakazakicho has more area, but the old buildings have just in a small area in a few blocks and little alley. I wanted to walk more, but it was raining, and some stores that I wanted to go was close, so I told to myself to come back again, maybe with Alex.











Art and Craft in Japan, 2008

Arts and Craft in Japan
Essay for the Bay Area architecture history class.




I think that when Art and Crafts came from England to Japan, it was influenced in two ways.
One is called “Mingei” which was about thinking back traditional Folk Craft in Japan and also colonized places during the WWII, such as Korean Taiwan, and Manchuria China, as well as Native tribes from Ainu in Hokkaido and Okinawa. “It was founded a group by Sotetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) which established Japanese Folk Craft Museum. (Wikipedia, Mingei) “Yanagi went around Japan and rescued the lowly pots and unappreciated crockery used by commoners during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and Meiji Period (1868-1912.)” “Yanagi described the beauty of Mingei with words such as wholesome, honest, natural, innocent, free, simple, and pure.” (Mingei History) (which I think that it is resemble to a concept of the American Art & Craft Movement. These influences were rather about ceramic pottery, wooden furniture and sculpture and other…