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談山神社

7.31.2014

Summer greeting from the ancient capital

It's high Summer in Japan now. Japanese people get along in hot, sultry days. How about you?

My friend and I went to see lotus flowers at vestige of 藤原京(Fujiwara-kyo)
藤原京(Fujiwara-Kyo) is south of Nara city and it was the capital in Japan during the year 694~710, before the capital was moved to Heijyo-Kyo in Nara city. It takes about 30 minutes from Nara city by train.
Now here is only field surrounded three small mountain( Mt.Miminashi, Mt. Kagu, Mt.Unebi) or rice paddies.



At a part of the field of Fujiwara-Kyo, A lot of lotus were full blooming.
















The day we visited there was very hot. Tall thriving lotus flowers were growing toward the deep blue Summer sky.
Deep blue Summer sky. Deep blue or white are Summer color,I think. 持統天皇(Female Emperor,Jito)was
ruling Japan in those days at Fujiwara-Kyo and this is one of her tanka poetry.
 
   春過ぎて 夏きたるらし 白妙の 衣ほしたり 天の香久山

It means Spring was over and Summer came. So white clothes are hung out toward Mt.Kagu. It's Summer-like view. White stood out under Summer strong light.

Yellow cosmos also were full blooming in the field of Fujiwara-Kyo.

                                        With Mt.Miminasi that is one of three mountain in Fujiwara-Kyo.






                          A baseball-boy was riding among yellow cosmos and green rice paddy.



We were going to leave there and supposed to call a taxi. But  there was too spacious around so we didn't know where we were. There were nobody around there. We couldn't meet anyone to ask where we were. But at last we discovered one man who was leaving his house. We only wanted to know the address we were standing  to call a taxi but he called a taxi for us and her mother invited us to have a cup of tea in her house.
I was impressed with their kindness for us, strangers. According to the taxi driver, " all people around here are kind like them".
I had a impression that they succeeded houses, estate, rice paddies, fortune etc, from their ancestors,maybe from the ancestor of the period of Fujiwara-Kyo and they've been  farming diligently at the rice-paddies. Around there in Nara, disasters must have been striking  little. So they could accumulate wealthy as I've read about it in a newspaper.














25 件のコメント:

Minoru Saito さんのコメント...

はようございます。蓮の花が綺麗です。花托の部分が蜂の巣に似ているので、はちす、からハスと呼ばれたそうですね。
 持統天皇が藤原宮に遷都して、軽皇子が文武天皇に即位したとき、安心して「政治、定まりぬ」と言ったとか、
 コスモスの群生も素晴らしいです。奈良に災害が起きているとは、何を指しているのでしょうか。

cosmos さんのコメント...

まさにパラダイスですね。ハスの花が咲き、黄色コスモスも満開で・・・災害もほとんどなかったから、こういった土地の遺産を累々と引き継いでこれたということですね。人の心という遺産も今もなお住民の人たちの中で息づいているのですね。それに触れることができて良かったですね!もうすぐお盆。猛暑の中ですが、心穏やかに故人となった人たちを偲んで感謝の気持ちを伝えたいと思っています。

sarah さんのコメント...

To Minoru、
奈良の藤原京あたりは、昔から余り災害がなかったに違いないというつもりで、書きました。この間日経新聞に、奈良県は全国的には、裕福な県であるという記事の理由が、書かれてました。ひとつには、先祖から受け継いだ資産を守り、災害等も少なく、順調に農業を営む事ができ、富を蓄積できたと、ありました。又、大阪に通う高給取りのサラリーマンが、多く住むというのもその理由のひとつだそうです。
Thank you for your comment!

Rahul Bhatia さんのコメント...

Absolutely beautiful and a visual treat Sarah!

orchid Miyako さんのコメント...

Oh, how beautiful your pictures of lotus flowers at vestige of 藤原京(Fujiwara-kyo)♡♡♡ As always, made me wish to visit Nara. As my husband has a handicap for his both eggs (he can walk, though). Travelling is not our pastime even after his retirement :-)

Reading you and Minoru-san's comments really was educational to me☆☆☆

Sincerely from Yamaguchi, xoxo Miyako*

Birgitta さんのコメント...

Wow! Outstanding pictures!

Our photos さんのコメント...

I love the lotus flowers. Very beautiful !

NatureFootstep さんのコメント...

so much richness from the lotus flowers. So beautiful. :)

Valerie さんのコメント...

A lovely colourful series of captures, Sarah. The Lotus flowers are spectacular. Thank you for sharing (and for visiting my blog)

Rurousha さんのコメント...

Impossible to decide which is more beautiful: lotus or cosmos. Lotus flowers are so perfect, but cosmos flowers are so cheerful!

PS: Yay for summer! The hotter the better for this southern barbarian. ;)

Forest Dream Weaver さんのコメント...

Fabulous flowers .....beautiful photos! I love the image of the small boy in the lotus field.
Thank you for sharing the beauty.

Happy weekend!
Ruby

Gerald (SK14) さんのコメント...

so good of the lady to make you tea while waiting for your taxi

stardust さんのコメント...

きれいだなぁ!蓮のお写真は泥の中に育ち、青空目指して伸びていく生涯を思い起こさせてくれます。蓮の花、黄花こすもすの美しさ、それにも増した地元の方の親切で美しい心に触れ、いい撮影旅行でしたね。車で行かなかったのですか?八木駅発のコミュニティバスで明日香資料館から歩いて20分ほど、でも炎天下で20分・・・はね。撮影の間は暑さも忘れているでしょうけれど。

Linda W. さんのコメント...

Beautiful photographs! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. :)

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

✿⊱•°
As flores de lótus estão belíssimas!!!
Suas fotografias tão maravilhosas!!!!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
¸.✿⊱╮╮

Spiderdama さんのコメント...

So many flowers with great colors! Some of your photos are very artistic. Hope you have a good time over there:-)

My Unfinished Life さんのコメント...

such beautiful images of the lilies...lovely totally lovely!!

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Arti さんのコメント...

Spectacular images, dear Sarah! Love them all. And so nice to hear the story of the kind strangers you met. Kindness from people we meet is one thing that sustains us from travel to travel.

PS: It's raining here in Mumbai, wish you happy summer days in Nara.

Kiran palwasha さんのコメント...

Hi Sarah, you have really beautiful summer there with lovely flowers.I can only wish for such summer season that i may enjoy but what we have in pakistan is totally in contrast, We have really hard summer here Even the flowers dies and people get sick of hot.

Enjoy the moderate season !

Camila Rafaela Felippi さんのコメント...

I'm in love with lotus flowers! Sometimes I can't believe in the world can be places so perfect like this!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan さんのコメント...

Gorgeous lotus blooms & stunning pictures of yellow cosmos and green rice paddy.

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

。.✿✿°°

Uma ótima semana!
Beijinhos.
♡♡彡

今、この一瞬を さんのコメント...

蓮の花は、とても透明感があっていいです。
奈良の各所は、四季折々の風情がたっぷりあって素晴らしい日本のふるさとです。

県外で働いて、奈良に住むのが最高の暮らしぶりかもしれません。
歴史と色彩の組み合わせは、撮影の題材にもぴったりです。

いつも訪問していただきありがとうございます。
よい、週末をお過ごしください。



Tomoko さんのコメント...

ホントに暑かったですよね~~。いつまでこんなに歩いて写真撮れるのかしらと、思ってしまいますが、出来る限り頑張りたいですね。時々訪問していましたが、すっかりコメントをしたつもりになっていました!

サラさんのハスは明るくて、伸び伸びしていて、被写体を見つめるおおらかさが伝わってきます。

余談ですが私のブログ少し明るくなりました。深刻に考え込む時期には自然と黒っぽくなっていたのだなあと改めて気がつきました。


Saroja S さんのコメント...

breathtaking pictures ...

wonderful post