Went to a wedding party of my BJJ friend, Motohiko. And, I immediately fell in love with the aura this art couple exudes... so soft and warm..., which seemed to have some sort of a healing effect on us.
They both graduated from art universities. So there were many artists in the party as well as BJJ barbarians.
I was curious to see how these two groups interact. We were all in one confined space for three hours, but, two groups never mixed together like oil and water.
It was like they didn't even feel the presence of each other. Or maybe fair to say we were just like the symbol of Feng Shui, which could be interpreted as perfect balance. ;)
Anyway, the party was a success. Congratulations! Motohiko & Sanae <3
Since I joined a BJJ team in Kyoto, my practice has moved to later hours. I've been taking the last train, a lot, to come back to Nara. Often at the Nara station after the arrival of the last train, I see trains getting redressed with new paintings.
Over the weekend, it was the train with a historic worrier, Kiyomori Taira, getting redressed. The worrier Kiyomori Taira (as his family) ran a government in the city of Kobe approx. 830 years ago.
Mmm.. I haven't visited Kobe yet, but I know it is a must-go place with many historic spots, western gourmet restaurants and the romantic night view. <3 Maybe I'll go in December. ;)
The work has slowed during Japanese Obon holiday. Quickly finished up the leftover work and headed south of Nara Pref for walking in green.
It was almost 4pm and there weren't that many tourists around. A few families & couples..., but I seemed to be the only one who came alone. But, beautiful scenery and oxy-air put a big smile on my face. :)
I visited Kimpusenji Temple & Yoshimizu Shrine (both World Heritages), and I was ready to head back.
As I was leaving Yoshino Shrine, an old man dressed in Shinto Priest clothes stopped me.
SP: "First time in Yoshino ? " ME: "Yes. :)"
Smiling big time 'cause I enjoyed the visit... but, he stared at my face and asked,
SP: "Are you....... happy ? "
ME: "What ?!? Ah..., Yes! :)"
SP: "Well...., if you say so..." "Listen, these hills will be painted all pink when the cherry blossom season comes. So, promise me you'll come back to see it, OK?"
He walked with me to the entry gate and started waving at me. I quickly vowed and started walking down the hill toward the main road. But, he was waving at me even harder and said in a loud voice...
SP: "IF YOU WANNA COME BACK BEFORE SPRING, THAT'S OK, TOO !!! JUST REMEMBER, YOU'RE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE !!! "
There are a lot of old old shrines & temples in Mt. Yoshino, and a lot of spiritual/praying tours take place around here. So, maybe.. this Shinto Priest may actually have seen people who wanted to throw away their lives. But, I think I looked too happy to do that, today...
Anyway, I thanked him for his sweetness and left the village. I should go back there soon even with a bigger smile... :)
”...Hasedera Temple at dusk is a must-go place...”
People in Nara advised me many times.
So, I went last weekend. And, it was in the place full of green and purest air.
Sundown in summer is around 7pm, I got to the temple shortly past five. The long staircase led me up the front stage area of the main structure. From there, all I could see was the sea of green green mountains.
I sat down on that stage waiting for the sundown. And, during the entire two hours, I was the only one except for those monks passing behind me every thirty minutes or so, lighting candles, doing their usual end-of-day routine.
Again, it was hard to believe that I had such a luxurious moment all to myself... Yes, definitely. Hasedera is a must-go place.