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singing in the duckweed
how many insects?
Autumn leaves and traditional arch bridges. It doesn’t get much better than this.
A Japanese arched bridge is always a good find.
The shinkyo bridge near Okazaki Castle: a wonderful example of a traditional Japanese drum bridge.
In today’s post, a few thoughts on autumn in my home city vs autumn in Japan and a beautiful photo from Korankei.
In today’s post, I talk a little about the traditional Japanese way of dividing up the year into 24 parts. Also a beautiful autumn leave photo from Kourankei.
A look at some of those beautiful red Japanese maples from several weeks ago. There is nothing like them!
Have you ever had a dream, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?
The leaves aren’t quite that brilliant red yet, but they are getting there. In this corner of the park, where the light is a little less direct, they are just starting to turn.
From this past Spring, a lovely view from under the cherry blossoms.
I don’t know if it is the bold red color, the elegant curve, or something else in the construction, but something about this bridge (and similar Japanese bridges, called taikobashi) always attracts me. Can we still call this one a traditional bridge, even though it is now made from steel and concrete?
This was taken in autumn, and you can see a hint of the red Japanese maples in the right corner. I decided, however, that I wanted all your focus on the bridge, so I muted the colors and darkened down the edges.
Check out other photos of taikobashi.
A nice park as the leaves begin to change and the taiko-bashi bridge that leads to some cool nature trails. I love these bridges. There is something about them that draws your eye. Looking at traditional bridges like this, you almost expect a geisha with a traditional umbrella to come strolling out onto it. Or maybe that’s just my weird imagination…
Taiko (太鼓) means drum and bashi (橋) bridge, so this is a drum bridge. Usually it was placed over standing water and so when viewed in a way that you can see both the bridge and the reflection, it looks like a drum. The steepness of the arch varies from bridge to bridge; some with gentle sloops like this one, and some with very steep sloops (many of the ones you find at shrines seem to be the steep variety).
In the middle of the Iga Hachimangu lotus pond, we have a traditional stone bridge. Er… how do you get to it?
Today’s photo is looking over a traditional bridge towards the war shrine, Iga Hachimangu.