Shimotsuki is a Japanese traditional name for November. Literally, Shimotsuki means *a frost month*.It is getting frosty.
Red leaves of a maple tree, which I can see from my window, have started to turn deep red. So,I walked around my town to see autumn leaves!
The leaves are going to fall off very soon. Now it is very beautiful when you look up in the sky and see all the pretty colors on the leaves. I looked up to the sky and started to take pictures.
This is a playground near my house. Every Tuesday morning, from 7;oo -7;30, throughout the year, me and about 30 people get togethr here to do Taichi. Autumn is the most refreshing time to do Taichi outside.
Taichi consists of gentle movements, meditation and breathing techniques in order to help promote good health. There are many types of Taichi.
You might like this. This is a different type from what we are doing here. This performance is so beautiful and it is performed by a Japanese young lady.
This is the garden of the Ryousen－ji temple. The colorful leaves eloquently speak of their beauties.
A fountation of a dragon.
Water is coming out of its mouth. Visitors to this temple wash their hands here before entering the temple.
A bronze statue of Gyouki. I said humbly “let me take your photo”.
The soft light creates the shades on the leaves.
Saru-suberi (Japanese name). It literally means “monkey-slide”.
Do you hear anything that this shiny silent stem whispers to us?
To take this shot I stood on a hill-side across from the steps and waited for the moment the leaves get exposed to the sunlight. However the sun was being hidden in the clouds....it never came out. While wishing for the sunlight to reach the leaves I felt that I was in the most beautiful time of the season right here!
Let's go down!
A sweet persimmon tree and an orange tree.
On my way back home from the temple.
While walking back home I saw some peeled persimmons hanging under the roof of a garage. They are dried persimmons. They are getting drier and sweeter in the autumn wind and the sun shine. The persimmons are hung almost 2 months before they can be eaten. They taste very sweet! This is also a gift from autumn!
After giving many joys of the colorful beauties to us the autumn is fading away and soon the winter will be here. Thinking of the end of this time with blessing, these pictures were taken.