Thursday, June 15, 2017



    May 2, it was a beautiful day. I went to see Bugaku, which was held by Todai Temple in the Nara Park. 
What is Bugaku? Bugaku is the ancient Japanese court- dance.
    Bugaku took place during the  Shomu Emperor ceremony to mark his death , which was 1261 years ago,
         when Nara  was  capital of Japan.

  The mask on the dancers  is called Noumen.
Noumen has no expression. But audience see mixed motion and feeling on that. 
                                      The motion of a performer and an angle and shadow makes complex expression.


                                                                                               He is  a kind devil!

                                       This parade by monks started before Bugaku performance in dedication to Shomu Emperor.

                                                                        At the Nandai gate of the Todai Temple

                                                                         May was also the time for golden chain flowering.


                                                           .......... and the time for school excursion.
                                Little boys and girls walked around the Nara park and watched the traditional ceremony.


                                                                        children going back to school by train
                             I was with them on the train until my station. I enjoyed looking at them being merry in the vehicle.

                                    This Mask, which has been displayed on the wall of our Japanese style guest room, 
                                    is  my late father-in-law's Noumen. His coworkers gave it to him when he retired 
                                                           from his work, wishing his long health and smile!

                                                                                                     Thank you for visiting.
                                                                                       Until next time!



  1. Ha Tomoko,met plezier mee gekeken,naar de mooie Japanse dansers!! heel kleurrijk.
    Een mooi weerspiegeling van de kinderen aan het water.
    Ook de gouden regen bloemen zijn heel mooi, jaren geleden hebben we ze ook
    in de tuin gehad.
    Wens je een mooi week.
    groetjes Christiene.

    Have Tomoko watched the beautiful Japanese dancers with pleasure !! Very colorful.
    A beautiful reflection of the children at the water.
    Also the golden rain flowers are very beautiful, years ago we have them too
    In the garden.
    Wish you have a nice week.
    Greetings christiene

  2. Great Shots!!!
    Oh, Japonism...
    I like the last one, Especialy.

  3. I love the way you showed the children without being able to identify them. Great!

    The masks are incredible, Tomoko.

  4. It is nice to see the many festivals you celebrate and the Noumen masks certainly add to the mystique. The golden chain tree is a beautiful sight for my eyes, I think it may grow in warmer provinces than where I live.

  5. こんばんは。奈良の奥ゆかしさですね。キングサリの花が素敵です。

  6. キングサリの一枚目は黄金のシャワーみたい。お気に入りは聖武際舞楽の一枚目と、もちろん子供たちのリフレクション。退職のお祝いの翁のお面いいですね。愛され尊敬されよい余生を送られたことと思います。亡き後はお面がお義父さまになり変わり朋子さんのご家族への献身に微笑んでおられるように思えるわ。

  7. Pretty flowers! And I enjoyed seeing the colorful costumes, but my favorite photo is the reflection of the children in the park
    Hope you are having a beautiful week!

  8. ...what a fabulous collection, thanks for sharing.

  9. I love your blog and images so much that I am showcasing you on my "I Like" post next Thursday! Thank you for so much beauty and for visiting my blog. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  10. Thank you for sharing this ceremony. It is wonderfully old. I enjoy pondering the length of time and what was going on and still is. Your photos are a joy to see. Lovely weekend to you.

  11. How very interesting. The Noumen masks are fascinating. Enjoyed the reflection shot of the school children.

  12. Hello dear Tomoko, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful joys for the month. So enriching to know more about the cultures and traditions of a different country. Noumen seems like such an interesting art form, and I loved the reflection of kids on the surface of the water and their merry ride on the train. The yellow flowers brighten my day here which is grey owing to the rainy season. Wish you a very happy weekend!

  13. Dear Tomoko, thank you for sharing these fabulous photos. One of the many reasons I love blogging is that I learn of different customs around the world. It is a great education in the best possible way.

  14. Hello Tomoko, the colours look splendid,it must be wonderful to actually witness this ceremony. The mask is interesting, simultaneously happy and scary - at least to my Western eyes!
    Lovely photos...

    Wishing you a happy week,

  15. A lovely telling of the Festival and I enjoyed all the photos

    Happy Mosaic Monday

    much love...

  16. amazing Noumen masks, your father in laws mask is smiling! Thank you for sharing this glimpse into your world with us at Mosaic Monday this week.

  17. Hello dear Tomoko !!

    As always great relationship and beautiful pictures.
    Thank you so much that i could see this unusual place.
    Blessed days.
    Kisses and greetings.

  18. I agree that the photo of the children via the reflection in the pond is an amazing shot. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Very interesting masks and convention for our culture.
    Blogger is a great thing to know other things about the World, isn't it?
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

  20. Oh, I love seeing these dancers and that wonderful mask you have in your home. It is so nice to get to know you better and find out about the things you do. You take such good photos to share too! Thank you! Hugs, Diane

  21. Nice to meet your blog: so so beautiful!

  22. Gorgeous shots of the dancers - and so fascinating!

  23. Great post, Tomoko! What a precious old deep Japan-style tradition! Beautiful dancers and costumes and masks!

    The yellow hanging flowers we call "Goldregen"(=golden Rain). The photo with the water-mirror is amazing. Lovely pupils in front of the train with joy and energy. The mask of your guest-room of your father-in-law is fascinating and I think very precious!

    Greetings from Dori from Bavarian Forest.

  24. Great photos and so very interesting!

  25. So much color and celebration! I love that bright red umbrella (parasol?).

  26. Beautiful photos and I love learning of the customs. The Golden Chain is beautiful and the reflection is a great photo.

  27. What a great post Tomoko! I really enjoyed it! Thank you so much for linking to Willy Nilly! WN will be up and running in the morning! Hope to see you 😊

  28. I wonder how the court dance looks. I will see if I can find it on Youtube. Is the "Golden Chain" what we call laburnum? If so, it is surprising to find it in a playground, because laburnum has very poisonous seeds. I have been appreciating the Wisteria here - it's one of my favourite climbing plants. I have often thought I would love to see the wisteria in the Kawachi Fujien garden in Kitakyushu, although I don't think I would ever be in Japan in the months of May/June. So I will just have to imagine it.

  29. Tomoko San what a wonderful visit to your charming blog so many lovely places to see and your photography is incrediable,
    I just love the way you caught the sparrows bathing. I look forward to following you on your walks around Japan. Kind Regards Glenda in Australia and some one who loves your beautiful Japan

  30. I love when you share posts about Japanese culture. It is so interesting to see from my part of the world. What a great idea to photograph the children as reflections. Thanks for sharing the beauty around you.


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