Butsuga is a picture that represents a fact in the Buddist scriptures
Tak's friend Mr. Iwao Hijioka kindly sent the Buddist pictures. After retirement he studiedButsuga painting by correspondence course.
The picture shows Buddhist Paradise, Amitabha,in center, Kannon Bosatsu and Seishi Bosatsu on both sides.
Bon Festival is held from august 13 to 16. We believe ancestral spirits and departed souls return to our families during this period. It is a festival for welcoming them home, making offerings to them and holding memorial services.
We usually pay a visit to the family grave in Temple Syorin-ji, our Buddhist Temple. However, it was stormy and we could not go out.
So we prayed for the repose of the dead, offering candles and bunches of flowers and burning incense sticks (senko) in our family Buddist alter in our house.
|◎Sagisou in your garden and the Buddhist paintings by Mr Hijioka are the calming and peaceful pictures we all need right now - we are living through a very stressful time with COVID-19 and wild fires.
Although the sun glows with the sinister red-orange, we are not in any danger right now - the nearest wild fire is 120km north from here.
There have been 4 cases in our country town
where we live, and as a result we are under LOCK DOWN for 2 weeks. This means
STAY AT HOME. We are only allowed out of our
house for some essential activities, like
shopping, exercise and going to the doctor !!
While we have grown accustomed to wildfires for the last few years, the severity of the heat wave of the last week here on the north west of North America was beyond our imagination: the interiohis province recorded 49.6 C on June 29, Canada's all-time record. And the wildfire has come after this extreme heat in the region. It is still burning, forcing many families to flee.
◎I hope you are doing well.
Thank you for sharing adorable pictures. The green leaves and white flowers look moist touch andthe rainy smell came wafting in.
I have been working at home for over a year like many businesses’ person. There are a lot of changes and findings through this experience.
For example, How I didn't use the words correctly. Sometimes I just omitted the subject and object, it caused serious misunderstandings for my colleagues and We were about to be late for the deadline! For now, we have 15 minutes regular meeting with small members every morning. It is said that Japan has very high context culture and easy to keep the stable relationship, however, it seems that it has changed little by little. Frankly speaking, it is not cup of my tea, but I will accept and adjust these variations.
On the other hand, I can find the good things. I never get tired of looking at the sky through the window every day.The flowers are growing up every hour and the clouds are different every seconds!
I want to make small discoveries and I want to learn the names of flowers and birds on your page. It must be totally fantastic dictionally for me!
i◎Thanks again for your Homepage and photographs of the beginning of your rainy season. We always enjoy learning more about your seasons, traditions, and activities.
So good to see that you two are still getting out for a walk, even with the worrying Covid impacts there, and all that has caused and is causing in Japan. This worldwide pandemic is far from over yet.
Tom and Kate, Christchurch, NZ-------
All is well here. Winter is arriving. Interesting times ahead for Japan with the upcoming Olympics.
Wishing you both all the best.
----------Noela Knight, Christchurch, New Zealand----