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Coffee Break
 

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.

Butsuga (Buddhist Picture)
Bon Festival

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.

 There is no end in sight for drought conditions here in Pacific north west. We have not had rain for the last two months. Smoke from the Western US and the interior of Canada is drifting hundreds of miles -leaving a thick layer of haze over the Vancouver Island where I live.

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.

 In this dry climate the biggest change for the west coast gardeners is “the acceptance of brown lawns” to conserve water. The traditional well-manicured and well-watered green lawn is a thing of the past.

 Looking forward the September Home Page.

 -------------Haruyo Konishi HazeltonBC, Canada ---------------

 Thank you and your correspondents for the August 2021 Homepage.  Despite all the concern, it seems that the Olympic Games were a success and the athletes from all countries deserve our applause for their performances.

 Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the virus pandemic.  After many months of nothing much happening, it seems that the Delta version of the virus is taking over ourcountry and also our State of New South Wales with more than 400 new cases every day.

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 !!

Wishing all the Coffee Break readers a safe and happy life despite the current, terrible situation.

 

 ----------- Claus &Michiko Jehne,  Armidale, NSW, Australia

 We hope you are both doing well?
We were reading about the bad landslide at Atami, and the very heavy rainfall in that. area of Shizuoka.  It does sound very bad for the people there. 

---------- Tom and Kate, Christchurch, NZ-------

 Thank you for sharing your hydrangea experience. It is easy to imagine you were immersing yourself among the flowers. Hydrangeas are perfect flowers for the Japanese rainy season from June to August and getting both warmer and drier for the last few years. I am slowly converting my garden to native drought-tolerant plants with deep root systems and succulents with parts that are thickened and fleshy to retain water. But it is hard to say goodbye to rhododendrons, roses, climates, hydrangeas......

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.

 ------ Haruyo Konishi HazeltonBC, Canada----------

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.

 We cope with this weather every year, but I wonder the plants are insects loves these days.

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 am looking forward to meeting you and your family when I will visit to Kobe!

 The attached is 'Manyo no mori vallay' in Yugawara onsen,Kanagawa prefectire. I enjoyd walking  with my beloved hasband last week.

 ----Liebe, Yokohama, Japan---------

iThanks 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.     

 We had news on our TV last night about the ongoing plans for the Olympics in Tokyo, even in this time of the spreading of Covid, and the world-wide advice to avoid large gatherings of people, avoid crossing borders unless necessary, and only having activities that are essential.   

 For us here, we can see no sense in the world taking such a risk,  just for the sake of what is probably simply the possible financial impact of cancellation on the Olympic Committee.   It seemed from the story here yesterday, that the vast majority of New Zealand's people believe it is a "reckless decision" to proceed with the Games at this time, even though cancellation will disappoint many of our athletes

 Anyway, please keep safe (and dry) you two, and we look forward to your next Homepage effort.

 ------- Tom and Kate, Christchurch, NZ-------

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◎Glad to hear you are getting Vaccinate soon. Iam also hoping to be done soon

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----

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Right: Buddha,attended by Seishi Bosatsu and Fuken Bosatsu
Left; Kannon Bosatsu in white robe