30 January 2012

Fuji-san from Fujiyoshida

Recently we've had a few biggish quakes in Yamanashi, all near Fuji-san. It's an active volcano that last erupted in 1707/8. Who knows what is seething underneath that serene beauty?

28 January 2012

Sazanka (山茶花)

Sazanka (山茶花, Camellia sasanqua) and tsubaki (椿, Camellia japonica) are two very similar flowers, but the former blooms in early winter (that's why it's also called the Christmas camellia) and the latter in late winter. This is a sazanka.

27 January 2012

Have a happy, wealthy, long life!

Another shichifukujin (七福神, seven gods of good luck), this time Fukurokuju (福禄寿). Fuku is happiness, roku is wealth, ju is longevity. Fukurokuju is typically shown in the garments of a Chinese scholar, and he often has a crane or a tortoise near him (both are symbols of longevity). He's holding a tortoise in this statue. Photo taken in the garden of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

26 January 2012

The god of the garden

The photos were taken at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so.

25 January 2012

24 January 2012

Snow gear for trees

Close-up of a yukitsuri (雪吊り), a framework that protects trees against snow. I  chose this photo for today because it snowed heavily (for Tokyo) last night. Unfortunately it's already melting.

23 January 2012

Hotei, the god of contentment (and bars)

My favourite shichifukujin (七福神, seven gods of good luck) is Hotei (布袋), the god of contentment ... and bartenders. These photos were taken in the garden of the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so. 

22 January 2012

10 January 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree January 2012

Photos were taken from Tsukudajima

The bridge in front is Chuo-Ohashi.

New Year's posters for the year of the dragon