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Monday, September 12, 2011

A walk in Nara Park at the previous night of the harvest moon


Ukimi-do Hall at Sagi-ike Pond




I had a walk in Nara Park yesterday, one day before the night of the full moon.   It was getting dark, but the lamp was not lit yet.   The eastern sky was still bright.




The shadow got longer and longer while I was walking toward the Nigatsu-do Hall of the Todai-ji Temple.

 

Pomegranate trees are abundant with fruits beside the Hall.



Someone is praying  anywhere constantly.



I was worried about the dark rain clouds in the western sky. 




On the earth, it was nice and bright under the rays before sunset.  Deer look grazing all day long, but their heavy feeding time is before sunset by nature. 





The molten sky under the dark clouds took my breath away.



When darkness finally fell, I noticed a clear and bright moon, not the finfteenth-night-moon (満月/望月) but the fourteenth-night-moon (小望月), on the eastern sky.  It followed me wherever I went.  Do you see a rabbit, which is said in Japan to be living in the moon, pounding rice to make dumplings?





At night, Nara Park is pitch dark in some places where car headlights and illumination spotlights don’t reach.  It's so dark that some people think there might be 魑魅魍魎 (evil spirits of mountains and rivers) lurking due to so many battles in the ancient and medieval age.  In such a darkness, it’s too difficult for this immature photographer to take pictures of the moon.  Anyhow, I managed with the help of modest illumination.



At Sarusawa-ike Pond, the stage of Uneme Festival on the harvest moon night, people were sparse and were enjoying the stillness and the cool night breeze.




Two dragon-head boats were calmly waiting for their time to go on stage the next night lurking in the darkness.  I could barely see them with my eyes wide open.  (I made the image brighter on the computer to let you see the boats.)




While I was viewing the moon through the illuminated threads of weeping willow, the warmth and serenity of the moon infused itself into my heart. 

In Japan, the full moon nearest to Autumnal Equinox is called 中秋の名月, equivalent to  harvest moon.  Moon viewing ceremony is held at many temples, while at home people enjoy it as a seasonal event.  Tonight, I arranged "hagi" (Japanese bush clover) in a vase and offered it to the full moon together with rice-dumpling.   A perfect full moon for me is the one slightly hidden by thin clouds, a hazy moon.

Cheers to your full moon worldwide!

harvest moon tonight 


My dear friend Sarah reports Uneme Festival on the full moon night in her blog, here.

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39 comments:

  1. Yoko, your refective night photo of Ukimi-do Hall at Sagi-ike Pond is magnificent, but of course your capture of the Harvest Moon and molten sky under the dark clouds is wonderful too.

    You have so many deer to view at Nara Park...I don't know what I would do if so many appeared in our field...take photos most likely though! Lovely post, Yoko!

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  2. What a wonderful post but it is not a harvest moon all around the world. Here in the southern hemisphere it is springtime with plums and peaches flowering and cherries in bud. I too was walking at sunset tonight and watched the full moon rise, I will be posting it for SkyWatch.

    You have great night shots of Nara Park. Well done.

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  3. Its a beautiful post Yoko! Loved the night shots, you dont seem amateur photographer... The moon is captured perfectly, felt a chill watching those moon pics...
    Have a wonderful week ahead:)

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  4. Arija – I was forgetting that season is reverse in the southern hemisphere. How careless! Thank you for the reminder. I corrected the last sentence from “harvest moon” to “the full moon”.

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  5. Ah, stardust, you and I were both looking at the full moon at slightly different times! Last night I went to a nearby grocery store without my camera (I should never do that) and saw it there, hovering so beautifully over the parking lot. It looked so close and I could see many markings on the moon … but no rabbit. The evening captures with grazing deer and water reflections all look wondrous in your world. :)

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  6. Stardust, these are simply marvelous photos, the nighttime photos and especially the ones with the moon are exceptional.

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  7. Fantastic post. Beautiful moon. And great landscape. I love it.
    Warm wishes Marijke

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  8. Thank you for your kind comment. Your pictures of the beautiful full moon. I feel them the festive atmosphere. We celebrate the full moon, but I like the night when the full moon light. The night is then uplifting. Today, this shining night I watched about one hour. But then came the night storms and moonlight was replaced by light flashes. We wish you a nice day Peter.

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  9. Wonderful pictures as usual. It must have been a very special and beautiful feeling in the park, at night. I'm glad that there are some very dark parts of the park, because sometimes a feeling of mystery and slight fear can heighten our senses.

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  10. Breathtaking captures as always and what a gorgeous park! I love the night shots! And the MOON! Fantastic! Such beautiful glimpses of your lovely world! Thank you as always for sharing the beauty!

    Sylvia

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  11. 私も昨晩は月に魅せられていました。うす雲の間を見え隠れしながら、神々しく輝いていました。あたりの暗さが一層静かな落ち着いた輝きを引立てますね。

    まさに夕日で黄金に溶解した空、プラチナ色の輝きに裏打ちされた雲、・・・すばらしい写真にも感動しています。

    二月堂は何か修理工事でもやっているのでしょうか?

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  12. This is a wonderful, peaceful post. I love the way you told a story and illustrated it with your photos. The moon through the weeping willows is especially beautiful, as is the molten sky.

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  13. stunning photo's yoko, every single one!! your words and descriptions are very soothing!!

    i am amazed my the number of fawns in the picture, they don't run off??

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  14. Beautiful night view in the Floating Hall! The fourteenth moon may be loved very much by Japanese people because of our appreciation of imperfection.
    I enjoyed the full moon yesterday. But, I always wonder why the moon on September 12th this year is the most beautiful. For me, the moon is always beautiful anytime.

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  15. For us in India too, that was a special moon. Beautiful photos.

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  16. Cosmos - 東大寺二月堂は屋根の葺き替え工事のために足場が組んであるようです。

    snowwhite - I agree with you, moon is beautiful in any forms at any time. I’ve learned that the full moon around the Autumnal Equinox rises before 6 p.m. and stays up a little longer when it is getting dark with sunset, so the full moon gives farmers extra light when working on the harvest. That would be one of the leading reasons why called harvest moon and special in some countries.

    日本の「中秋の名月」ですが、気候や見上げるのにいい月の高さが秋にはベストと思われていたようです。その意味では10月の満月もそうなのですが。

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  17. Love your photos Yoko. Thanks for taking us on the walk with you. It was just lovely.

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  18. Lovely shots of your world. Beautiful and peaceful night.

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  19. What a fabulous post. It breathes of peace and beauty and calmness.. and of the approaching autumn.

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  20. What beautiful photos you have taken.

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  21. I tell you truly, I went Uneme-Festival yesterday,too. I've never seen it. But it's difficult to take photos the moving things in dark for me. So the picture of those ships were blurred. It's pitty! But I could watch a full moon like you.
    Enjoy a week ahead.
    Sarah

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  22. WOW, beautiful series of photos. I loved them all. The moon is beautiful and the park looks like a lovely place to walk. Have a great day.

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  23. It's such a great post Yoko! Your night photos are incredible - sheer beauty!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs
    Joo

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  24. I like the photo of Deer.All of them are same pose.It's cute.
    You have always acute sensitivity and show great explanation.Good job.

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  25. It would be lovely to view the moon in Nara Park!! The deer photo is fabulous! Now the Izayoi moon is shining bright!

    二月堂の階段の写真、とても趣がありますね。08年か09年に東大寺へ行ったおり、この階段おりました。なつかしいです。

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  26. That's a great series of shots - I especially love the night ones.

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  27. So many deers! If you bring them some snack will they take? And what is better to bring - carrots, perhaps? :D I'd be happy to spend some time with these cute animals. And dragons look cute as well ^_^

    Hagi.. I was reading some Japanese poetry the other night, and guess which flower was there? Hagi :) It doesn't have a Russian name, so it was hagi in translation as well.

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  28. I do not know where to begin writing about this fabulous series. It is awesome and so filled with gorgeous and beautifully captured shots...and the variation is astounding. What a fine, fine presentation you have shared with us all this week. I cannot select a favorite...they are all superb. What a beautiful day you experienced and were able to save for yourself and us with your camera. genie

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  29. I saw the moon the day before yesterday, too. And I thought aboyt the festival, Uneme on the previous day, as well. Your capture of the moon is surperb.
    I tried to take a photo from my yard but it was not so clearly taken. To take photos at night is quite difficult for me.

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  30. Ekaterina – Deer will gladly take snacks, but to keep them healthy and alive, we must give “shika senbei" (deer crackers) sold at vendors in Nara Park. Anything salty, sweet, greasy, or anything wrapped in plastic must not given to them.

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  31. I'll keep that in mind, thanks! :) Of course I wouldn't give them anything unhealthy.

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  32. Your photos of a waning day at Nara Park are so peaceful, from the grazing deer to the reflecting pond. I'm glad the moon cooperated and hope the Rabbit got his dumplings finished in time!

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  33. Delicious photos, really their night lights and reflections are beautiful. Very good all. Greetings.

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  34. Your "molten moon" takes my breath away too--lovely photos. We live in a beautiful world--day or night. Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

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  35. Unbelievable photos! Every photo is a marvel!
    Have a beautiful weekend.

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  36. What a gorgeous place and a gorgeous post! Thank you for sharing. Looking at these photos brought me a sense of calm and peace. And a desire to visit there myself!

    Nice to hear from you. I've been out with knee surgery but am now in the process of recovery...

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  37. Beautiful photos of the harvest moon and the reflections in the water!

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  38. Nice blog and beautiful and great photos! I will come again to see more with your permission. Regards,

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  39. Hello, Yoko !
    How interesting. Thank you, interesting post as always with breathtaking captures and gorgeous colors! Your pictures are always perfect!

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