Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stay Gold

Japanese maple leaves ablaze in the late afternoon sun

Nothing that is beautiful and gold can stay forever.  As the cold wind blows, leaves are whirling and twirling around to the ground and getting muted in colors.  I often wonder why things are so beautiful at its final moment like the last ray of the sun painting the sky or the final blaze of autumn foliage above the ground covered in colors.  They are so gold.

The glinting beauty of fresh verdure is precious.  As the sun flickers through the leaves, they shine gold.  And there comes the time when they shine again with more golden blaze in their later life.
(Click on the photo to enlarge)

Stay Gold
Composed by Carmin Coppola
Lyrics and sung by Stevie Wonder

Seize upon that moment long ago
One breath away and there you will be
So young and carefree
Again you will see
That place in gold

Steal away into that way back when
You thought that all would last forever
But like the weather
Nothing can ever...and be in time
Stay gold

But can it be
When we can see
So vividly
A memory
And yes you say
So must the day
Too, fade away
And leave a ray of sun
So gold


Life is but a twinkling of an eye
Yet filled with sorrow and compassion
though not imagined
All things that happen
Will age too old
Though gold

As I’m mesmerized by the beauty of autumn foliage and think about the life of leaves, I think of man’s life by association. Leaves grow from the freshness to the maturity, pass away, become a part of the soil to help new life grow.  So do we and pass down the spiritual patrimony of traditions and wisdom to the next generation.  When remembered, autumn leaves and we both shine gold in the heart of someone who have fond memory of us.

- Some scenes of passing autumn leaves -

Dear Friends,
This post is going to be the last of this year.  Thank you for your encouraging, supportive, kind, or thought-provoking thoughts on my posts throughout the year, which have been the driving force for me to keep blogging.  In a week, I’ll be mostly away from the computer till the New Year, but when I have time I might visit you. 
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year!


  1. Yoko, this post is so wonderful, I would like to share it in my blog! I ask your permission: would you agree?
    I am wishing you with a hug and a smile golden holidays and a silvergoldred New Year in this twinkling of an eye we all own and share!
    Peace and love! Yael.

  2. Yoko, your post and blog give me so much hope and pleasure. I have not been well for quite a few months and have not been able to visit and have only posted intermittently.
    Autumn is my very favourite season, so I am doubly thankful for the enormous beauty you have captured here. the opulent colours and wonder of light.

    Have a wonderful holiday time!

  3. Simply beautiful. This post gives me great pleasure. Thanks for sharing your fantastic images.

  4. Thank you Yoko! Have a look! :-)

  5. Dear Yoko - your golden post, the last of the year, and so beautiful. May be the golds and reds are to encourage us though the darker days ahead although there is beauty too in the simpler outlines of the trees and landscape.
    Enjoy the holiday with your family and also the New Year. Look forward to your return in 2013 - sending you my very best wishes and thank you for all your lovely visits to me throughout 2012.

  6. ため息が出るほどの美しさ!なんというすばらしい紅葉でしょう!落ち葉もステキ。これが今年最後の記事なんですね。色々ありがとうございました。よいお年をお迎えくださいね。

  7. こんばんは。歌詞と写真と最高です。 良いお年をお迎え下さい。

  8. Hello Yoko!
    How wonderful beautiful pictures you show. Yes, the earth is beautiful. Hope you have a lovely holiday.
    Happy New Year to you.

  9. So beautiful!
    this post make me want to read autumn brocade by Teru Miyamoto again.
    Thank you!
    Merry X-mas and Happy new year :D

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment. Since you became my Friend, I’ve tried to access to your blog, but every time ends up error. I see “500. That’s an error.” I wonder if it's only me? Please be patient till I can reach you.

  10. Oh gosh - this is magically beautiful and so philosophical also.

    Enjoy your Christmas break.

  11. Jesień na Twoich ślicznych zdjęciach jest w różnych odcieniach złota. Wygląda to cudownie. Podobają mi się Twoje przemyślenia na temat życia. Ponieważ Cię nie będzie do końca roku, życzę również wspaniałego 2013 roku. Pozdrawiam.
    Fall on your lovely photos in different shades of gold. It looks wonderful. I like your thoughts on life. Because you will not be the end of the year, I wish you also a wonderful 2013. Yours.

  12. How beautifully you convey the circle of life through words and photos. I, too, have noticed that last bright splash of color in nature. Then leaves, like all life, fall back into a never-ending stream to be reborn prehaps in some other fashion. I wish you and your family all the best and look forward to your return in 2013!

  13. 美しく輝く秋の紅葉が私たちの心をつかみ、とりこにしてしまいます。年を取ると共に、その情感が深くなるようです。下から3番目の写真が素敵だなと思いました。
    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.

  14. These are truly wonderful photographs! I specially love the one of the leaves falling from the gingko, as if it is shedding its golden covering....
    The combination of many small different spots of colour gives a sparkling effect in so many of these beautiful pictures.

  15. your images are so beautiful. they bring peace.

    bless you, yoko. see you in 2013!

  16. Thank you, Yoko!
    It is a wonder to meet you. Thanks for showing us the beauty of Japan through your eyes and your soul ... I'm honored to visit your blog.
    Wish you the best and hope to see you soon again next year!

  17. Stunning photos,Autumn is indeed ablaze with colour in your part of Japan.There are so many shades of red and beautiful!

    Thank you Yoko,have a lovely day,

  18. What a simply wonderful post to finish the blogging year with. Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year.

  19. simply breathtaking picture dear Yoko! the first 3 are my favourite ones....I love autumn so much too and really enjoyed your last 2012 entry! wishing you+your family very happy, cozy and lovely time!

  20. Oh my Dear, I thank you for sharing in your blog images and texts that touch very deep.
    The golden leaves are so amazing... I loved each picture you took. And the deers, oh they are back!
    Take very good care, Yoko!
    My warmest wishes from Brazil
    Cheers and Merry Xmas!

  21. An exquisite post, Yoko...each and every photo a golden gem!
    Wishing you also the most wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

  22. Dear Yoko, Your photos will linger with me - a resplendent fall on Nara. Have a good rest until the New Year. Stay gold.

  23. Outstanding...First 2 photographs are too good...

  24. ほんとに今年の最後を飾るのにふさわしい輝きと煌めきと余韻と、そして希望を心に残してくれるポストですね!優しい透明感にあふれた写真にはいつも感動します。まだ今年の挨拶をするには早いので、もう少し保留しておきますね。いつもすばらしいポストをありがとう。

  25. What a lovely shots. I forgot the "gold" of the beauty.

    Happy new year although it's early. Enjoy your rest of the year.


  26. Hello, stardust.

    Lovely and heartwarming your works..

    Thank you for your visit.
    I thank for your usual and hearty support.
    The prayer for all peace.

    Have a good weekend. ruma❃


  27. Stay Gold is a song of the true heart.
    The text. The melody.
    I think that the music is noble.

  28. Yoko,thanks for your visit.Yes,I don't think these connections are coincidental,I've been told by my Reiki Master that love means "to be connected". This makes sense to me.

  29. stardustさん、こんにちわ。




  30. Cuanto lo siento que no hagas más en este año que termina, pero seguro que en ENERO retomas el blog y con ello nosotros el placer de ver tus bellas composiciones. Bss

  31. さまざまな葉の散る前の、また散ったのちの黄金の瞬間が切り取られていて今この季節ならではの感慨を誘ってくれます。

  32. How wonderfully beautiful, I felt lost in your golden words and delicate pictures. I loved this line very much - "When remembered, autumn leaves and we both shine gold in the heart of someone who have fond memory of us."

    I'm honored to have known you and learnt so much from you and your blogs, you show us not only the outer beauty but also the beauty that lies within. Thank you very much for a wonderful 2012 of writing and wish you and your family a very happy new year. See you soon!

  33. stunning. Absolutely marvelous...

  34. Yoko,thank you for all the lovely and informative posts throughout the year.I always look forward to them......and thanks for your supportive comments on my blog,I really appreciate them.
    Wishing you and your family a joyful festive season!

  35. Dear Yoko!
    I hope you are all right, are you? Let it be! Sometimes it is a bit strange to recognize your own thoughts in the other person's words. Autumn makes me feel the way you describe. Its dazzling beauty reminds you of perishable nature of all in our world. God grant you good health, Yoko!

  36. Hello Yoko!
    You're leaving beautiful gold photos and a wonderful poem until you come back!
    I also wish you a Merry Xmas and great moments with your family!
    Keep well and bring back nice photos!

  37. Beautiful photos, Yoko-san!

    When I feel sad that autumn is almost over, I tell myself, "Don't worry, Ru, a few months from now we'll be able to enjoy fresh new spring leaves!"

    Thank you for all your lovely posts this year. Enjoy your break, and have a very lekker (remember that word?) 2013!

  38. ✿✿°•.
    Imagens lindas.
    A natureza é sempre bonita.

    Bom fim de semana!


  39. Invitación
    Yo soy brasileño, y tengo un blog, muy simple.
    Estoy lhe invitando a visitar-me, y se posible, seguimos juntos por ellos.
    Fuerza, Alegría y Amizad.
    Ven acá, y deja un comentário, para YO, seguí en su blog con facilidad.

    Yo, estoy te seguyendo.
    Abrazos, del Brazil.

  40. Great to see your beautiful photos of the gold-coloured fall, Yoko! Today we have had blowing snow all day long and we did not went out for one short Sunday stroll - it's just windy, cold and nasty outside. The winter has a lock on whole Germany!

    Friday evening we determined our annual one-week conference with colleagues from all over the world, among them three colleagues from our subsidiary at Japan. It was equally challenging, exiting and exhausing and now everybody is glad than the conference is over.
    Let's wait and see what next week will bring along. One of my colleagues and I took approx. 2600 photos during the five days of the conference. Within the next days we are going to sort them out. That's the reason why there's not too much time to take and edit private winter photos currently. ;-(
    Enjoy your (much more) pleasant December, Yoko!


    By the way: I got Christmas cards from Japan from my Japanese colleague... ;-)

  41. Hello Yoko,
    How can i send you a e-mail?

  42. Tudo aqui é maravilhoso.
    Muito obrigada pela visita. Fiquei feliz. Amo a natureza. E aqui eu encontro um dos maiores jardins encantados.
    A natureza traz uma paz imensa.

    Um bom dia.

  43. Thank you so much for your kind comments today! They are much appreciated. And I would return good wishes for you also, however you celebrate this season. May you have a prosperous and healthy New Year! I shall look forward to your return to blogging!

  44. Hi Yoko, Your photos are beautiful as always. I know that the Japanese celebrate the first day of the year in a big way like how the Chinese celebrate the Spring festival around late January and early Febrary. Warm wishes to you and family for a great year ahead.

  45. Hello Yoko, your post is so beautiful, the pictures and the text about the gold and your words about us being like gold in someone's memory. I'm grateful that I found you via Wanda. You have given me so much in your pictures and telling about Japan which is a beautiful and exciting place.
    I'm sorry that I in my last comment to you said something wrong. My son knew the film you've mentioned, this is very special, but I said something wrong about the series. It's a rather complicated theme, but he has shown me some of the animés and they are amazing. And these animés are also some special animés. I know too little Yoko!!

    I see that you have stopped for this year, and I want to thank you for so many lovely posts in 2012 and wish you a good time of Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. I hope we shall all have a very good year in 2013 on this wonderful blue planet.

    Best wishes to Yoko in the land of the rising sun from Grethe,
    who's living in a little fairy-land, which is just a coffee-spot
    on the World's Map. ´)

  46. ✿✿✿
    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!

  47. Truly beautiful pictures! Thank you for showing me how lovely Japan is!
    I've been a very naughty blogger just recently, what with my internet going horribly wrong and then as soon as it was fixed, the Christmas Variety Show kept me busy and now all the Christmas prep.... however I promise to be better in the future. So Have a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2013!

  48. ¡FELIZ NOCHE! Bss desde Un Jardín para MariCari y por supuesto, para ti.

  49. Amazingly beautiful photos :)!!!! I almost feel like I'm there. I hope you have a fantastic Christmas.

  50. Happy Holidays from your blogging friend in Houston.

  51. Merry Christmas,Yoko.
    皆それぞれ個性がある良い仲間に入れてもらえたのも、"thanks to you".楽しかった。

    私は、今の生活が永遠に続くわけじゃないので、new active life の助走の準備中かもと思ってます。


  52. ♡♡ ✿ °•.¸


    Cheio de paz, saúde e muitas alegrias.


  53. Such exquisite images that make the lyrics come alive. Wishing you the best for a healthy and happy 2013.

  54. Son unas fotografías preciosas. Me alegra mucho conocer tu blog es muy interesante. Asimismo gracias por tu visita.
    !Feliz año nuevo¡

  55. Hello Yoko !

    So wonderful !
    How interesting post and beautiful blog !

    Wish you & your family a very Happy New Year 2013 !

  56. Bellísimas fotos. Un colorido espectacular.
    Me quedo por aquí para seguir compartiendo tu magnífico trabajo.
    Un abrazo

  57. What a lovely post to finish the year – and the photos are splendid- a totally golden post. I hope you had a nice relaxing time during the end of year holidays. I hope the New Year will find you refreshed and ready to show us more lovely pictures from Japan – best wishes.

  58. Simply amazing, I love the nature.

    Simplemente increible, me encanta la naturaleza

    Un saludo / Greetings

  59. Such colorful and stunning photos--lovely post (and I do like the poem too). Just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year-hope it is filled with joy, peace, and many blessings. Mickie :)


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