My camera seems to be enjoying it's elevated position from case to handbag. Suddenly it is calling out to me as I pass a world of beauty.
Wednesday I met with my friend, Shigeko for a day of beauty.
We went to the Nezu Museum ...
No pictures of the exhibits ... and viewed ancient treasures in the form of scrolls telling old stories.
Some were mounted on folding screens and many of those tales I have viewed as Kabuki plays.
There were some scrolls where the pictures were so tiny and detailed, it seems they must have been painted with a brush with only one hair!
The title of the exhibit is "Pictured Tales: From Courtly Narratives to Medieval Short Stories".
Galleries seeing ancient Chinese Bronzes, Buddhist art, fan-shaped paintings, and tea ceremony implements.
Then, as if that was not enough walking, we went out to enjoy the beautiful garden attached to the museum.
The sky was a beautiful blue and the trees have reached their prime in color.
There were paths going in all directions and we needed to make a choice ... left or right or straight ...every few steps.
The garden was also a show place of art with sculptures and lanterns well placed at every turn.
And how inviting is that path leading upward?
Those trails were almost like a maze.
High above in the trees, the Hiyodori (Brown-eared Bulbul) were calling out as they enjoyed the scene.
As I understand it, the insects winter in the straw bands rather than burrowing into the tree bark and the straw can then be burned in the spring.
I don't know if black pines are in great danger from insects, but the red pines are suffering greatly from pine blight carried from tree to tree by the pine-bark beetle.
It was a wonderful treat from my friend to enjoy all this and as we left, we noted the next exhibit will begin January 9th.
These little straw decorations along the garden path represent plum (can you see the shape of the flower in the twisted straw rope?) and the other might be pine or bamboo.
They seem to be saying, "Come back in the New Year to our show".
And Tuesday night, I grabbed this picture of the tree skirt on the floor at church. When I returned home, I added the ties along the open edge and at this moment it is winging its way to Oregon.
I had to chuckle about a week or two ago when Quilt Inspiration (Check them out ) posted a terrific selection of tree skirt patterns. A little late for my use ... I had to come up with a pattern of my own .. but had I seen them, I would have had a hard time deciding on just one.
Now it is on to my Christmas presents (the tree skirt was actually a birthday present requested in February). Nothing like a deadline or two to keep me moving.