Wednesday, January 15, 2014

WINTER PEONY.

                     There is a peony garden in the precincts of Ueno Toshogu shrine in Tokyo.
                       We can see winter peony flowers from January to March in this garden.

               上野東照宮のぼたん苑に冬牡丹を見に行きました。


The peony garden and five storied pagoda of Kan-eij temple.

寛永寺の五重塔とぼたん苑です。



It's difficult to make peonies bloom in January.



Straw hut shelters are needed.







By macro lens.






Japanese allspice flowers are in full bloom too.

蝋梅も見事に咲いていました。

Japanese allspice.


By macro lens.


A magnolia has a lot of buds.

ハクモクレンにも蕾がいっぱいです。

Toshogu,Ueno was redecorated and became very beautiful.

上野東照宮は今年の元旦から改装後の公開がされました。
Main gate.

唐門(唐破風四脚門)です。

See-through fence.

透塀です。

Main building.

拝殿です。

権現造りです。


This shrine was made for Ieyasu Tokugawa.
He is the founder of Tokugawa government  and the government had lasted for 260 years.



His family precepts are very famous in Japan.  The precepts are as follows.


人の一生は、重荷を負うて遠き道を行くが如し、急ぐべからず。
The life of human is just like walking long way with heavy baggage. Never rush.


不自由を常と思えば不足なし、心に望み起らば困窮したるときを思い出すべし。
Stay in inconvenient situation all the time, them you will never feel your circumstance inconvenient. If you have unnecessary desire in your mind, remember when you have nothing but hard situation.

 堪忍は無事長久の基、怒りは敵と思え、勝つことばかり知りて、負けることを知らざれば、害その身に至る。
 Patience is the most important for keep everything safe and longer. Anger is the enemy. Thinking of victory all the time and never experiencing to be loser is not only good thing, but also that false ideal will harm your future.

己を責めて人を責めるな、及ばざるは過ぎたるより勝れり。
Be responsible all the time for all things. Never blame to other people. Be less is always better than too much.

                                                    Translated by MustLoveJapan.com
 
 














52 comments:

  1. That's amazing there are flowers blooming in January! Beautiful flowers too. I really like your quotes at the bottom of your post.

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  2. The family's precepts are all good ones. I like the last one especially -- another way of saying take responsibility for your own actions. And "less is more."

    It is wonderful to see peonies blooming in the Winter. They're such a beautiful flower!

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  3. These quotes are wonderful, Minoru.
    Truly words to live by.
    How fortunate you are to have all these colorful peonies to photograph.
    They are really beautiful.

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  4. Beautiful flowers and architecture and as they say one of your quotes ... We take life with patience, we will do better.
    Goodnight Minuru.
    a hug

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  5. こんにちは
    1月13日に、上野東照宮の冬牡丹にするか、浜離宮の紅梅にするか迷って、結局浜離宮に行ったのですが、紅梅は1分咲きで、大失敗でした。これだけ咲いてるなら、牡丹苑に行くべきでした。長いこと工事のシートで覆われていた、改装がやっと終わったんですね。牡丹もきれいですが、拝殿の金色もきれいです。次週は私も行ってみます。

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    1. 弘世旅空様
       こんばんは。私も13日の午後に行きました。ぼたん苑にいらしていたら、お会いしたかも。 東照宮が元旦から新装オープンと聞いていましたので、こちらに行きました。

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  6. What a beautiful temple! The peonies look beautiful in their individual straw huts.

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  7. 上野東照宮やっと工事が終わったんですね。ぴかぴかなんですね。わたしもぜひ見に行きたいと思います。
    私も先日芝離宮で牡丹の花を見ました。この寒さの中、みごとに咲き誇っているのに感心します。

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    1. Dear Merry Witch.
      こんばんは。冬牡丹は無理に正月に咲かせるので、少し可哀想ですが、とても美しかったです。東照宮も是非いらして下さい。

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  10. What a beautiful place Minoru!

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  11. thank you for the tour, beautiful place.

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  12. Wow, what a great place. I was intrigued by the straw shelters over the peonies.

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  13. 赤いぼたんは我が家の庭にも咲くので知ってたのですが、白いぼたんもきれいですね。もくれんも、もうこれだけの蕾がついてるのですか。東京は暖かいのですね。
    上野東照宮、美しいので、びっくりしました。透塀にも家康らしさ?がありますね。
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Dear sarah.
      こんばんは。そうですね。東京は暖かなのかも知れません。東照宮は長年古びた建物でしたが、今年の元旦から美しくなりました。

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  14. Wow! That's a very colorful shrine.

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    1.  Dear Thomas.
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    2. Dear Minoru, my apologies for being late in commenting on these magnificent photographs. What a beautiful place to visit and so many lovely blooms you have shared with us. Thank you so much and I wish you a very happy weekend.

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    3. Dear Denise.
      Thank you very much for your comment. I do not mind at all. Wishing you a nice weekend.

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  15. Ah, Japan is such a beautiful country. One day, I hope to travel there. These are beautiful blooms you got here.

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  16. Always liked peonies, because they have so many petals. But the Japanese allspice flower is also beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. what a beautiful architecture... amazing colours...It is incredible that the peonies and magnolia blooming in the Winter...

    Beautiful place and wonderful photos...

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  18. Absolutely beautiful. I love the peony flower. They are like little tissue paper flowers, fragile and intricate. These are so lovely. I am so happy you shared this post at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Big Hugs

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  19. Hi Minoru, Absolutely stunning photos from the peony garden. It's a gorgeous place with all the wonderful buildings and the lovely flowers.

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  20. Beautiful peonies with awesome shelter for the winter.

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  21. Catching up from OYGIF....I'm loving anything with flowers as I'm so tired of the Chicagoland white landscape of snow! Thanks♪♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/vegas-windows/

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  22. Dear Minoru,
    these are wonderful pictures of a beautiful place! All these amazing blossoms and colours!!! Really beautiful!!!
    I'm looking forward to see more pictures of your very interesting country :)
    Katrin

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      Thank you very much for your comment. I will upload my next blog at the end of this month.

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  24. Wonderful architectural building and sweet flowers...
    Such Nice post ...

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  25. 東京にしばらく住んでいましたが、、ここは行ったことないです。 牡丹にこれほど種類があるとは、驚きです。 教訓を英語に訳するのは難しくかったでしょう?私には出来ません。オレゴンはこのところ夏のような暑さです。 今のところエアコンなしでがんばっています。東京は暖かいですか?

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    1. Dear Akemi sama
      こんにちは。昨日まで旅行に行ってました。 冬牡丹は無理にこの時期に咲かせるので、花にとっては迷惑だと思います。
       家康の遺訓は翻訳されている物を少し変えました。Translated by MustLoveJapan.com この時期に暑いと体調の維持が大変ですね。

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