Many floral arrangements this time of year include showy chrysanthemums.This one was part of a New Year's floral arrangement in the lobby of a building I visited last week. (Which is why they choose chrysanthemums. Even after two weeks it looked no worse for wear.) The colour contrast took me by surprise! It's certainly one of the more flamboyant ones I've seen.
I've been scrolling through photos from past Januarys and came across this one. It made me smile! It's melting snow on the hood of our car with the sky reflected in the windshield. (And, no, it's not a black and white photo.) We haven't had snow this year, just a few wimpy flurries here and there, but I expect it will come. Can't wait! (I know it won't accumulate so no shoveling will be required. Sorry, not sorry, Canadian friends and family! (^.~))
For many, many years, every week my husband and I visited my mother-in-law's home nearby and ate a meal together. Sadly, those days are gone as she can no longer live on her own. We still meet with my mother-in-law almost as often these days but at a different location. The house still stands and we check on it every now and then, but I miss it. It's nothing special, just a well-loved home full of memories, but once my mother-in-law is gone it will be torn down since no one wants homes like these anymore. When that day comes, it will break my heart...
More images the projection mapping event at Heian Jingu in Kyoto that we visited last week. If you'd like to know more, please see the previous post.
By the way, the official name of the event is "Naked Yorumoude Heian Jingu". "Naked" is the name of the production company, and "yorumode" is a combination of the words "yoru (evening)" and "moude (pilgrimage)".
Since mid-December, Heian Jingu in Kyoto has been opening its temple grounds in the evenings for an immersive experience of light and sound and, wow, it was magical! Throughout the grounds were various projection mapping displays and illuminated art installations and we slowly made our way through them, marveling at the beauty and creativity. This event has almost come to an end but if Heian Jingu repeats this next year, I highly recommend a visit.
English information and some lovely photos: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/528132
1 minute promotion video: www.adfwebmagazine.jp/en/art/naked-yormoude-heian-jingu-2022-by-naked-at-heian-jingu-kyoto/
(Taking photos was a challenge with the continually changing light and the bitter cold. I'm still not confident taking photos in situations such as these but thankfully I did get a few good photos.)
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